UNIVERSITY PARK - The Seattle Seahawks selected Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill Friday in the third round of the 2013 National Football League draft.
A 2012 second-team All-American and Nittany Lion co-captain, Hill was the No. 87 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. A total of 10 Penn State defensive linemen have been NFL draft choices since 2003, including five in the first round.
A 2013 NFL Scouting Combine participant, Hill earned first-team All-Big Ten honors by the coaches, media panel, BTN.com and ESPN.com last year. In the 2013 Senior Bowl, Hill made three tackles, including 1.5 TFL for minus-6 yards and 0.5 sacks. His TFL total was third-highest in the Senior Bowl.
A starter in 24 games the past two seasons, Hill played an instrumental role for a defense that ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in scoring defense at 19.1 ppg, holding six teams to 17 or fewer points. He was fourth on the team with 64 tackles, second with 4.5 sacks (minus-32) and tied for third with 8.5 tackles for loss this season.
Hill made 171 career tackles, recording 19.5 tackles for losses, 9.5 sacks, forcing two fumbles and recovering four fumbles.