Scouting Profile: Stephen Hill

On day two of the 2012 NFL draft, the Jets war room made a hard charge for Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill. New York moved up four spots from the No. 47 to the No. 43 to nab the former Yellow Jacket. Gang Green sent their fifth-rounder and seventh-rounder to the Seattle Seahawks, finally landing a pass-catcher to play opposite Santonio Holmes.

Name: Stephen Hill

School: Georgia Tech

Position:Wide Receiver

BEST COMPARISON: Randy Moss

PROJ. DRAFT POSITION: First - Early Second

Key Stats:

2010 - 15 rec, 291 yds, 3 TDs

2011 - 28 rec, 820 yds, 5 TDs INJURY HISTORY No significant injuries

CAREER ACCOLADES

1,248 yards in three seasons 2011 - 29.3 YPC Average

Arguably one of the few receivers in this draft class to have true potential at becoming a No. 1 receiver, Stephen Hill is a very athletic deep threat with blazing speed and unmatched leaping ability. Hill gives off the feel of a basketball star on the field, using his body to create space and box-out defenders. He's a balanced athlete with strong legs, helping him stay on his feet.

Hill has great agility for a man his size, both running and catching. Hill can contort his body and adjust in mid-air to pull off impressive catches -- making jump-ball situations a one-sided fight. Even with his frame, Hill is not an easy tackle in the open field. He's a smooth runner that can change directions effectively without compromising speed. Hill has great top-end speed and he gets there quickly, demonstrating impressive acceleration and quickness.

Given the triple-option offense format that he comes from in college, Hill is still somewhat of a raw talent. Despite racking up big plays and high averages, Hill was usually on the receiving end of big throws following a defensive bite on the option fake. That said, Hill is a threat to go over the defense every time he lines up and his nine-routes will transition perfectly in the NFL with his combination of speed and size.

Once again attributing to the offensive scheme, Hill's route tree is not fully developed. Although he can cut and find soft spots in the zone, route-running will likely be Hill's biggest battle at the next level. Hill will also need to improve his consistency in terms of a pass-catcher, as he sometimes appears to lack concentration on catches. Hill has more than enough physical tools to succeed as a professional, but he has to take well to coaching and learn how to effectively read a defense.


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