T.Y. Hilton is one of the more dynamic players in this year's draft. He uses unparalleled speed—clocked at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day—and extreme elusiveness to contribute as a receiver, return man and runner.
Over the course of his career at Florida International, Hilton accumulated 229 receptions for 3,531 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also had 69 rushes for 498 yards and seven touchdowns, and reached the end zone six more times as a return specialist.
CBSSports.com has this say of Hilton's positives and negatives:
Positives: Combines speed, balance, quickness, vision and crisp cuts to leave defensive backs and linebackers in the dust. Very good hands, accepts the ball fluidly on most throws and is ready to make a play afterwards. Makes catches in traffic, even going up over taller defenders with vertical and toughness. Flashes the foot quickness and toughness to handle slot duties at the next level and lines up all over the field. Dangerous with the ball in his hands.
Negatives: Rarely got challenged in press coverage in college, and he will need to prove he can shake and make the crisp cut to free himself from the jam. NFL defenders may be able to knock him off his route because of his slight frame.
What Hilton lacks in size, he more than makes up for in explosiveness. He's quick off the snap, runs precise routes and has hands that pluck the ball from the air. He's an ideal fit for the slot and should be able to stretch the field on a regular basis. He's improved each year since his freshman season and will continue the trend at the next level.
Hilton is too good to keep off the field. Look for him to be a rookie contributor on both offense and special teams. A threat to go the distance each time he touches the ball, Hilton fits the mold of DeSean Jackson—minus the drama.
Why not surround Andrew Luck with pieces? After grabbing Luck's college tight end in the second round (Fleener), they've now given their new franchise QB a speed-burner who can devastate secondaries that fall asleep.
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