Georgia Tech Football: Former Jacket Stephen Hill Selected by the Jets

Blake SilversAnalyst IIIApril 27, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Stephen Hill #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After much speculation, Stephen Hill was selected 43rd overall by the New York Jets in the 2012 NFL Draft.  

There is usually a large collection of Jets fans in attendance at Radio City Music Hall, and their reaction to Hill's second-round selection seemed to be a favorable one for the former Georgia Tech wide receiver.  

Tech fans were initially surprised when Hill decided to leave school after his junior season to enter the draft, but his calculated risk seems to have paid off after impressing scouts and pundits alike at the combine and during his pro day.  

The Jets moved up from the 47th spot in a trade with the Seahawks to get Hill, who had been the Yellow Jackets' leading receiver over the past two seasons, but whose toughness and durability were often questioned by Tech fans during his career.  

With a 4.36 40-yard time at the combine, Hill instantly became a household name around the NFL and follows in the footsteps of former teammate Demaryius Thomas as an early wide receiver draft pick out of Paul Johnson's option offense.  With a Georgia Tech wideout taken early in the NFL draft for the second-straight season, it is apparent that NFL teams are not afraid to take receivers from the triple option.  

Stephen Hill joins quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy in New York for what could be an interesting battle at that position.  As with Thomas in Denver, it is quite possible that the Jets are interested in Hill's blocking skills learned within the option now that Tebow is on the roster.