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GT's Hill rising fast, has scouts retracing steps

Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:02 pm

The man who might have sent scouts scrambling to the videotape following the end of the combine earlier this week is Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill, regarded as among the so-called big winners from the Indy sessions.

Hill caught only 49 balls in three seasons in coach Paul Johnson's run-heavy triple-option offense, yet averaged 25.5 yards per reception, and clocked a blistering 4.36 40 at the combine, with a vertical jump of 39 1/2 inches.

Scouts are already dialing up former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis, the offensive coordinator at Savannah State and a guy who has worked diligently with Hill on route-running, for his take on the wideout.

And people are calling sprint coach Loren Seagraves, who also drew a Falcons paycheck and worked on explosive speed with Hill, and who has a ton of league contacts, for Hill insights.

"Raw in a lot of ways, but some of the stuff he does just makes your jaw drop," Mathis told The Sports Xchange. "There's so much to work with."

Hill said his role model is Detroit stud wideout Calvin Johnson, but the former Yellow Jackets player to whom he is most often compared is Demaryius Thomas, the 22nd overall choice of Denver in 2010.

Thomas was arguably more productive at the college level, with 85 catches in two seasons in Johnson's offense (120 total in three seasons), but was injury-prone and was unable to run at the '10 combine because of a broken foot. Even after he was drafted, Thomas broke the foot a second time, then sustained an Achilles tendon injury.

It's felt at this point that Hill is a tad better route-runner than was Thomas coming out of college, but that the latter might have been a little more physical.

But scouts feel that Hill has similar characteristics to Thomas, who torched the Pittsburgh secondary in Denver's playoff victory two months ago, and want to do a lot more research.

"The size and speed, obviously, are there," agreed one NFC scout. "But, outside of ordering up the tape, you don't want to fall all over yourself yet."

--By Len Pasquarelli

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:19 pm

GT's Hill rising fast, has scouts retracing steps

Narrator4- Point taken. Actually, I can see the Browns taking Morris Claiborne at #4 to pair with Joe Haden. Then, take the best available pass-rushing DE at #22 to pair with Jabaal Sheard (8.5 sacks, 5 FF). But you gotta admit, if you watched the combine, Stephen Hill was just silly. A Randy Moss or a Megatron don't come along often. And Hill is dripping with it.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:46 pm

GT's Hill rising fast, has scouts retracing steps

First you have to ask what are they going to do with their #4 pick. The more St. Louis demands in compensation for the #2 pick (RG3) the further they alienate the Browns. Playing in the AFC North you should know that to win there you need to have a better defense. Maybe the Browns should look into free agent WR's 

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:14 am

GT's Hill rising fast, has scouts retracing steps

Hey, Browns. Let's shake up the NFL and take Hill with our second first-round pick, #22. Who cares if he's a little raw at first. Hill would instantly stretch the field, finally open up the middle of the field, be a threat for a bomb anytime, and he'd be great in the red zone. As a Browns fan, we've used a dink and dunk offense since our re-birth in 1999. Throw it deep!

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