All-Big Ten defensive tackle Jordan Hill broke the ice for Penn State in the 2013 NFL Draft, going to the Seattle Seahawks with the 25th pick of the third round (87th overall).
Hill had 64 tackles for the Nittany Lions last season, including 8.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks. He also had a fumble recovery and an interception.
So far, Hill is the only Penn State player to be selected in the first three rounds. But several other Lions are expected to go in rounds four through seven Saturday.
Here is what Hill had to say in a conference call with Seahawks' beat writers.
On his thoughts on being drafted by the Seahawks:
Man, it's an emotional feeling. I've been waiting for a phone call, and I'm really excited that it's gonna be Seattle.
On whether he had much contact with the Seahawks:
I did at the Combine. They told me they were very interested in me, and then I got the call today.
On his skill set:
I'm a versatile player. I'm not only a guy that can just pass rush but I can also stop the run. And I'm a guy that plays with a high motor, and just wants to get out there each and every play. I just love playing football and I love to compete.
On whether he is a three-technique or nose tackle:
I can play either or. I'm willing to do whatever as long as I get an opportunity.
On where he played at Penn State:
I played mostly the 1-tech, the nose.
On if he has ever been to Seattle:
No sir, I have not been there.
On if he has an connections to anyone on the Seattle staff:
On how important his relentlessness is:
It's really everything to my game. Just the way I work the guy in front of me, how much work I put into it studying film, and stuff like that, and just my relentless play. Whenever you work that hard at something you're bound to succeed.
On what player at the next level he tries to emulate?
The guys I try to emulate are the guys I played with here at Penn State, which is Jared Odrick and Devon Still.
On getting a fresh start in the pros after going through the scandal at Penn State:
The things that went on here, I'm glad that I went through it. It's nothing I would take back and regret. I'm glad I was able to come here to Penn State and fight through all the adversity because I feel like it made me a better man. And now that my goals are finally reached, and I'm getting an opportunity to play in the NFL, it just makes it that much better. Now that I had that opportunity of going through everything, I just want to take advantage of it even more.
On if he gave any thought to going elsewhere for his senior year:
No sir. I was positive I was staying at Penn State. The only way I would have left it if we weren't able to play football.