Tony Hills future as a Longhorn was in doubt before he ever stepped foot on campus. He injured his knee in high school and sat out an entire year before enrolling in Austin. After spending time as a backup, he finally broke into the starting lineup last year, starting 13 games at left tackle. Hills’ season and college career came to an early end this season, when he broke his fibula against Texas Tech.
Hills is an intriguing prospect at tackle. He has an excellent frame, and a body that can pack on more weight without impacting his agility. He is an excellent athlete, with very good feet and lateral agility. He is very good in pass protection at adjusting to a defenders moves to get to the quarterback. Hills has the natural athletic ability to be a standout tackle in the NFL.
Hills has a thin build and will need to get stronger in the NFL to maximize his potential. Durability has also been a concern for him. The knee injury in high school caused some doubt about his future, and in just his second season starting he broke his leg. He will need to show he can be more reliable on the field.
Hills has a lot of upside, and he will probably be drafted in the first two rounds because of his potential. He has the ideal tackle frame and athleticism and some team will fall in love with him. If he can get stronger and stay on the field, Hills could be an excellent NFL left tackle.