By C.C. Boorman
A few eyebrows were raised when the Dallas Cowboys made Central Florida defensive tackle Trysten Hill their first selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. It was obvious throughout the pre-draft process Hill was a coveted target, but some expected him to be a third round or even fourth-round selection. Instead, he went No. 58 overall ahead of what many expected would be a choice at the safety position, with virtually all the top prospects still available.
Hill’s experience at Central Florida was a challenging one. His first two seasons saw him lining up across from the center as a nose tackle in a 3-4 attack. Then came a philosophical change to a 4-3 alignment under a new coaching staff after Scott Frost made the leap to head up Nebraska’s program.
In his final season at UCF, Hill notched 36 tackles (10.5 for loss) and three sacks with most of his playing time coming off the bench. He started only one of the Golden Knights’ 12 games. But despite the circumstances, he had his most productive collegiate season.
A good deal of noise was made about Hill having an attitude problem with the UCF coaching staff, but Dallas was able get through that with an extensive fact-finding mission all under the attentive eye of defensive coordinator and DL guru Rod...