2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

by Cory J. Bonini on March 15, 2012 @ 16:55:15 PDT

 


Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill enters the 2012 NFL Draft after two years as a starter at the collegiate level. The junior wideout hauled in only 28 passes in 2011, but he managed 820 receiving yards and five touchdowns. 

Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Awesome size-speed combo

Strengths

  • Excellent size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds)
  • Great leaping ability (39 1/2-inch vertical) with long reach (33 1/8 arms) - strong red zone presence
  • Elite downfield target skills - averaged 29.3 yards per catch in 2011
  • Tremendous blocker - great technique, drive and range in his blocking abilities
  • Superior top-end speed (4.36-second 40-yard dash)
  • Natural hands - catches away from his body
  • Above-average ability to escape an attempted tackle (surprisingly good stiff arm)
  • Intelligent, hard-working athlete
  • Immeasurable upside

Weaknesses

  • Transition to the NFL from a run-first, triple-option offense
  • Only 49 career catches and drops a lot of passes
  • Limited repertoire on the route tree
  • Dramatically decelerates into sharp cuts, possibly tipping his hand to opponents
  • Lacks strength to consistently beat press coverage
  • Unpolished reading defenses and finding soft spots in zone coverage
  • Raw, risky prospect

Expected draft placement

Hill is the consummate boom-or-bust selection at the wide receiver position. It may take him a few years to get acclimated to the NFL, but that isn't to say he could not be an immediate contributor as a deep threat.

Expect Hill to come off the board as early as the tail end of the first round (Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers) and no later than the top third of Round 3. The Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears are viable landing spots.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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