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T.Y Hilton runs with the ball in Colts OTAs.
In college, T.Y Hilton simply dominated. While he wasn't at a great football college, he can definitely play. More importantly, he can break out in 2012.
Hilton ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, and he has incredible speed. He runs crisp routes and has great hands, and is always looking to add yardage after the catch. He is small, but he is very athletic.
Indianapolis will have Andrew Luck playing quarterback, who should be able to find Hilton and get him the ball. Luck can throw a deep ball, and he does have deep targets, such as Reggie Wayne.
However, he doesn't have great short targets.
At Stanford, Luck picked defenses apart with short drives, but he also threw a great deep ball. Hilton can get open anywhere on the field, and if a secondary takes a break for one play, he will burn you. He can run a short route and turn it into a long play, or he can burn you deep with his speed.
If Luck makes a mistake, Hilton can bail him out. He can jump up for a ball and make catches in traffic, and he can still pick up yardage after the catch. As long as he continues to do what he's been doing in college, Hilton will dominate.
With a great quarterback in Andrew Luck, there's no reason to expect that Hilton can't be a great player. If he plays enough and gets opportunities to show Chuck Pagano what he can do, Hilton could even be a sleeper candidate for Rookie of the Year.
He will break out in 2012.