FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Trysten Hill spent part of his 21st birthday talking football with Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, about a month before the Cowboys made the former Central Florida defender their first pick of the draft in the second round.
At the time, Hill was dealing with questions about his final season with the Golden Knights, when a coaching change resulted in the defensive tackle starting just one game after Hill was a full-time starter for two seasons under former coach Scott Frost.
Hill sold the no-nonsense Marinelli that night and in other conversations before the draft, and ultimately won over enough of the Dallas staff to get taken 58th overall by a team that didn’t have a first-round pick because of a trade for receiver Amari Cooper last season.
Now it’s time for Hill to build on that first impression, starting with rookie minicamp this weekend.
“I think that kind of got fueled the wrong way,” Hill said of his relationship with the UCF staff under Josh Heupel, Frost’s replacement following a 13-0 season in 2017. “I know what it’s like to be coached by all different types of coaches. The…