Stephen Hill is a big, athletic receiver who uses his size well to box out defenders and is strong enough to out-muscle DBs for the ball. He runs well for his size and has great extension.
He aggressively catches the ball and has unbelievable leaping ability, which has provided several highlight reel catches throughout the season. He has very good body control and balance for his size and has above-average awareness of where his body is in relation to the side lines and is not afraid to go over the middle.
After the catch he is very difficult to bring down due to his size and strength. He keeps his feet moving often dragging defenders with him for a few yards. Hill is a very physical receiver who was asked to block throughout his career both off the line and downfield; he executed them successfully on a consistent basis and I would consider his blocking skills elite.
Hill’s biggest weakness is his route running. He breaks off and rounds his routes and is very sloppy at times. Has a tendency to lose concentration and drops some catchable passes.
- WR, Georgia Tech, JR
- Ht: 6’4”
- Wt: 206
- 40: 4.4-4.5
Most of Hill’s deficiencies are due to Paul William’s triple option at Georgia Tech. He just didn’t get the reps he needed to develop his route running and catching ability consistently. Due to the way defenses have to attack the run game, Hill easily found holes in the secondary. This will not be the case in the NFL.
As stated above, Hill was asked to block a lot and staying for his senior season would not have benefited him, as he more than likely would not have had an increase in receptions. With concentration on route running and catching the ball, Hill has one of the highest ceilings in this draft class. The Yellow Jackets produced two first round WRs since 2007 in Calvin Johnson (number two overall 2007) and Demaryius Thomas (22 overall 2010) who have been effective NFL wideouts. This may sway some teams in regards to his upside, but at this time Hill is behind where both receivers were at the same stage. Although he did not see a lot of balls in 2011 (28 receptions for 820 yards 5 TDs), he led the country with 29.29 yards per catch.
Dory LeBlanc, covers Gator sports for Gators First and BourbonMeyer.com. Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You can follow Dory on twitter @DoryLeBlanc