As a wide receiver playing in a triple-option offense, Georgia Techs Stephen Hill did not have reams of film for scouts to scour when he made himself eligible for the NFL Draft. He caught 49 passes in his three-year career with the Yellow Jackets or less than half of what Oklahoma States Justin Blackmon caught in his senior season alone.
That meant when it came to his evaluation by scouts, the NFL Combine took on greater importance for Hill than it might for other players. As it happened, the 6-foot-5, 206-pound 20-year-old from Lithonia aced his test.
Hill ran the second-fastest 40 time at the combine, 4.36 seconds, and caught all of the passes thrown to him, sending his draft stock soaring. Before that, he was being projected as a fourth-round pick.
If I had a strong combine, theyd project me as a second round (pick), but now that I had a strong combine, theyre saying late first round, Hill said. Im really not buying into it. Im just trying to take it a day at a time.