ATLANTA - OCTOBER 09: Stephen Hill #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is tackled by Chase Minnifield #13 and Corey Mosley #7 of the Virginia Cavaliers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill told Sirius/XM NFL radio that he has held a pre draft visit with the Philadelphia Eagles. Hill came into the combine seen by several draft pundits as a potential fourth round pick. But his rare combination of size and athleticism wowed scouts and now has people talking about him as a late 1st, early 2nd round pick. Here's what NFL.com had to say about him.
Hill will be a legitimate deep threat at the next level -- by recording nearly 30 yards per catch as a senior, he showed he was capable of going deep and scoring on every play. He consistently runs past corners on deep routes and is impressive at the point of the catch, as he is able to lay out for the ball or rise above his defender. Hill is a very good blocker who uses his length well and surprisingly doesn't get off-balance often, something that is usually evident of players with his frame. Though it's risky to throw early comparisons of Hall-of-Fame-caliber players on prospects that don't even garner first-round consideration, Hill could remind some of Randy Moss when it comes to running a pure, one-on-one deep route.
Hill's college career is tough to get a handle on because his production isn't particularly impressive. However, he didn't really play in an offense conducive to WR production. Georgia Tech employs a run first, triple option offense. So his numbers are artificially depressed. That said, he also never really had to run an NFL route tree or face sophisticated coverages. So there's no doubt he'll face a serious adjustment period in the NFL. But the fact that he's 6-4 and runs a sub 4.4 40 means that a lot of teams will be willing to wait for him to develop.
Thanks to PE for the find.