Jaguars high on Stephen Hill

AP

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.

20 responses to “Jaguars high on Stephen Hill

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. @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.

  7. 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.

  8. @ ‘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…….

  9. “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.

  10. 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!!!

  11. I hope they trade down.

    Or take Blackmon if he is there.

    Gabbert can play, give him time.

  12. 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.

  13. @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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