Round 4, Pick: 107: Trysten Hill, DL, Central Florida
With the departure of McCoy looking more and more likely by the day, the Buccaneers will need to add another defensive lineman in this year’s draft class. Again, good news for the Buccaneers is that the defensive line class is also very deep. If they miss out on Quinnen Williams in the first round or Dexter Lawrence and Jerry Tillery in the second round, in-state prospect Trysten Hill would be a solid pick in the fourth round.
A 6’3 and 308 pound defensive lineman should not be able to jump 35 inches in the air or 115 inches on his broad jump, but Hill did just that at the combine last month while running a similar 40 yard dash as Lawrence did at 5.04 seconds. Getting Hill in the fourth round has potential to pay big dividends for the Buccaneers with a low risk involved.
In a reduced and under-utilized role under the new coaching staff at Central Florida after Scott Frost left for his alma mater Nebraska, Hill still managed to set up camp in the opposition’s backfield, recording 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks from his defensive tackle spot. Given his snap count, this amount of production is elite.
Hill could come into Tampa Bay and immediately compete with Beau Allen, William Gholston, and Rakeem Nunez-Roches to start at interior defensive end opposite Jason Pierre-Paul and next to Vita Vea. With the 107th pick in the draft, the Buccaneers find their potential replacement for McCoy.