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Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill lights up the 40-yard dash

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Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill has just done a whole lot to improve his NFL draft stock.

Hill put up a sensational 40-yard dash time of 4.30 seconds on Sunday morning in Indianapolis. That’s easily the best time we’ve seen so far. On his other attempt he ran in 4.31 seconds, so he actually has the two fastest 40 times of the 2012 Scouting Combine to date.

A 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Hill has good size to go with his good speed. There’s no question that he’s opening some eyes this weekend.

The question is whether Hill can develop into a consistent threat while playing in an NFL passing game. While playing in a run-first option offense at Georgia Tech, he caught just 49 passes in his college career.

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28 Responses to “Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill lights up the 40-yard dash”
  1. edmazeing1 says: Feb 26, 2012 10:01 AM

    All I have to say to that is R.I.P Al!!!

  2. thraiderskin says: Feb 26, 2012 10:02 AM

    How many attempts came his way and how many drops? Wide Reciever is such a tape-necessary position.

  3. addict2sport says: Feb 26, 2012 10:05 AM

    In all prior drafts, he’d be a lock to be drafted by the Raiders.

  4. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 26, 2012 10:05 AM

    Good thing Al isn’t around to draft him.

  5. mike83ri says: Feb 26, 2012 10:06 AM

    The last two big and fast receivers to come out of this run-first school have been pretty good.

  6. rollore says: Feb 26, 2012 10:09 AM

    He can be one of two things: The next Megatron or the next Roy Williams.

  7. againsville says: Feb 26, 2012 10:10 AM

    I know another former ga tech wide receiver that has similar size and speed that has panned out ok.

  8. rollore says: Feb 26, 2012 10:10 AM

    Al Davis? Just be glad Matt Millen’s not in Detroit anymore!

  9. hillbillyjim says: Feb 26, 2012 10:25 AM

    He’s interesting, watch the film from the game vs. UNC this year. He had one of the most amazing catches I’ve ever seen in that game. He also had one of the biggest bonehead drops, a wide open 60 yarder that hit him in the breadbasket and then hit the ground T.O. style. I think it was hard for him because he was constantly run blocking.

  10. kane337 says: Feb 26, 2012 10:38 AM

    Last I checked Demaryius Thomas turned out ok from that run-first option school.

  11. lombardihero says: Feb 26, 2012 10:48 AM

    Plus he even laid out for a pass and caught everything under the sun.

    This Kid is going to be something special….

  12. ernie ernie says: Feb 26, 2012 10:49 AM

    Here’s someone the Bears can use, Vikes too.

  13. hillbillyjim says: Feb 26, 2012 10:51 AM

  14. kingufr says: Feb 26, 2012 10:58 AM

    I think Al may actually claw his way out to draft this one.

  15. dccowboy says: Feb 26, 2012 11:02 AM

    Hey, at least you know the kid can block. In Johnson’s spread option the WRs HAVE to be good blockers.

  16. PurpleRaid18 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:11 AM

    With their second round pick the Minnesota Vikings select…

  17. steelerchicken says: Feb 26, 2012 11:12 AM

    Mike Wallace’s replacement?

  18. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    replacement for Wallace if he has to leave?

  19. goldrush36 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:23 AM

    I’ll take him at the end of the 2nd or 3rd if he’s there. Considering how many speed guys the 49ers have had with inconsistent hands over the last several years i’m more keen to take a guy that’s slower but doesn’t drop passes like Alshon Jeffery. Then again with the 49ers lick drafting wideouts Hill would become Megatron 2.0 while Jeffery would end up Mike Williams 2.0 smh

  20. lionsmark09 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:32 AM

    Lions, opposite Megatron and Young in the slot.

  21. aigraiders says: Feb 26, 2012 11:53 AM

    Oh man, Al Davis would have traded our entire next year’s drafts to get this guy this year. He came out 1 year too late.

  22. wickerphil says: Feb 26, 2012 12:03 PM

    He is not as good as Demaryius Thomas, let alone Megatron. But … he would be a good risk for a team in round 3-4 looking to develop a deep threat. If The Giants lose Mario Manningham, this guy could replace him.

  23. barneysbullet says: Feb 26, 2012 12:20 PM

    Al Davis would have taken him #1 overall.

  24. chc4 says: Feb 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    This guy has skillet hands. Don’t care how fast he runs… he can’t catch.

  25. tking63 says: Feb 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    Wow GT might be called WR U..if this kid lights it up at the next level. Calvin Johnson,Demaryuis Thomas now this kid. What do they put in water in ATL.

  26. nflfollower says: Feb 26, 2012 1:41 PM

    Let’s not forget Megatron outweighs this guy by about 30 lbs. But he just earned himself a nice increase in pay come draft day. Five years from now he could be the guy many teams will be kicking themselves for passing on in the 1st round. Or he could just be a combine wonder.

  27. sasquash20 says: Feb 26, 2012 2:19 PM

    He was a hit or miss last season in college. Capable of monster games and capable of disappearing

  28. MichaelEdits says: Feb 26, 2012 3:39 PM

    He’s probably hoping to get drafted by an NFL team, but you know he’ll wind up with the Raiders instead.

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