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Michael Floyd, Stephen Hill stand out at Combine

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Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is making a strong push to be the second receiver taken in this draft.

He ran an electronic time of 4.47 in the forty-yard dash and faster on hand timed watches, beating expectations. More importantly, Floyd looked fluid and natural in his position drills.

Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill made himself some money. He ran an official 4.36 in the forty, good for second among wide receivers. His broad jump led all wide receivers. He’s a big, physical receiver that is a great blocker.

The question with Hill centered more around his receiving skills. He did a very nice job catching the ball and running routes — routes that Georgia Tech didn’t ask him to run. He looked the part and couldn’t help but raise comparisons to former Tech receiver Demayrius Thomas. Don’t be surprised if Hill is called a “riser” after this weekend.

Baylor wideout Kendall Wright, who is in competition with Floyd to be the second wideout draft, ran a surprisingly slow 4.61. Some hand times had him closer to 4.45. He plays much faster on the field and some expected him to be in the 4.3′s this week. He looked great in drills, however, and we don’t think the number will truly hurt Wright because he looks so much faster when he’s actually, you know, playing football.

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21 Responses to “Michael Floyd, Stephen Hill stand out at Combine”
  1. nflfollower says: Feb 26, 2012 1:35 PM

    So let me get this straight. You’re predicting the guy who is 6’4″ and ran a 4.36 will be “called a riser after this weekend”?

    Wow, going out a limb there! I’ll wait for the post next week that brags about him getting buzz and how it was predicted by PFT.

  2. 8drinkminimum says: Feb 26, 2012 1:36 PM

    Good to see Floyd ran well etc. All of the receivers mentioned are real good but none of them can get the ball when it’s up for grags like Floyd can.

  3. tking63 says: Feb 26, 2012 1:44 PM

    Hence the reason guys don’t like do alot stuff at the combine same thing happen to Joe Haden 2yrs ago. People questioned his speed he ran 4.6 at the combine then low 4.4s at his pro day. C ould have costed him millions. Oh yeah he turned out to pretty good.

  4. dbellina says: Feb 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    Vikings should take Hill.

  5. ramitbaby says: Feb 26, 2012 2:04 PM

    Stephen Hill just went to the top of the Raiders’ draft board. I wonder if he’ll last until round four when the finally get to pick???

  6. clayton43 says: Feb 26, 2012 2:09 PM

    I still dont get the ” hand times” and electrical times ect ect … Why dont they just do like Olympic times and make that official ??? Someone please enlighten me… I keep reading about different times but dont understand why there isnt ONE official time ??? Thanks

  7. buckbrennan says: Feb 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    clayton43 – the reason why they can’t do Olympic timing is due to the fact that at the combine the clock “starts” on the players first movement, the Olympics is tied in with the start of the race, the gun going off and is all computerized…so unless they change it they cant do olympic timing

  8. greysolon says: Feb 26, 2012 2:56 PM

    A slow 40 won’t hurt a WR?

    What planet’s combine are you watching?

  9. wickerphil says: Feb 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    Kendall Wright’s 4.45 was the “adjusted” time that accounts for the slow combine track I suppose. Still, bad news for him. Add that disappointing time to his 5’10″ 188 lbs and his spread offense, and he won’t go higher than the middle of the 2nd round.

    How did Alshon Jeffrey run?

  10. dino2997 says: Feb 26, 2012 3:39 PM

    Is it just me or are some of these times all over the place? How in the world did Kendall Wright run a 4.61 and expect a 4.3?!? Then the hand times had him at 4.45.

  11. goatcheez says: Feb 26, 2012 4:31 PM

    He didn’t @wickerphil.

  12. givemeglenn says: Feb 26, 2012 4:43 PM

    Stephen Hill actually was one of the three fastest players, not number two, as he also ran a 4.36 along with Benjamin & Owusu.

    He also was first (lead everyone) in the broad jump at 11’1″.

  13. unomasmore says: Feb 26, 2012 4:54 PM

    “clayton43 – the reason why they can’t do Olympic timing is due to the fact that at the combine the clock “starts” on the players first movement, the Olympics is tied in with the start of the race, the gun going off and is all computerized…so unless they change it they cant do olympic timing”

    Good info…maybe they should just go on “Hike.”

  14. ramitbaby says: Feb 26, 2012 5:18 PM

    Kendall Wright = Donnie Avery.

  15. chaddilac1 says: Feb 26, 2012 7:16 PM

    Doesn’t make any sense why they test these guys on things like the 40 without pads. I have never seen them play a game without them. So I guy can run 4.40 in the forty in his shorts. Does that mean he can do the same, or comparable, in full gear? Doubtful. I would give allot more credit to the results of the combine if the guys had to do it with all the pads and a helmet on. At least that way you know what to expect when they suit up. Helmets have blind spots that can’t be accounted for in the combine when they aren’t wearing one. Think they should make the tests more realistic. Then again, they couldn’t sell the faces of the contestants if they were wearing all their gear.

  16. rollteal says: Feb 26, 2012 9:59 PM

    Michael Floyd + Black & Teal = Winning !!

  17. eaglelover1 says: Feb 26, 2012 10:55 PM

    My Predictio Stephen Hill Replaces Vincent Jackson in San Diego…..The Rams, Panthers, Bears, Redskins, Vikings, Buccs, Eagles, Broncos, Dolphins, And Patriots need to be targeting Hill in the 2nd round….

  18. 22deuce says: Feb 26, 2012 11:11 PM

    @ chaddilac1

    they test them all like that to put them on equal footing. it’s never been done in pads, so that won’t change.

  19. majbobby says: Feb 27, 2012 7:05 AM

    Would love Floyd at 10. Line him up on the other side is Stevie Johnson and greatly improve the Bills weapons.

  20. mannyicey says: Feb 27, 2012 10:18 AM

    So let’s see-

    Georgia Tech has sent up Calvin Johnson and Calvin’s replacement in Demaryius Thomas. Next, D. Thomas’ replacement, Stephen Hill, looks like a baller.

    What is interesting is that you can get premiere wide-out NFL wideouts in an option offense where you actually throw to the wideouts about 3 or 4 times a game. I mean, what makes GA Tech a wideout powerhouse?

  21. givemeglenn says: Feb 27, 2012 10:49 AM

    Not only does GA Tech attract quality athletes, but they must also be intelligent and good citizens or they can’t gain admittance (or stay) in school. These attributes lead to good work ethics. Another GA Tech receiver, Kevin Cone, is on the Atlanta Falcon roster, earning his position as a free agent. He was picked up because of his willingness (and ability) to block, his ability to catch passes when thrown to him, his size, and his speed (sub 4.4 as well).

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