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Packers show interest in free agent DB Josh Hill

The Packers are doing some digging into a player who has been out of football for three years, but on its surface it seems like an odd fit.

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The Green Bay Packers, particularly with Ted Thompson at the helm of the personnel department, are known for their propensity to dig up smaller-school players or overlooked individuals in the NFL Draft.

Perhaps he is back at it at present.

According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the Packers are doing their research on defensive back Josh Hill, who finished his college eligibility at the University of California in 2013.

Hill is a fairly unknown name, except that he occasionally gets confused with the tight end of the same name who plays for the New Orleans Saints. The defensive back signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 draft, but was waived in August of that season and has not earned an NFL contract since. He has reportedly retired from football, but is now attempting a comeback.

Hill is a bit of a strange fit in Green Bay, however, as his Pro Day measurements do not exactly jump off the page. He measured in at 5 feet, 9-3/4 inches and 204 pounds, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds. He had a decent 3-cone drill at 6.92 seconds, but his explosiveness numbers were moderate, with a 32” vertical and 9’9” broad jump. Unless he has improved his athleticism considerably, Hill does not appear to be the elite athlete that the Packers tend to prioritize when examining overlooked players.

(Pro Day numbers courtesy of