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Jaguars high on Stephen Hill

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Stephen Hill, the Georgia Tech wide receiver who caught just 28 passes last season in a run-first option offense, but averaged an eye-popping 29.3 yards a catch and put on a show at the Scouting Combine, is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s NFL draft. One of the intrigued teams resides in Jacksonville.

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports, citing unnamed sources, that Hill is a player to keep an eye on in projecting the Jaguars’ picks.

The problem, however, is that the Jaguars may not be in a position to draft Hill. Their first-round pick, No. 7, is too high for Hill, and he’ll probably be off the board before their second-round pick, No. 38.

That’s where the Jaguars’ talk of trading down comes into play. Jacksonville General Manager Gene Smith has said repeatedly that the Jaguars are open to calls from anyone who wants to move up to No. 7. If they do trade down, Hill may be the player they’re targeting.

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  1. 7370355q says: Apr 19, 2012 3:55 PM

    I personally like Rueben Randle from LSU more than Hill.

  2. deucedropper says: Apr 19, 2012 3:58 PM

    Considering some of the Jags’ draft reaches in recent years, maybe No. 7 won’t be too high for Hill.

  3. capslockkey says: Apr 19, 2012 3:59 PM

    Having a pick higher than the guy’s projected value who they really liked never stopped the Jags before. Tyson Alualu anyone?

  4. cush2push says: Apr 19, 2012 4:06 PM

    GM 101 if you like a player draft him who cares where

  5. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 19, 2012 4:11 PM

    Hill will still be 20 on the eve of the draft. That is the intriguing part. But he wasn’t as good as DeMaryius Thomas at G. Tech, and Bey Bey hasn’t exactly lit it up in the NFL.

  6. randomcommenter says: Apr 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    Jags always fall for the trap of combine guys at WR. That’s how they wound up with stiffs like Reggie Williams Or Matt Jones.

    Besides, their bigger problem is that gabbert looks scared out there. He stands in the pocket with all the courage of Shag and Scooby at a haunted amusement park. Like, Zoinks.. let’s get rid of this ball like now…

  7. cardiovascularendurance says: Apr 19, 2012 5:01 PM

    Except for Nate Collins, who is just plain high.

  8. sullybleedsgreen says: Apr 19, 2012 5:19 PM

    This is one of those “Smoke and Mirrors” moves here… Jacksonville just happens to be one spot ahead of Miami so this is basically saying hey if anyone wants to move up and get Tannehill we are listening. Could see the Jags take Hill here at 7 too. They have taken some off the wall picks in the 1st rd before.

  9. cali49er707 says: Apr 19, 2012 5:20 PM

    7370355q says:
    Apr 19, 2012 3:55 PM
    I personally like Rueben Randle from LSU more than Hill.

    randle also matched up with claiborne & patrick peterson @ LSU, & sec defenses from week to week

  10. *Legion* says: Apr 19, 2012 5:22 PM

    @randomcommenter: And in what way was Reggie Williams a “combine guy”? His barely sub-4.6 40 time?

    He had back-to-back seasons of 90 catches and 1100+ yards his last two years at Washington. He was a productive college player, not a “combine guy”.

    Williams was the opposite of a combine guy. He’s a guy who timed slow but was drafted based on production.

  11. hrmlss says: Apr 19, 2012 5:33 PM

    I hear Janoris Jenkins is high also…

  12. realdealsteel says: Apr 19, 2012 5:35 PM

    Jags need a ton of real weapons around Gabbert. And a big wide reciever like Hill would help but they need to be a little more crafty and not show their hand so much.

    Learn from the Steelers, Giants, Packers and the prennial winners on how to have a poker face when draft time rolls around.

  13. billhicks666 says: Apr 19, 2012 5:37 PM

    No way Hill should be drafted at #7! People who say he should be are putting a little too much emphasis on the combine.

  14. londonbengal says: Apr 19, 2012 5:38 PM

    @ ‘randomcommenter’…..

    …..all the courage of Shag & Scooby….

    ======================

    LMAO……. best line of the week…..

    Gabbert in my mind will forever now be known as ‘Shaggy’; and of course their kicker is called ‘Scooby’ tooo if I remember correctly……

    v.funny…….

  15. billhicks666 says: Apr 19, 2012 5:39 PM

    “GM 101 if you like a player draft him who cares where”

    Ridiculous philosophy. This is why you’re not a GM. If you were, you’d be fired after one season.

  16. jacksaysfu says: Apr 19, 2012 5:43 PM

    Prediction : The Jags trade the 7th pick in the NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles for their 15th pick & a second rounder. The Eagles draft either Fletcher Cox or Luke Kuechly (probably Cox , but i want Kuechly) and the Jaguars draft Stephen Hill with the 15th pick . Everyone wins!!!

  17. maddenisfordorks says: Apr 19, 2012 5:58 PM

    I hope they trade down.

    Or take Blackmon if he is there.

    Gabbert can play, give him time.

  18. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 19, 2012 7:46 PM

    Tania Ganguli keep dropping these really overrated names on the Jags. Melvin Ingram, Stephen Hill, Josh Norman. I hope it’s just misinformation the team is feeding her. Not that Gene Smith isn’t capable of egregious errors on draft day.

  19. philly2boston says: Apr 19, 2012 9:01 PM

    Hill would be a reach at 15.. but certainly not Cox at 7, RIGHT? There is no telling what AR will do that’s for sure.

  20. randomcommenter says: Apr 19, 2012 9:17 PM

    @legion..combine guy meaning drafting on his measurables. Williams was seen as a reach. They took him because he was big. Plain and simple.

    No drafted jags wr has ever had 1000 yards receiving. That’s pathetic in today’s pass friendly nfl.

    If you draft hill, it is purely on measurables. He’s very inexperienced as a wr. The jags are stuck with gabbert for a couple seasons. Give him a go to guy not a developmental guy.

    The jags should go after mike Wallace. He’d be worth the money and the draft pick to get a sure thing and something they haven’t had since jimmy smith left, a real playmaker in the passing game.

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