NFL Combine 2012 Results: Stephen Hill Proves Why He's a Sleeper
At today's Combine, Hill ran a blazing 4.30 40-yard dash. Here's a look at one of the stars of the Combine.
A little Hill history
At Georgia Tech, Hill had the unfortunate task of playing wide receiver in the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense. GT ran the ball 80.31 percent of the time, which is just bordering on comedic at that point.
Hill did not get a whole lot of chances to prove himself.
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As a result, he only pulled in 28 catches on the year, but he turned those catches into an astounding 820 yards and five touchdowns. For all the non-mathematicians out there, that is 29.3 yards per catch.
So, yeah, I'd say he possesses big-play ability. At least a little bit.
Nonetheless, the system, along with Hill's mostly raw ability has dropped his stock. ESPN has him ranked 91st as an overall prospect and 13th as a receiver.
That would likely put him somewhere in the third round.
What this 40 time means
The fact that Hill recorded the fastest time on the day is impressive, but it isn't quite as important as the fact that it reminded us how good of an athlete he is.
At 6'5" and 208 pounds, Hill has the size to be a red-zone threat. Add to that his roadrunner-type speed and the ability to make spectacular catches, and you have someone who could follow in the footsteps of fellow Yellow Jacket receivers.
I'm not saying he's going to immediately produce like Calvin Johnson or even Demaryius Thomas, but Hill certainly looks a lot like them.
We simply need to remember not to blame a player for his system, as Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey reminds us.
Stephen Hill a perfect example of scouts blaming player for scheme. I've coached from exact same playbook, it doesn't ASK WR's to do more...— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) February 26, 2012
Where his stock is now
Hill still has trouble getting separation and constantly catching the ball away from his body, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him drafted in the second round.
The Combine strikes again.
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