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Stephen Hill, WR
Stephen Hill, WR
Hill was taken by the Jets 43rd overall in the 2012 NFL draft out of Georgia Tech. At 6'4'', 215 pounds, Hill could be the deep threat that New York wished to have in Plaxico Burress last season. With Burress donning green, Mark Sanchez's passing options aren't plenty appealing, to say the least.
Hill's combination of speed and size could prove to be lethal in time. A 4.36 40-yard dash time encased in a frame like Hill's could torch defenses apart. But how ready is Hill?
Here's a quote from Jets WR coach Sanjay Lal, courtesy of Lisa Zimmerman of CBSSports.com.
We did a lot of homework on him. We gave him an extremely detailed workout. We ran every exotic route known to man. Every blocking drill. Every release drill. We got our answer.
It's important to note that Hill was predominantly a blocking receiver at Georgia Tech, so route running will take time to adapt to. But if and when it does click for Hill, it'll be a sad day for 31 NFL defensive coordinators.
Marcus Dowtin, LB
Dowtin had a troublesome college career. In May of 2010, following his junior year at Georgia, he was charged with second-degree assault for his role in an altercation at a bar. He lost his scholarship from the school and then transferred to North Alabama, where he played his senior season.
Dowtin's Georgia career was stellar. In his final year there, he had 57 total tackles—including two 10-tackle games—and one interception.
While taking the step down to Division II, Dowtin padded his stats a bit. He totaled 115 tackles (nine for a loss of yardage), and sacked the quarterback four times.
At 6'2'' and 230 pounds, Dowtin displays some athleticism. He posted a 4.56 40-time at his Pro Day in March, and the good folks at NFLDraftScout.com ranked him 17th among the 101 players of his position and class.
Here's the Pro Football Weekly summary of his scouting report (h/t JetsInsider.com):
A legit SEC athlete, Dowtin stuffed the stat sheet in his only season at North Alabama. Has intriguing physical ability and versatility to play multiple spots in a fast-flowing, 4-3 front, as well as handle nickel linebacker duties and excel on special teams if he falls in line.
Dowtin isn't a lock to make the team, with the surplus of linebackers the Jets currently have on the roster. Though, if he is on board in East Rutherford this season, it'll be interesting to watch how this 23-year-old's career will begin.