Christopher Hinton

Christopher Hinton

  • Height
  • Hand
    10 1/2
  • VJ
  • Weight
  • Arm
    32 3/8
  • Speed
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Tolbert Nance - Scout
Christopher Hinton
  • Overall Rank
  • Position Rank
  • Position
  • Age
    21.8 Years
  • Team


Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2019 4 10 1 0.0% 0 -
2020 5 13 2 6.3% 1 2 PD
2021 13 32 1 5.8% 1 2 PD, 2 FR


Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Christopher Hinton has a well-structured body, filled out in his uppers and lowers, with adequate height and average weight. Possesses average overall length with limited arm length, limited shoulder width, and outstanding hand size. Hinton hasn't had any problems with injuries (not missing any games while at Michigan due to injury) and is the youngest among DTs (according to out available numbers). Only playing in 32 career games across a 3-year career (with COVID being a big factor in 2020), Hinton also doesn’t have the wear and tear of other DT prospects either (also 1 of only 2 true JRs, along with DeMarvin Leal, in this draft at DT among the potential draftees). Also, Christopher is the older brother of Stanford’s starting RT, Myles Hinton, showcasing the big man athleticism in his bloodline as well.

  • Size
  • Length
  • Frame/Durability
Grade 6.3


Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Christopher Hinton is a player with adequate toughness as he showed versatility by playing across the DL out of mostly a 4pt stance (0-5) with powerful enough strike to extend, read, react, and make plays a 2-Gap and good enough block feel to be an average penetrator as well. Don't see him get knocked back consistently but did lose his balance (struggled vs. Michigan State). Average instincts/FBIQ regardless of his poor anticipation off the ball (or perhaps just not very explosive, but flashes and his 32 vert would say otherwise). Keeps his eyes on the backfield in the run game especially when extended in 1v1s (powerful strike to where he even uplifted OL at times) and showed good feel on gaps. Possesses an limited, inconsistent motor that ran cold more often than hot but could be determined in a variety of directions. Not a very urgent player that looks lax out of his stance who also reads as a very patient player who is steady on blocks with above the line hand strength to be able to make up. Not a play finisher and should not be expected to make plays out in space (especially considering limited arm length to make grab tackles).

  • Toughness
  • Instincts
  • Effort/Motor
Grade 5.0


Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Christopher Hinton has limited explosiveness that flashes at times but ultimately didn't look desirable with his poor get off and inability to gain ground consistently downhill (especially in pass rush from a 3-Tech). What he lacked in lower body was moreso adequate in his uppers as he did show above the line hand strength and flashed ability to uplift and get underneath OL to make smart plays. Limited speed and labors in space. Average body control that would have been rated higher after the Rutgers game if he didn't follow that up with poor performances of balance by overextending his body or getting pushed off the ball on occasion (could improve here by consistency in technique and processing). Limited flexibility/bend and shouldn’t be expected to bend a corner but did flash ability to bend and work underneath OL. Adequate COD and played well laterally down the LOS, including widening is steps and showing ability to consistently play squared up down the LOS (erased so holes on the perimeter vs. Stretch to his side). Adequate play strength and held his own mostly vs. both single and double teams by utilizing his leverage and hand strength.

  • Explosiveness
  • Speed
  • Body Control
  • Flexibility/Bend
  • Change of Direction
  • Play Strength
Grade 4.8


Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Christopher Hinton has poor get off/initial burst and generally isn’t the 1st 1 off the ball. He does utilize outstanding pad level/leverage as an equalizer. Limited in pass rush because of his speed/twitch limitations that hold him back from being a consistent finisher (would be a 2nd effort sack type of guy if anything due to his good interior feel). Don't think he has the knockback to be a pocket pusher. Above the line heavy handedness that allows him to manage 1v1s and doubles while working up and under OL. Does aim wide with his hands and miss at times. Adequate POA and excels holding up gaps in erasing RB lanes. Adequate disengage and likes to use a strike and snag that wins often but lacks diversity and has a swim move that is still in progress. Struggles vs. length. Can be a block avoider due to lateral ability. Limited closing speed and lacks the speed or length to finish. Limited twitch/suddenness and lacks that. Limited play temperament due to just not looking very violent in his play. Just a very solid player who makes plays off of secondary part of the play intelligence specifically in the rule game along with his mixture of upper and lower body power strength to hold up.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
  • Pass Rush
  • Heavy Handedness
  • Point of Attack
  • Disengage
  • Closing Speed
  • Twitch/Suddenness
  • Play Temperament
Grade 4.8

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What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
JR who has started 19 of 32 games, including 14 of 14 in 2021. 5-star HS prospect who attended a relatively heavily-recruited Northeast Atlanta private school out of HS (Greater Atlanta Christian School) along with his younger brother (Myles Hinton, a 2020 Stanford OL signee and current starter at RT) before taking his talents to the BIG 10. Appeared in 12 games with 1 start in 2019 as a true FR (made his 1st career start along the DL vs. Alabama in the Citrus Bowl). Appeared in all 6 games of a COVID-shortened season in 2020 as a SOPH, making 4 starts and earning Academic All-Big 10 honors. Started all 14 games along the DL in 2021 as a JR for a BIG 10 Championship-winning team that was also in contention for the National Championship (12-2 overall and participated in the College Football Playoff) while earning All-Big 10 Honorable Mention, 2 Defensive Player of the Week honors (Northern Illinois and Nebraska), Hard Hat Player of the Week (Rutgers), and his 2nd Academic All-Big Ten honor of his career. Played under HC Jim Harbaugh (7th season), DC Mike Macdonald (1st season), and DL Coach Shaun Nua (3rd season). Christopher Hinton projects best as a player that could initially be a Developmental Backup with ability to work into a Role Backup type of role. Hinton projects best to play at a 1-3-Tech in a 4-3 (could potentially play some 2i-3 in a 3-4) that shouldn't be counted on consistently vs. Pass but could provide Run-erasing ability especially due to his COD and heavy handedness.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Rutgers
  • Sep - 25 - 2021
  • Highest Solo Tackle Game of Career / Instinctive vs. Interior Run / Consistent Anchor While Driving Up Underneath OL / Playing Well Down the LOS
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Michigan State
  • Oct - 30 - 2021
  • Bad POA Play and Lost Balance A Lot (Lunging) / Slow / Lacking Effort
Best Trait
Hand Strength / Relative Youth and Lack of Wear and Tear to the Field
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