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Stephen Hill

Position WR School Georgia Tech
Height 6' 4" Weight 215 lbs
Class Junior Number
All-Star --- 40 Time ---

2011

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Summary

At 6’4″ and 215 pounds, Hill is long an lean, built for speed. At the combine, he ripped off a 4.36  40, and demonstrated the burst to not only beat a corner deep, but also outrun safeteys assigned to third level coverage. His explosiveness was on display in the vertical leap (39.5″) and the broad jump (11’1″), where Hill’s totals were among the top two receivers in each test. Playing in the heavy run-oriented offense at Georgia Tech, he was the offense’s fourth or fifth option, and managed to haul in only 49 catches over his three years with the Ramblin’ Wreck. But, what he lacks in experience, he makes up for with innate athleticism, exhibiting not only top flight speed, but also impressive body control, balance, and overall coordination. Hill enters the draft as a raw, untested commodity, but his upside is as high as any other receiver, and, in a league where speed sells, Hill could be a late first round selection.

Strengths

Hill is a smooth runner, who can sink his hips, and accelerate out of breaks. When playing the ball in the air, he demonstrates the body control to adjust to poorly thrown balls, or those outside his frame. He has long arms and big hands, and will make the occasional circus catch. Post-catch, Hill snaps his head around, and immediately re-directs downfield; here, he’s explosive, and, once he gains separation, he can run away from pursuers. He’s also a stronger runner than you’d expect, based on his frame. And, Hill displays effort and skill as a run blocker,  having as much experience in this area as any in the draft.

Weaknesses

Hill is not a precise pattern runner, and has experience with a limited route tree, featuring mostly vertical stems. He displays inconsistent hands, with too many lack of focus drops. Hill also lacks sideline awareness, and of occasion, will fail to give the quarterback room to deliver the ball on 9 routes. He has the size and demeanor to defeat tight press coverage, but, too often, tries to run around and sidestep defenders, and can be re-routed by physical corners. And, as a true Junior, with only a handful of receptions at the collegiate level, he is certainly raw; due to limited experience he’s probably two years behind, developmentally, other receivers in this class.