Wide Receiver Stephen Hill will be a steal for the team that drafts him
Stephen Hill played college football at a school that doesn’t have much of a passing offense and it’s the belief here that he will be a steal for any team that drafts him in this year’s NFL draft.
It’s true that Hill only had 28 receptions in his last year of college ball, but look at his physical measurements and the combine score he has. He stands 6 feet, 4 inches and weighs 215 pounds. At the combine, he moved his large frame to an excellent 4.36 40 yard dash while posting a vertical leap of 39 inches. He’s just the type of receiver that many teams salivate over. In his college career, he had 49 receptions for 1,248 yards, averaging 25.5 yards per catch.
While Justin Blackmon and others are getting all the hype, Hill has inched his way into conversations among teams looking to fill their WR needs. He will be a first round pick. But where will he go?
Some say Cincinnati, and wouldn’t that be a pairing to watch, with A.J. Green lined up opposite him? It’s purely speculation at this point but that pair would be electrifying to the Bengal fans.
Looking at more stats that support Hill’s emergence into the first round, is his YPA or Yards per Attempt. It stands at 12, the highest of this WR class going into the draft. His VYPA or Vertical Yards per Attempt is also first in this class, at 15.5. He is the tallest of this class and clocked the best 40 time of all WR’s at the combine.
The only thing that is keeping him from being a top 10 pick is that he is a raw talent. The team that takes him will have to coach him up to play at the NFL level. But that shouldn’t be a hindrance to many teams. The Patriots and Forty-Niner’s would love to have him in their stable, but my belief is that he will be gone by the time they get their chance to draft him.
Hill will be more explosive than Demaryius Thomas, who is also a Tech product. He just doesn’t have the injury issues that Thomas has.
He attended Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Georgia. Miller Grove is a good school with a reputation for turning out good football players. In high school, he earned a three star ranking from Scouts and was ranked number 99 at his position.