Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 2/43-Stephen Hill, WR, 6-4, 215, Georgia Tech...Mike Tannenbaum sent two late-round draft picks to the Seahawks to move up four spots and select Hill, who possesses both blocking ability and the type of big-play talent (29.3 yards per catch last season) to keep defenses honest. - The Sports Xchange
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When Hill declared he was coming out early for the NFL draft, teams were eager to see him perform at the Scouting Combine.
He dazzled them at the Combine even more than the general public realized. His announced time at the Combine was 4.36 seconds, but he was told by NFL scouts that his best time was actually 4.28 seconds. He also soared 39 1/2 inches in the vertical jump and was impressive in every drill.
This, in turn, sent curious scouts back to look at game tapes. What they saw at Indianapolis combine and in the games is an athlete who always has been special.
Hill finished his three-year college career with 49 catches for 1,248 (16th in school history). That average of 25.47 yards per reception would have broken the school record, but he fell one reception short of qualifying (minimum 50 receptions). His nine career touchdown receptions rank 14th in Tech history. Last year he took his 28 catches for 820 yards, a 29.3-yard average that led the nation.
As a senior at Miller Grove High School, Hill was not only an MVP football player but set the Georgia State prep record with a long jump of 25-feet, 8 3/4 inches, which would have placed ninth at the last Olympics.
Release: Has exceptional length, reach, and power in hands, and easily negates the press. Not overly sudden, needs some steps to get to top speed. Tends to release a bit high and upright. Not overly explosive initially, but top speed is impressive once attained.
Hands: Has generally good hands, with the capacity for the outstanding catch. Tremendous ability to high point. Good at tracking the throw and adjusting his route. Natural hand catcher. Has great leaping ability and can extend and snatch with elite skill, even at full speed.
Route Running: Has to gear down a bit to make sharp cuts. Is best when running routes that require smaller cuts. Has great top end speed and is really difficult to match on deep routes with a few not-so-sharp cuts.
After the Catch: Has great top speed. While not that shifty in the open field, has a good stiff arm, is strong, and can break tackles.
Blocking: Top grade here. Has outstanding range, technique, and power. Consistently dominated smaller DBs and had success blocking LBs. Was a focus blocker on the GaTech offense with plays designed to run behind his blocks.
Intangibles: Smart, durable, hard working athlete. No apparent reason to question a high intangibles grade here, which is important for a prospect going from a triple option to the NFL, not a small adjustment for a WR.
Hill finishes his three-year career with 1,248 receiving yards, which ranks 16th in Georgia Tech history. For his career, Hill averaged 25.47 yards per reception, which would have easily broken the school record, but he fell one reception short of qualifying for the record book (minimum 50 receptions). His nine career touchdown receptions rank 14th in Tech history. Hill had three career 100-yard receiving games with all three of those efforts coming in 2011. He had 820 yards this past season - the 13th-most single-season receiving yards in Tech history.
Hill caught 28 passes for 820 yards in 2011, helping the Yellow Jackets to and 8-5 record and their 15th consecutive bowl bid. Hill, who caught five touchdown passes including one against Utah in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, led all FBS players in yards per reception (29.3). Hill was on the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award. He was named the ACC Receiver of the Week on Sept. 6. Phil Steele's publications named him third team All-ACC.
Played in 12 games and started nine times... led the Yellow Jackets in receptions (15), receiving yards (291), yards per reception (19.4) and touchdown receptions (3)... also had three rushing attempts for 34 yards... had three receptions for 51 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass from Joshua Nesbitt on 3rd and 12 at Kansas (Sept. 11)... had a rushing attempt for 16 yards and one 14-yard reception at North Carolina (Sept. 18)... hauled in two receptions for 53 yards in the win over Virginia (Oct. 9)... caught a 26-yard TD pass from Nesbitt vs. Middle Tennessee State (Oct. 16)... recorded a 79-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Tevin Washington in the win over Duke (Nov. 20).
Showed outstanding potential as a rookie... played in 13 games and started one game... had six receptions for 137 yards (22.8 yards per reception) and one touchdown... had five rushing attempts for 84 yards (16.8 ypa) and one touchdown... had a 26- yard rushing attempt vs. Georgia (Nov. 28)... caught his first career-touchdown pass - a 32-yard strike from Joshua Nesbitt -- at Duke (Nov. 14)... missed the Vanderbilt game (Oct. 31) because of flu-like symptoms... rushed one time for 21 yards against Wake Forest (Nov. 7)... had a 14-yard rushing attempt in the win over Virginia Tech (Oct. 17).... ran for his first career touchdown on a 24-yard end around and made a 53-yard pass reception at Mississippi State (Oct. 3)... made first career start vs. North Carolina (Sept. 26) and responded with two receptions for 38 yards, including one for 33 yards.
Miller Grove High School... AJC and GHSA 4A honorable mention all-state... ranked #23 for his position by Scout, #99 by Rivals and #92 by ESPN... in 2008, had 30 receptions for 577 yards and 8 touchdowns on a team that went 3-7... also had touchdowns on a 95-yard kickoff return and a 68-yard fumble return... was a standout at the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine in Atlanta in June, 2008 where he ran a 4.4 in the 40... had 24 receptions for 500 yards with eight touchdowns in 2007... played for coach Jasper Jewell, earning three letters in football as a receiver and kick and punt returner... team MVP and earned all-region honors in 2008... also played basketball and ran track... set the state record in the long jump (25 feet, 8 and 3/4 inches)... high school classmate of Yellow Jacket basketball signee Mfon Udofia.
Chose Georgia Tech because of the academics, athletics and it is close to home... received numerous offers from other schools.. full name is Stephen Trevon Hill... son of Henry and Karen Hill... has one sibling, Kayla... born April 25, 1991 in Tucker, Ga... comes from an athletic family... father, Henry, played basketball at Lake City College... has three cousins who played college sports... as a high school senior he broke the state long jump record of 25 feet, 8 3/4 inches... the previous record of 25'6" was held by Christian Taylor, who won the NCAA Indoor NCAA championship in the long jump in 2008... Hill's long jump would have won the 2009 ACC Outdoor Championship by 2.75 inches and he would have placed tied for ninth at the most recent Olympic games... a sociology major.
Draft Scout Player News
12/19/12 - WR Stephen Hill (knee) was inactive Monday night because of the LCL injury he suffered while trying to make a catch against the Jaguars Dec. 9. Hill also missed two games earlier this year with a hamstring injury.
12/19/12 - WR Stephen Hill (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, hours before he was placed on injured reserve because of the LCL injury he suffered while making a catch against the Jaguars on Dec. 9. Hill finishes his rookie season with 21 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
12/14/12 - WR Stephen Hill (knee) sat out practice Thursday and wasn't even on the field with the Jets during the media access portion of practice, which doesn't bode well for his chances of facing the Titans on Monday night. Hill suffered an LCL sprain against the Jaguars and had to be helped from the field.
12/10/12 - WR Stephen Hill (knee) underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed an LCL sprain. That is likely good news for Hill, who looked to be seriously hurt when he needed help getting off the field after he was injured in the second quarter of the Jets' 17-10 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday. Hill will have an extra day to recover this week with the Jets playing the Titans next Monday.
12/09/12 - WR Stephen Hill (knee) was hurt when he slipped while trying to make a catch in the second quarter of the Jets' 17-10 win over the Jaguars Sunday. Hill immediately motioned to the sideline for help and was assisted off the field. Coach Rex Ryan said afterward he didn't have an update on Hill but hoped the injury wasn't too severe.