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Stephen Hill tries to show he’s a complete receiver at pro day

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At Georgia Tech’s pro day today, Stephen Hill didn’t run a 40-yard dash: He’s perfectly content to sit on the great 40 he ran at the Scouting Combine, where his official time of 4.36 seconds tied him for the second-fastest player in Indianapolis.

What Hill tried to do instead was show that he’s a complete receiver who can do more than break big plays running deep downfield.

“I was getting in and out of the breaks pretty fast, but I just want to get faster,” Hill told Larry Hartstein of CBS. “I want to show I can do great things other than just running deep routes.”

Hill caught all 12 of the balls thrown to him at his pro day workout, and there’s an emerging consensus that he’s looking like a first-round pick. Georgia Tech’s run-heavy option offense doesn’t lend itself to a receiver putting up big numbers, and Hill caught just 28 passes last season. But he gained 820 yards on those passes for a whopping 29.3 yards a catch, and he’s now trying to show that in addition to the obvious deep speed he possesses, he can run all the routes an NFL team expects a receiver to run.

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23 Responses to “Stephen Hill tries to show he’s a complete receiver at pro day”
  1. jayh1492 says: Mar 6, 2012 1:55 PM

    Steeler? or did drafting Limas Sweed a few years ago mess with that mindset of taking a receiver early? If the Steelers get a 2nd, 1st round pick for Wallace leaving this might not be a bad pick. Height and speed.

  2. broncobeta says: Mar 6, 2012 1:56 PM

    How does GT do it?

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 6, 2012 2:00 PM

    Calvin Johnson
    Demaryius Thomas
    Stephen Hill
    Where does Georgia tech keep getting these physical specimen at wide out? Especially with their triple option attack.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 6, 2012 2:02 PM

    These guys come all the way out to watch his pro day and they see 12 catches?

  5. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 6, 2012 2:09 PM

    God forbid Wallace leaves, let me introduce you to his replacement.

  6. tcclark says: Mar 6, 2012 2:17 PM

    i don’t understand. If you’re a great receiver, why are you going to Georgia Tech?

  7. kuantan97 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    “i don’t understand. If you’re a great receiver, why are you going to Georgia Tech?”

    Is Calvin Johnson not a good receiver?

  8. chc4 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:32 PM

    This guy will be a bust. He had alot of horrible drops last year. Like skillet hands type drops. Anyone comparing this guy to Calvin Johnson is either a) dumb or b) has never seen him play.

  9. raviq10 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:34 PM

    Welcome to the Ravens Stephen Hill! Say hello to Torrey Smith on the other side….

  10. sasquash20 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:37 PM

    This guy drops a lot of passes. He is your typical feast or fathom wide out. No way should he be drafted before the 3rd round.

  11. jswheeler says: Mar 6, 2012 2:37 PM

    sounds about right that he would go late in first round…to some team with an extra first round pick.

  12. kurtismantronik says: Mar 6, 2012 2:38 PM

    Johnson, Thomas and Hill are all from Georgia and probably wanted to play college football in-state. Why that didn’t lead to Georgia instead of Georgia Tech is beyond me.

  13. cotts1 says: Mar 6, 2012 2:41 PM

    tcclark says: Mar 6, 2012 2:17 PM

    i don’t understand. If you’re a great receiver, why are you going to Georgia Tech?

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    Because not all wide receivers are finished products out of high school. Some guys grow, physically and mentally, into elite receivers.

  14. bozosforall says: Mar 6, 2012 2:53 PM

    kuantan97 says:
    Mar 6, 2012 2:27 PM
    “i don’t understand. If you’re a great receiver, why are you going to Georgia Tech?”

    Is Calvin Johnson not a good receiver?

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    You obviously don’t get it.

    It’s not a knock on Megatron, idiot…it’s a knock on the fact that the triple-option offense is not conducive for ANY WR to showcase his talents at the collegiate level…yet these reciever superstar talents out of high school seem to continue to sign there.

  15. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 6, 2012 2:58 PM

    sportsmeccabi says:
    Mar 6, 2012 2:00 PM
    Calvin Johnson
    Demaryius Thomas
    Stephen Hill
    Where does Georgia tech keep getting these physical specimen at wide out? Especially with their triple option attack.

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    These guys are perfect fits into the triple option offense. Big Physical guys who can block downfiled on options/running plays. Guys with a combination of size and speed who can get downfield in the 10-12 passing downs the team plays but who can also take a handoff on a reverse and run with it.

  16. kuantan97 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:42 PM

    “You obviously don’t get it.

    It’s not a knock on Megatron, idiot…it’s a knock on the fact that the triple-option offense is not conducive for ANY WR to showcase his talents at the collegiate level…yet these reciever superstar talents out of high school seem to continue to sign there.”

    So, the casual reader is supposed to extrapolate all of what you say from the original sentence about good receivers attending Georgia Tech? Could be a reach, ya think?

    And at least this “idiot” can spell “receiver”…”all together class: i before e except after c.”

  17. johnnyblumpkin says: Mar 6, 2012 4:07 PM

    Hey sasquash20! What’s a feast or “fathom” WR?
    He probably should have gone to Navy?!?!

  18. givemeglenn says: Mar 6, 2012 4:17 PM

    A couple of things of note; first, Calvin Johnson played under Chan Gailey and his Pro Style set, not Paul Johnson’s triple/spread option, and Demaryious Thomas and Stephen Hill chose GA Tech because they were interested in the fact that one out of six GA Tech grads is a millionaire and they wanted a good education to go along with their football program (student athletes, in that order), and they also realized that they would be the featured wide receiver in the offense where they would have a lot of one-on-one opportunities, a chance to run a lot of reverses, and a chance to learn how to block downfield, which would make them a more valuable commodity in the NFL.

    Great receivers will get a chance to play in the NFL, and these players have shown scouts and recruits that GA Tech’s offense can’t automatically be held against them.

  19. sasquash20 says: Mar 6, 2012 4:23 PM

    One game he will have 4 catches for 150 yards, the next one 1 catch for 5 yards. That is how he was in college anyway. So that is what I meant by feast or fathom. If it doesn’t make any sense oh well bite me.

  20. imsorrybojackson says: Mar 6, 2012 4:27 PM

    Twelve catches is an absurdly low number. Randy Moss ran 45 routes today and he has less to prove. hands are extremely shaky, and worse, he doesn’t show effort unless it’s a designed play.

    This has nothing to do with the option offense. He had 820 yards all year and 181 were in the opener against Western Carolina. They were 1-10 in the FCS (1-AA). He also had 126 against Middle Tennessee (2-10 in the Sun Belt). So, now he’s down to 500 yards against decent opposition. In their back-to-back losses against Virginia and Miami he had one catch for 9 yard. Combined. This guy is like a worse version of Heyward-Bey.

    His hands are extremely shaky, and worse, he doesn’t show effort unless it’s a designed play. He stinks.

  21. romoscollarbone says: Mar 6, 2012 6:33 PM

    12 catches seems like such a low #, but I guess if you like him at his Pro Day, you bring him in house and put him thru as many paces as you want.

  22. maximusprime107 says: Mar 7, 2012 4:58 AM

    GT just churns out these freaks

  23. johnnyblumpkin says: Mar 7, 2012 10:34 AM

    You did it again sasquash20. Your poor use of the english language is painful. You used the phrase “feast or fathom”. Unfortunately the word fathom is not correct. The phrase should read “feast or famine”. You see, the opposite of feast (an abundance of food) is famine (the lack of food). Fathom is a maritime term relating to water depth. Hence the Navy joke. Get it? Fathom – Navy? No? Go back to watching Springer. I hear your mom and dog are on the next episode.

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