Former Michigan football standout Khalid Hill didn’t get picked in the 2018 NFL draft, but he did get signed as a rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks.
The 2018 NFL draft didn’t really go as planned for the Michigan football team and its draft hopefuls. Maurice Hurst went way later than most expected a short time ago and the only other player picked was Mason Cole.
Guys like Mike McCray and Khalid Hill, the other Michigan football players with a chance at getting picked weren’t. McCray signed a rookie free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins and soon after, Hill followed suit. Except Hill joined the Seattle Seahawks, which on paper, seem like a perfect fit.
If there is one thing you can say about Hill, it’s that he’s tough. He was a fullback/tight end at Michigan and was known for his success in blocking and short-yardage situations. With a team like Seattle, which is known for being physical, it could be a perfect fit.
The reality is that not a lot of NFL teams invest heavily in the fullback position. It’s just not a priority. However, teams like Seattle, that run the west-coast offense, still use fullbacks and that’s probably part of the reason why Hill signed there.
And truth be told, Hill is more of a threat than he is given credit for. During the last two seasons, Hill scored 16 touchdowns for Michigan football. 13 of those came running the football, but three came as a receiver. In fact, he has 29 career receptions for 288 yards, including 16 catches for 118 yards and three scores as a junior. That season, he found the end zone 13 times.
On top of that, he’s a physical blocker. Hill is definitely a great guy to have on your side if you need to convert a fourth-and-one. He was tremendous running in those situations at Michigan. Yet, at the next level, he may need to block. But that’s the great thing about Hill, he’s good at both.
Certainly, his path to NFL stardom will be long and difficult. But if he can earn his way onto the field as a blocker and on special teams, Hill could find a home in Seattle.