The 2012 NFL regular season is still months away, but that’s exactly where former Florida Gators safety Will Hill hopes to be this year. Hill – undrafted after declaring for the 2011 NFL Draft after his junior season at Florida – is currently with the New York Giants and battling to extend his stay.
When mentioning Hill, the word “bust” comes into play more often than not. He never lived up to his enormous potential at Florida, but there were many reasons for it. Initially, he couldn’t crack the lineup full-time; then there was the trouble and suspension. None of it went as expected for either party and Hill parted ways with one season of eligibility remaining.
NFL teams would pass over Hill and he wound up in the Arena Football League with the Arizona Rattlers. One season later, he’s getting another chance to play in the NFL.
The Giants like Hill’s potential, but need to see more. With a number of other safeties competing for roster spots, Hill will need to be better than he ever was with the Gators. He’ll need to prove he can perform at high levels consistently and that any past trouble is behind him. It’s an uphill battle for Hill, but he’s getting another chance. It’s up to him what he does with it.
For starters, he should focus on delivering hits in the field of play.