Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Grade: 6.2 (Grading Scale)
Film Room Notes: vs Virginia
Intro: When you look at Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill’s numbers you won’t be impressed but it is important to consider that he comes from a Georgia Tech offense that runs the “triple-option” and is not known for having a strong passing attack. One statistic that will jump off the chart is that he averaged 29.3 yards per receptions which shows that Hill is quite the big-play threat. He holds the Georgia Tech record for yards per caption average beating out 2010 Denver Broncos’ first round pick Demaryius Thomas. His 2011 stat line of 28 catches, 820 yards, and 5 touchdowns again isn’t going to know you over but it’s nothing to sneeze at. NFL Scouts will fall in love with Hill’s size and he should escalate himself into 3rd round consideration.
Strengths: As I mentioned earlier Stephen Hill has the size that NFL scouts will covet. He is built well for a man standing 6”5 tall as opposed to a lot of receivers with this height being as skinny as a pole. Hill runs exceptionally well for a man give his size as should run a forty yard dash time in the 4.45-4.49 range. Uses his size and frame well as he boxes out defenders to gain good positioning and can out-muscle defenders for the football. Hill can make defenders miss in the open field and makes plays in chunks as his 29.3 yards per catch would indicate. An underrated benefit of Hill’s size is his down-field blocking ability. It is important to remember that Hill was required to block a lot in Georgia Tech’s run first offense. Hill who possesses above average athleticism can get open and is aggressive when it comes to catching the ball. On down-field attempts Hill makes a valiant effort to catch the ball at its high point. At the next level I see Hill being a successful red-zone target early due to his size and leaping ability.
Weaknesses: Hill is not a gifted route runner and this will be his biggest learning curve at the next level. Hill runs sloppy routes and at times would break off the routes he was asked to run. Playing in the “triple-option” offense hurt Hill’s production as he did not see a lot of attempts and I also believe this effected his concentration. Hill battled the “dropsy’s” in 2011 and that was due to a lack of concentration combined with him looking up-field to run before he secured the reception. It will be interesting to see what type of production we would see out of Stephen Hill if given more chances.
Overall: Stephen Hill will solidify himself as a top 100 selection after the NFL combine where I expect his speed, size, and athleticism to be on display. There is no question that Hill could have benefited from another year at school where he could have worked on his route-running and consistency but in the same breathe he is a talented player who could make an impact fairly quickly in the NFL. His best game in 2011 was in week 4 against the North Carolina Tarheels where he pulled in 6 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. Hill’s family faced financial issues that led to him leaving school early and test the NFL waters and soon we will learn if it was a smart decision or a blunder.
Last Updated: Februay 1st, 2012