2019 second-round pick Trysten Hill, the defensive tackle from Central Florida. Drafted with future stardom in mind, the luster of the pick seemingly disappeared quickly as he didn’t garner much playing time, for various reasons, on a defense that had its struggles on the interior defensive line.

Heading into training camp, expectations were somehow lower than at the start of the previous season as he was buried in a depth chart consisting of Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy, Neville Gallimore, DT Antwaun Woods, and DT/DE Tyrone Crawford. With DE/OLB Aldon Smith and DE/DT Joe Jackson showing some positional versatility, the idea of Hill garnering playing time was slowly dissipating.

With the unfortunate news of Gerald McCoy’s ruptured right quad, Hill’s name has not only resurfaced but also has gained traction. While the team can currently peg Tyrone Crawford as the starter at 3 technique, it would be difficult to envision a situation in which he plays more than 55 to 60 percent of the snaps after coming back from hip surgery, an injury that sidelined him for 12 games in the 2019 season.

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