Originally posted on DraftAce  |  Last updated 2/27/12
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech #5 Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 215

  Strengths: Elite height. Fairly well built; strong enough to fight through press coverage. Elite leaping ability, a serious threat in the red zone. Excellent hands; will come down with some tough catches in traffic. Above-average straight-line speed, especially considering his size; has the ability to stretch the field. Gets up to full speed surprisingly quickly; will blow past cornerbacks if they’re not prepared for his speed. Does a nice job tracking the ball in the air; easily adjusts to poorly thrown balls (and he’s had a lot of practice at this at Georgia Tech). Tough runner after the catch; willing to lower his shoulder and fight for extra yardage. Experience returning kicks. Blocking skills are well above average for a collegiate receiver. Weaknesses: Only expected to run a limited number of routes at Georgia Tech due to their triple-option attack. Route running is somewhat sloppy; not fluid making his cuts and will need to become more crisp and fluid in his movements to excel at the next level. Numbers are misleading; produced a number of big plays, but benefited from timely play calls which took advantage of defenses preparing for the triple-option and forgetting about the pass. Loses focus at times; makes some acrobatic catches, but he’ll drop some very easy ones too. Comments: From a pure raw talent standpoint, Hill is an elite prospect. He has the raw skills necessary to be a true No. 1 at the next level. However, he is very raw. He comes from a triple-option offense which forced him to run a limited array of routes. And even on the routes he did run, he looked sloppy and not very explosive in his cuts. However, the triple-option did develop his running and blocking skills which are both well above average. As a result, if he ever develops his route running skills, he will be the complete package. Hill’s upside should land him in the top 50 picks, and he may even draw consideration in the late 1st round. He’s a risky pick that high, and won’t contribute much as a rookie, but could end up being a steal three years down the road. Videos:

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