Rams take Clemson CB Hill with 15th pick

Updated: April 29, 2006, 2:43 PM ET

NEW YORK - After trading down in the first round, the St. Louis Rams selected Clemson cornerback Tye Hill with the 15th pick in Saturday's NFL draft.

The Rams originally had the 11th pick, but sent that to the Denver Broncos for this pick and a third-round selection (68th overall).

Only one NFC team allowed more touchdown passes than the Rams, who last took a cornerback in the first round in 1991 when they selected Todd Lyght.

Under new coach Scott Linehan and new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, the Rams have made numerous offseason defensive moves, signing tackle La'Roi Glover, linebacker Will Witherspoon and safety Corey Chavous.

The 5-9 1/2, 185-pound Hill finished third in the nation in pass breakups last year with 21 and recorded 54 tackles and three interceptions.

Hill's stock rose at the scouting combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds. Also has long arms and outstanding leaping ability.

But Hill is undersized and could struggle against big receivers.

The Miami Dolphins have the next pick.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index