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2015 NFL DRAFT

Stephen Hill, WR

School: Georgia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Lithonia, GA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 215 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2941-2
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04/30/2012 - General manager Mike Tannenbaum sat out the trading frenzy on Thursday night but couldn't resist pulling the trigger on yet another draft trade Friday, when he sent second-, fifth- and seventh-round picks to move up four spots and grab Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill with the 43rd overall pick. The Jets' website reported this was unofficially Tannenbaum's 32nd trade involving draft picks in seven seasons as general manager. In his pre-draft meeting with the Jets, Hill made it clear he believes in the adage "look good, play good." Hill wore a suit and tie to the Jets' headquarters, and while the Jets drafted him for his unique combination of run-blocking skills and deep-threat capabilities (he had 1,248 yards on just 49 career catches at Georgia Tech), his all-business approach couldn't have hurt. "This is actually your job," Hill told the New York Daily News. "You're actually coming in here for an interview. It's a business and you have to treat it like a business. So I came up here sharp." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 2/43-Stephen Hill, WR, 6-4, 215, Georgia Tech...Mike Tannenbaum sent two late-round draft picks to the Seahawks to move up four spots and select Hill, who possesses both blocking ability and the type of big-play talent (29.3 yards per catch last season) to keep defenses honest. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech -- Anything but a typical receiver, Hill becomes the coveted deep threat with speed the Jets have long coveted (Braylon Edwards, Plaxico Burress) but he's extremely unpolished -- 49 career catches but 25.5 yards per reception in the Jackets' run-first offense -- at 6-4, 215 with 4.36 speed.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 45. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: Boasting arguably the elite all-around workout of the 2012 Scouting Combine, Hill possesses an almost unheard combination of size (6-4, 215), straight-line speed (4.36) and explosiveness (11'01" broad jump). He's very much a work in progress as a route-runner and hands-catcher having come from a run-oriented offense while at Georgia Tech but deserves top 50 consideration on upside, alone. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/19/2012 - Even with the prospect of having a second player in three years selected at the position in the first round, and the third in six drafts, no one is ready yet to anoint Georgia Tech as "Wide Receiver U." But it is more than unusual, especially with the offense that coach Paul Johnson operates, to have such success in placing pass-catchers in the early rounds of the draft. Calvin Johnson as the second overall choice in 2007? That one is certainly understandable, and has worked out swimmingly for the Detroit Lions. But Johnson played under Chan Gailey for the Yellow Jackets, and not in Paul Johnson's triple-option offense, which has finished no worse than fourth in the country in rushing yards since the coach arrived in 2008, and has ranked either first or second in each of the past three campaigns. The rush-heavy offense notwithstanding -- the run has accounted for nearly 73 percent of Tech's offense in Paul Jonson's four seasons, and more than three-quarters of the snaps, and the Yellow Jackets have averaged only 167.0 passes per year in that stretch -- Stephen Hill figures to be picked in the first round. Just as Demaryius Thomas was by Denver in 2010. Hill and Thomas are tremendous examples of NFL scouts projecting talent, no matter the college offense in which they played, to the league level. But they also are, in addition to being players who will help Johnson recruit receivers who might otherwise be reluctant to perform in such a ground-based attack, good examples of how downfield blocking can help to accentuate a wideout's total skill set. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - Make no mistake, Thomas was chosen in the first round by the Broncos (No. 22 overall) and Hill figures to get into the first round on April 26, because each is big, fast, and catches the ball well. But the downfield blocking ability of the two Tech players figured into the equation somewhere. Notable is that Hill caught just 43 passes his past two seasons. Thomas had 85 grabs his final two years. "It doesn't hurt," Hill said last month when asked about the blocking. "I think it helps to (dispel) some of the (diva) image that wide receivers have. It's something you have to want to do. The natural thing at the position is to want to catch passes. But here, if you don't block, you're not going to play. It's part of what you buy into when you come here. And I do think it makes an impression (on scouts)." In fact, at Hill's pro day workout, the scouts who gathered on the Tech campus were far more concerned about his route-running skills, since they were a bit difficult to discern given the offense in which he played. What they found was that Hill, who has blistering speed in the low 4.4 range, is quick in and out of his cuts. What the scouts already knew was that Hill is unselfish and willing to perform the "grunt" tasks that others might avoid. And, it seems, he's not the only such receiver this year. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - The Sports Xchange noted in passing last week that the pool of wide receivers in the 2012 draft class was, as a group, relatively solid in terms of blocking for the run. In addition to Hill, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd has been noted as a standout downfield blocker. LSU's Rueben Randle has garnered mixed reviews for his blocking, but most scouts seem to feel he is above average. Among the highly-regarded wide receivers, Kendall Wright of Baylor is cited as a willing blocker. Some of the middle- and late-round candidates are also mentioned as good blockers by scouts, and not all of them possess great size, but do have obvious tenacity. Again, teams aren't likely to invest even a late-round selection on a receiver based principally on his blocking prowess. But, as one NFC area scout noted: "Hey, it is part of the job description, you know? It still jumps out at you when guys do it." And even with the "spread" offenses becoming so prevalent at the college level, more receivers seem to be doing it. "I don't care where you play," Randle said, "you aren't going to see many long runs without a (wide receiver) blocking somebody down the field. It's almost as if it's become a lost art, and scouts are surprised when they see it. It's an effort thing ... and people want to see effort." - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/12/2012 - One of the stars of the NFL scouting combine, speedy Georgia Tech junior wide receiver Stephen Hill, visited the Baltimore Ravens. Hill is an extremely athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the combine. Last season, he caught a career-high 28 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns while operating in the Yellow Jackets' run-first triple option offense. Hill is also regarded as a strong blocker, regularly pancaking smaller defensive backs. He is also a former track star who excelled in the long jump in high school, breaking the state record. His best jump was good enough that it would have tied him for ninth at the last Olympic games. As a sophomore, Hill caught 15 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his career with 1,248 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 25.47 yards per reception. The Ravens could use a big, fast wide receiver to operate opposite Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. "He's an explosive guy who plays in that triple-option offense and really jumped off the film in terms of vertical speed," Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. "He's raw, like a lot of guys are who have come out of that offense, Demaryius Thomas. Their route polish isn't quite there, but his athletic traits are really outstanding and exceptional, rare for the position. "It would be a process of him picking up an NFL-style offense, learning how to read defenses. He doesn't have to do a lot of that there. He has to block or run vertical, a limited route tree." -- The Sports Xchange

04/11/2012 - Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill has been keeping some pretty good NFL company. To get ready for his sessions with NFL teams, he's been working out with Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi over at Georgia Tech. On Tuesday he was in New York and went on NFLSiriusXM radio. Hill said he has visited the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings. There's a report that he also visited Baltimore. - D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal Constitution

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: *Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech, 6-4, 206...When Hill declared he was coming out early for the NFL Draft, teams were eager to see him perform at the combine. He dazzled them even more than the general public realized. His announced 40 time was 4.36 seconds, but he was told by NFL scouts his best time was actually 4.28 seconds. He also soared 39?? inches in the vertical jump and was impressive in every drill. This, in turn, sent curious scouts back to look at game tapes. What they saw at Indianapolis combine and in the games is an athlete who always has been special. Hill finished his three-year college career with 49 catches for 1,248 (16th in school history). That average of 25.47 yards per reception would have broken the school record, but he fell one reception short of qualifying. His nine career touchdown receptions rank 14th in Tech history. Last year his 28 catches went for 820 yards, a 29.3-yard average that led the nation. As a senior at Miller Grove High School, Hill was not only an MVP football player but set the Georgia State prep record with a long jump of 25-feet, 8?? inches, which would have placed ninth at the last Olympics. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/06/2012 - The top wide receivers expected to be available when the Ravens are picking are big LSU standout Rueben Randle and athletic, albeit raw Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech. Hill was the star of the Combine with his 4.36 speed at 6-4, 215 pounds. He's mostly graded as an early second-rounder, but would be an attractive target if the Ravens traded back. "He's an explosive guy who played in that triple-option offense and really jumped off the film in terms of vertical speed," director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. "He's raw like a lot of guys are who have come out of that offense like Demaryius Thomas. Their route polish isn't quite there, but his athletic traits are really outstanding and exceptional, rare for the position." - The Sports Xchange

04/05/2012 - Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill emerged as a late first round option after wowing scouts at the combine with his speed (4.36 40) and size (6-4, 215 pounds). "The route polish isn't quite there but his athletic traits are really outstanding and exceptional, rare for the position," director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. - Jason Butt, CBS Sports

04/02/2012 - Hill started to realize what it means to be a man after his dismal sophomore season with the Yellow Jackets. His epiphany provided a turning point in his young career. After the Broncos picked Thomas in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2010 draft, Hill struggled while trying to fill the shoes of his departed mentor. He dropped pass after pass, had three games without a catch and finished with 15 receptions for 291 yards and three touchdowns. "I feel like I just let my team down," Hill told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the 2010 season. "You have a vision, starting from the summer, of what you're going to do. And when it doesn't happen, you feel like you let the team down." The low point was when Hill missed the Independence Bowl because he failed to meet the school's academic standards. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech stumbled to a record of 6-7 with its 14-7 loss to Air Force. "So much of that sophomore season was just a lot of factors on the field and off the field - all the adulation of people thinking he was gonna be the next [Thomas], him not working as hard as he needed to work, not being mature enough to handle the frustrating parts of when things get tough and people were taking their shots," Georgia Tech wide receivers coach Al "Buzz" Preston said during a phone interview. "But then once he grew up and realized you can't worry about what people are gonna say, he started really working hard and focusing on what he could control." - Nate Ulrich, The Akron Beacon Journal

03/22/2012 - As a wide receiver playing in a triple-option offense, Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill did not have reams of film for scouts to scour when he made himself eligible for the NFL Draft. He caught 49 passes in his three-year career with the Yellow Jackets - or less than half of what Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon caught in his senior season alone. That meant the NFL Combine took on greater importance for Hill than it might for other players. As it happened, the 6-foot-5, 206-pound, 20-year-old from Lithonia aced his test. Hill ran the second-fastest 40 time at the combine, 4.36 seconds, and caught all of the passes thrown to him, sending his draft stock soaring. Before that, he was being projected as a fourth-round pick. "If I had a strong combine, they'd project me as a second round (pick), but now that I had a strong combine, they're saying late first round," Hill said. "I'm really not buying into it. I'm just trying to take it a day at a time." For players like Hill, whose college team's schemes are not necessarily conducive to showing off how their skills might translate to the NFL level, the time between the end of the season and the draft is critical. Thus far, Hill has made the most of his opportunities. He said when he went to the combine, coaches asked him what time he would run. He told them he had run a 4.27 hand-timed and 4.35 on a meter. The coaches didn't believe him until he ran it. - John Manasso, FOX Sports Florida

03/07/2012 - Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill had a strong showing at Georgia Tech's Pro Day on Tuesday. He caught all 12 passes thrown to him by former Richmond quarterback Eric Ward, who had a brief stint with the Falcons. "I think he'll carve his own path," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said when asked to compare Hill to Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas. "They both are very talented and different. I think both will be very successful." Some contend that Tech's offense is not wide receiver-friendly for pro prospects. "If you're a good player, they are going to find you," Johnson said. Johnson wanted Hill to stay in school, but now he's a projected high draft pick. "I don't think he's surprised me physically at all," Johnson said. "I knew that he was a physical talent. I think where he's really made the most progress within the last year and half is his maturity. There are a lot of things that go into it. "Another year would have helped. He would have been closer to graduation, but it looks like he's made the right decision. It looks like it's going to work for him. I'm extremely happy for him and his family that it has worked out the way that it has." - D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

03/07/2012 - There were 31 teams on hand to watch ascending wide receiver Stephen Hill run routes and catch passes today at Georgia Tech's pro day. The one absence, according to two people who attended? The San Francisco 49ers. Hill is the receiver who turned heads a couple of weeks ago at the scouting combine where, at 6-4, 215 pounds, he ran his 40-yard dash in less than 4.4 seconds and then looked fluid in his pass-catching drills. He understandingly opted to rest on his combine numbers today - which is perhaps why the 49ers didn't attend - and instead ran routes and caught passes. NFL Network's Mike Mayock reported that Hill caught 28 of the 33 balls that went his way. Don't be fooled by the 49ers' absence. He was one of the players they interviewed at the scouting combine, and they appear to be in a good position to take him in the draft. - Matt Barrows, The Sacramento Bee

03/07/2012 - Lovie Smith has a history of hitting the road at this time of year to get to know players the Chicago Bears are considering at the top of the draft, and that's just what he did Tuesday. Smith attended the Georgia Tech pro day and then had lunch with wide receiver Stephen Hill, a big target with blazing speed, a source told the Tribune. Is this a sign the Bears will be targeting Hill with the 19th overall pick in the draft? Not necessarily. But Smith wasn't there touring the campus because he's interested in engineering courses. Smith has dined in the past with draft prospects the Bears have not selected, and there is going to be considerable interest in Hill, who has maybe the best combination of size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and speed in the draft. He officially ran the 40-yard dash last month at the NFL scouting combine in 4.36 seconds. - Brad Biggs, The Chicago Tribune

03/06/2012 - Nine former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets participated in Pro Day Tuesday in front of a large group of scouts and a pair of NFL head coaches. Among the Jackets who weighed, jumped, lifted and ran today: Roddy Jones, Emby Peeples, Jason Peters, Steven Sylvester, Rashaad Reid, Logan Walls and Tyler Melton. Lucas Cox, who graduated in 2010, also participated. Stephen Hill, the junior who performed so well earlier at the NFL Combine, participated only in pass routes. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith were among the large NFL turnout. - Georgia Tech football

03/06/2012 - Wide receiver Stephen Hill wanted to leave a specific impression with the NFL coaches who flocked to Georgia Tech's pro day. "I just want to show them, because those are the guys who will be drafting me, that I can do great things other than just running deep routes," said the 6-4, 215-pounder, one of the stars of the NFL Combine, where he posted an unofficial 4.36 time in the 40-yard dash. Mission accomplished. With two head coaches -- Atlanta's Mike Smith and Lovie Smith of the Bears -- and most NFL teams in attendance, Hill did his part to continue nudging his draft stock upward. Running a variety of short and intermediate routes, Hill got in and out of his breaks fast and caught all 12 passes, including a fingertip-grab off the turf, form quarterback Eric Ward in Tuesday's workout. Vikings wide receiver coach George Stewart ran the receiver drills and ordered Hill through the route tree. His eye-catching gold and silver Nike Vapor cleats only added to the spectacle. - NFLDraftScout.com

03/06/2012 - Stephen Hill caught 12 of 12 passes, running routes crisply and apparently answering questions about his route running. This from NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock, who was on hand: "I think he's just kind of overwhelming from a height-weight-speed-upside perspective. I think he runs too well and catches too well to get out of the first round, in my opinion." Wow. Think about this - when Hill asked the NFL for a draft evaluation, he was told he didn't have the potential to be taken in the first three rounds. He bet on himself, and that bet is almost certainly going to pay off handsomely. I think a fun blog would be to go back and look at the reactions to the blog reporting Hill was declaring. Paul Johnson: "I think another year of [maturing and improving] would have helped. He would have been closer to graduation, but it looks like he's made the right decision, looks like it's going to work for him and I'm extremely happy for him and his family that it's' worked out for him the way it has." Mayock said he watched all of Hill's film from the season and counted five or six drops with his 28 catches, calling two of them critical, drops against North Carolina and Clemson. "But when you watch him catch the ball, he's a natural hands catcher," he said. "I think it's more concentration and discipline than it is anything else. - Ken Sugiura, The Atlanta Journal Constitution

03/06/2012 - Scouts wanted to see something they didn't on film from Hill - how he runs routes, if he repeats them with precision and how he tracks the ball over his shoulder and adjusts to poorly thrown passes. Hill was not a featured part of the run-first offense Tech operates. Some scouts might be concerned with Hill's junior season, in which he dropped easily catchable balls but made the spectacular catches. But scouts view him as a natural hands catcher. One observer credited him with five drops and 28 receptions last season. Hill didn't run the 40-yard dash at pro day. He is 4.36 at the Combine tied for the fastest showing. "I think I kind of showed enough," he said with a laugh when asked about not running at pro day. Hill has been working out under the watchful eye of former Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis. "Basically it's just route-running, getting in and out of breaks, making sure I catch the ball with my eyes," he said. "Of course with my hands, but mostly with my eyes." - NFLDraftScout.com

03/04/2012 - 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. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/29/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE RISERS: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: With several other notable wide receivers measuring in shorter or slower than expected, the 6-4, 215-pound Hill tied for the fastest time in the 40-yard dash (4.36) among all skill-position players, drawing comparisons to former Yellow Jacket teammate Demaryius Thomas, a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010. - Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout & Derek Harper/The Sports Xchange

02/26/2012 - Perhaps the surprise star among receivers, however, was Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill. Possessing a similarly freakish combination of size and speed as his Yellow Jacket predecessor Demaryius Thomas, the 6-4, 215 pound Hill was credited with a blistering 4.30 time in the 40-yard (unofficial) and showed the sticky hands and excellent body control he'd flashed as a big play specialist in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense. If there was a concern about Hill's workout it would be that he seemed a bit stiff when re-directing. His quick acceleration and top-end speed, however, were every bit as obvious with the ball in his hands as they were when he was running the 40-yard dash. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/26/2012 - Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill had only 28 catches in 2011, but he showcased why NFL teams should consider him in the top-50 selections of the draft, running an unofficial 4.30 40-yard dash Sunday morning. A junior who declared early for the 2012 NFL Draft, Hill has the fastest unofficial time thus far at the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Hill, who is currently ranked as NFLDraftScout's No. 7 wide receiver, wasn't a big part of Georgia Tech's triple option offense, leading the team with only 5 receiving scores. However, he is looking to follow in the foot steps of Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas who had limited production in the same offense, but performed well in the pre-draft process. Thomas was the first wide receiver drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, 22nd overall to the Broncos. A raw talent with size and speed, Hill is an excellent development prospect with intriguing upside. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, UNDER RADAR UNDERCLASSMEN: WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech: Hill reminds me a lot of former Georgia Tech standout Demaryius Thomas for his size, straight-line speed and big play ability. NFLDraftScout.com is currently estimating Hill as being able to run the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds. I think he'll shave a tenth off that time, as well as impress in leaping drills. He's undeniably raw but don't be surprised if a strong showing in Indianapolis pushes Hill into the second round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - Stephen Hill is ready to run fast. The former Georgia Tech wide receiver will fly up to Indianapolis today for the NFL draft combine. "I'm feeling great," he said. "I'm ready to go." Nervous? "Not nervous at all," he said, and he sounded it. "This is something I've been dreaming about and something I've been ready for." Since declaring for the draft Jan. 5, Hill has spent most of his time at the IMG training facility in Bradenton, Fla. He worked out with other draft hopefuls such as quarterback Russell Wilson from Wisconsin, quarterback Kirk Cousins and Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The training is principally for the combine, Tech's pro day (March 6) and individual workouts with teams. He also spent a week in Atlanta getting tutored by former Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis. Among those training him in Florida was renowned speed coach Loren Seagrave. Hill said he plans to do all of the tests at the combine. "My 40 time has improved a little bit," Hill said. "It's going to be interesting." How interesting? "I want to run a 4.4," he said. "But I feel like I can run a 4.3." - Ken Sugiura, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 61. *Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech, 6-4, 206, 2...Hill should be worth watching at the Combine, where if he surely will wow scouts who are seeking more data on this undergrad who averaged a lot of yards per catch. As a senior at Miller Grove High School, Hill was not only an MVP football player but set the Georgia State prep record with a long jump of 25-feet, 8 and 3/4 inches, which would have placed ninth at the last Olympics. Hill finished his three-year college career with 49 catches for 1,248 yards (16th in school history). That average of 25.47 yards per reception would have broken the school record, but he fell one reception short of qualifying (minimum 50 receptions). His nine career touchdown receptions rank 14th in Tech history. Last year he took his 28 catches for 820 yards, a 29.3-yard average that led the nation. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/06/2012 - Despite catching just 28 passes in 2011 and receiving an unfavorable grade from the NFL's Advisory Committee, wide receiver Stephen Hill has decided to leave Georgia Tech for a shot at the pros. According to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Hill came to the decision after conferring with his parents, head coach Paul Johnson and receivers coach Buzz Preston. Hill's grade was not specifically given, but reading between the lines of Sugiura's report it sounds like the scouts graded Hill as a possible day three (rounds four through seven) pick. Johnson's triple option offense rarely puts the ball in receivers' hands. Georgia Tech's scheme calls for big, athletic and strong receivers who can sneak downfield for the occasional deep pass but whose primary role is to provide blocking on the perimeter. Like former first round picks Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, the 6-5, 206 pound Hill has the bulk to certainly catch scouts' attention. At that size, if he were to run anything lower than a 4.60, he'd have a shot at getting drafted. And if he were to run considerably faster, Hill's stock could improve in a hurry as he's certainly shown flashes of playmaking skills. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2012 - While Hill only caught 28 passes in 2011 they resulted in a gaudy 820 yards. That means Hill averaged 29.3 yards per reception. That led the nation and is the best YPC average in Georgia Tech history. The concern is that Hill remains a very raw receiver. Not only do his routes need a lot of work, so does his hands. Hill made some notable drops over his career. To be fair, he's also demonstrated spectacular leaping ability and rare hand strength to make some dazzling catches. Prior to his "breakout" 2011 performance, Hill caught just 15 passes in 2010 and four as a redshirt freshman. For his career, Hill caught 49 passes for 1,248 yards (25.47) and nine scores. Knowing that he lacks the experience catching the ball to impress scouts, Hill acknowledged that his ultimate draft grade may hinge on how he works out. "With my size and my ability, I know I could raise my stock," he said. NFLDraftScout.com has some faith in his ability to do so. He was ranked as our No. 6 wide receiver prospect in the class of 2013. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/05/2012 - Stephen Hill says he is bypassing his senior season at Georgia Tech to enter the NFL draft. Hill caught 28 passes for 820 yards, including five for touchdowns, this season. He led FBS players and set a school record with his average of 29.3 yards per catch. Hill said Thursday he is "ready to move forward and work on getting better." The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Hill had 49 catches for 1,248 yards in three seasons in Georgia Tech's run-first option offense. Hill's average of almost 30 yards per catch broke the record of 25.1 set by Demaryius Thomas, now with the Denver Broncos, in 2009. Hill has not hired an agent. - AP Sports

12/31/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Stephen Hill averages 30.2 yards a catch, most in the FBS. Nine of his 26 grabs went for at least 40 yards. However, he's also had a few bad drops. When Hill is involved in the offense, the Jackets are nearly impossible to beat. When coaches don't call his number, Tech is much easier to defend. - The Sports Xchange

11/10/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech, Nov. 10 This game likely will decide the Coastal Division champion. The Hokies are 4-1, the Jackets 4-2 and Virginia 3-2 in conference play. While the Cavaliers beat Georgia Tech and own that tiebreaker, it's unlikely they'll run the table. They still must visit Florida State and host Virginia Tech. So the division, as it usually does, comes down to Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech. The Hokies won 28-21 in Blacksburg last year. KEYS TO THE GAME: QB Tevin Washington can loosen up the Hokies' defense by hitting a long pass or two to WR Stephen Hill. When the Jackets get Hill involved, they usually win. He's averaging 30.4 yards a catch, most in the nation. The Jackets also need another effort from B-backs David Sims and Preston Lyons. Their power running up the middle opens things up on the perimeter for A-back Orwin Smith. - The Sports Xchange

10/05/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Tech is 8-1 all-time against Maryland at Bobby Dodd Stadium, last losing in 2001. Tech is ranked 13th in the AP and Coaches' polls, its highest ranking since finishing the 2009 season 13th. The Jackets jumped eight spots in both polls after improving to 5-0. Tech is one victory away from becoming bowl-eligible for a 15th straight year. Tech has thrown at least two TD passes in four of five games this year. WR Stephen Hill leads the nation with a 33.5-yards-per-catch average. - The Sports Xchange

09/24/2011 - Tevin Washington threw a long touchdown pass and ran for two scores, including a 5-yarder that gave No. 25 Georgia Tech a 35-28 victory over North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels (3-1, 1-1 ACC) fought back from a 28-14 deficit, tying the game on freshman Giovani Bernard's 55-yard run with 7:22 left. Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0) needed only four plays to respond. Roddy Jones reached out to take a pitch from Washington that looked too far in front of the running back, going 48 yards down the sideline to the North Carolina 9. Two snaps later, Washington took it in for the winning score with 5:20 left. Stephen Hill had a huge game for Georgia Tech with six receptions for 151 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. Bernard rushed for 155 yards and two TDs. - AP Sports

09/15/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Jackets lead the nation in pass efficiency (315.9), rank second in scoring and total offense, and rank third in rushing. QB Tevin Washington, who accounted for four touchdowns last week, has thrown for 473 yards and five scores without an interception. WR Stephen Hill (6-5, 210) has proven to be a mismatch so far for defensive backs. B-back David Sims last week showed why he earned the starting job over three other candidates, running 12 times for 91 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: Junior WR Stephen Hill has three touchdown catches this season - all 71 yards or longer. The 6-5, 210-pounder used his strength to shed a defender on his 71-yard touchdown catch against Middle Tennessee State. He also had a diving 43-yard grab and finished with 126 receiving yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Stephen Hill - The 6-5 junior has abused defensive backs from Western Carolina and Middle Tennessee State, but can he keep it up against a Big 12 secondary? QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think he's grown up. Sometimes we forget that these guys are just kids they have to grow up and mature, and I think that's starting to happen for him now a little more than earlier." Coach Paul Johnson on junior WR Stephen Hill, who leads the team with seven catches for 307 yards and three touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - The Jackets have scored 112 points in their first two games. The last time they broke 100 in their first two games was 2007, when they scored 33 at Notre Dame and 69 against Samford. Tech's 49 points against Middle Tennessee State were its most on the road since a 2009 win at Duke. Tech is 2-0 for the third time in four years under coach Paul Johnson. The Jackets have never started 3-0 under Johnson. WR Stephen Hill is averaging an incredible 43.8 yards on his seven catches. Three have gone for touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

09/13/2011 - Maybe it's a little early to call this offense Air Johnson. Even so, Georgia Tech is sure showing a lot more life in the passing game. Through two weeks, the Yellow Jackets have thrown for more yards-579-than they did in the first six games of 2010. Quarterback Tevin Washington has taken advantage of some huge openings in the passing game, connecting on five touchdowns with no interceptions. His top receiver is Stephen Hill, who is averaging nearly 44 yards on his seven catches. The junior already has more yards than all of last season. Coach Paul Johnson points out that the competition is about to get a lot tougher. The Yellow Jackets host Kansas on Saturday after easy wins over Western Carolina and Middle Tennessee State. - AP Sports

09/09/2011 - It's nice to lead the nation in passing efficiency, but coach Paul Johnson knows one game does not a season make. Especially since Tech's 63-21 win came against an FCS opponent in Western Carolina. The Yellow Jackets step up in competition on Saturday night when they visit Middle Tennessee State, a team picked to finish tied for third in the Sun Belt. Johnson is not basking in Tech's 365 passing yards, which were the most in his four-year tenure. "Two of the long pass plays were hitch routes where Stephen (Hill) and Tyler (Melton) stiff-armed guys and got away from them," Johnson said. "As the competition increases, that will be less likely. But I thought we did throw the ball more efficiently. We protected better than we did last year, which gives us a chance to throw the ball." - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - Tech is 2-0 all-time against Sun Belt teams, including a 42-14 home win over MTSU last year. The Blue Raiders are 2-15 against BCS conference schools over the past six years. WR Stephen Hill is the ACC Receiver of the Week after catching four balls for 181 yards and two TDs against Western Carolina. "The kid's almost 6-5, and he's 210 pounds and is really fast," coach Paul Johnson said. "If he's consistent catching the ball and doing what he can do, he's going to have a mismatch against a lot of folks." - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2011 - ACC WEEK 1 OFFENSIVE RECEIVER OF THE WEEK - Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, WR, Jr., 6-5, 206, Lithonia, Ga. Stephen Hill recorded a career-high 181 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions in Georgia Tech's 63-21 win over Western Carolina last Thursday, averaging 45.3 yards per catch. Hill became the first Yellow Jacket to catch two touchdown passes in a game since 2007 as Georgia Tech racked up 365 yards passing - the most in the Paul Johnson era on the Flats. - ACC football

09/01/2011 - Orwin Smith scored two of Georgia Tech's four first-quarter touchdowns, Stephen Hill caught two touchdown passes from Tevin Washington and Georgia Tech beat Western Carolina 63-21 on Thursday night in the opener for both teams. The Yellow Jackets piled up 662 yards of total offense - their most productive game since 2000 - but they struggled throughout the night to hold on to the football, losing two of six fumbles and allowing a second-quarter punt to get blocked and recovered for a touchdown. Brandon Pechloff had 180 yards passing for Western Carolina. Georgia Tech, facing an FCS opponent that dropped to 10-46 since the start of 2006, showed flashes of a formidable passing game after ranking 119th in the nation last year as Washington completed eight of 13 passes for 271 yards and three TDs. - AP Sports

09/01/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Georgia Tech vs. Western Carolina, Sept. 1 Coach Paul Johnson is trying to go 6-0 against his alma mater. The previous five games came when he coached Georgia Southern. The Catamounts, an FCS team from the Southern Conference, installed the Pistol after last year's 2-9 season. KEYS TO THE GAME: Tech won't have any trouble getting up for this game. The Jackets are coming off a losing season and angry about the NCAA vacating their 2009 ACC title. As long as Tech doesn't fumble multiple times, this one shouldn't be close. The Jackets are counting on several freshmen to play key roles this year; look for coach Paul Johnson to use about 15 freshmen in the opener. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Stephen Hill - After dropping several passes in a subpar sophomore season, the 6-foot-5 Hill dedicated himself to improving his technique and conditioning. Tech seems inclined to throw more this season, and Hill should benefit. - The Sports Xchange

05/09/2011 - BUILDING BLOCKS: As usual, Tech is loaded with backfield talent. A-backs Roddy Jones, Embry Peeples, Orwin Smith and B.J. Bostic all are potential gamebreakers. It's time for 6-foot-5 wideout Stephen Hill to start minimizing his drops and maximizing his talent. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/30/2012 - General manager Mike Tannenbaum sat out the trading frenzy on Thursday night but couldn't resist pulling the trigger on yet another draft trade Friday, when he sent second-, fifth- and seventh-round picks to move up four spots and grab Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill with the 43rd overall pick. The Jets' website reported this was unofficially Tannenbaum's 32nd trade involving draft picks in seven seasons as general manager. In his pre-draft meeting with the Jets, Hill made it clear he believes in the adage "look good, play good." Hill wore a suit and tie to the Jets' headquarters, and while the Jets drafted him for his unique combination of run-blocking skills and deep-threat capabilities (he had 1,248 yards on just 49 career catches at Georgia Tech), his all-business approach couldn't have hurt. "This is actually your job," Hill told the New York Daily News. "You're actually coming in here for an interview. It's a business and you have to treat it like a business. So I came up here sharp." - The Sports Xchange

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