Dax Hill takes control of Leadership in Bengals Defensive Backfield with Vonn Bell and Eli Apple gone; talks to media after 36-19 loss to Packers

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Daxton Jor-El Hill (born September 29, 2000) is an American football safety for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan and was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

As a true freshman at Michigan in 2019, Hill played in 13 games with three starts and had 36 tackles and one interception. As a sophomore in 2020, he started six games, recording 46 tackles and one interception. He returned to Michigan as a starter in 2021 and received first-team all conference honors. Hill declared for the 2022 NFL Draft following the 2021 season.


Hill was eased into his rookie year by Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, backing up Jessie Bates III at free safety, and playing as a gunner on special teams snaps.

In Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hill would play his first game as a starter, switching positions to cornerback due to both regular starter Mike Hilton and backup Jalen Davis suffering injuries the week prior. Hill played in a nickelback role for the game, recording 5 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles.

Hill’s middle name Jor-El was taken from the comic book character of the same name. His brother, Justice Hill, played running back for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.


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