Jets trade up to pick Stephen Hill

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And then there were in the green room.

The Jets traded up to the 43rd pick to select Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill, leaving Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still and LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle as the only players invited by the NFL to the draft still unselected. Hill’s selection fills a big need for a Jets team that had a gaping chasm across from Santonio Holmes at wide receiver.

Hill’s size, speed and athleticism are off the charts, but he’s still very raw after playing in Tech’s triple option offense. That experience has made him a good run blocker, however, and that’s something the Jets should be able to use. He has the potential to be a home run hitter if everything comes together. If it does, Hill won’t be all that dissimilar from former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker, who announced Hill’s selection. The question now is whether the Jets have a quarterback who can help Hill refine his skills and take advantage of his ability to get behind defenses.

The Seahawks picked up fifth and seventh-round picks to drop down four spots in the second round. It’s the second time they’ve dealt down in this draft after moving down in the first round before selecting Bruce Irvin from West Virginia.

31 responses to “Jets trade up to pick Stephen Hill

  1. The TV broadcast is worthless, follow Jason LaCanfora’s twitter updates and you’ll be at least 2 picks ahead

  2. This was a great value pick and a need the Jets had to address. I thought Hill was the 3rd best WR in this draft because of his tangibles (speedy, can catch and block), and he should fit right in coming from a run first offense at Georgia Tech.

  3. He’s a fine specimen, that’s for sure. Now it’s up to the Jets’ staff to coach him up and shape him into a weapon for those QBs

  4. Hill must be wondering if he is cursed. After playing for a team that doesn’t throw the ball he is drafted by a team that can’t throw the ball.

  5. I always think it’s funny when teams draft badly on QB like the Jets did with Sanchez and the Ravens did with Boller. They draft good WRs, great RB’s and TE’s; they have pro bowl lineman, yet…still the same results: their offenses suck because their QB’s suck. The Ravens eventually admitted it with Boller. The Jets will do the same with Sanchez. I’d hate to be a receiver drafted by that team.

  6. Well with tebow as their qb he gona feel like just like in georgia, cause jets are still gona be running the option, so why bother to learn how to run route.

  7. Like the pick. Certainly seems a bit raw but the lack of production was a reflection of where he played. Certainly appears to have freakish athleticism. We haven’t had a big homegrown WR in years…looking forward to what this guy can do.

    Jets are certainly taking chances on boom/bust type prospects.

  8. Did you guys take a bathroom break during Miami’s pick? Even if you have nothing to say about Martin, I’m sure you can work in a quarterback, Ross, or Ireland dig anyhow.

  9. excellent pick by the Jets I had him as the #2 WR on my big bored the jets are having a fine draft. sofar. they will have excellent coach in REX leading them

  10. “Career is over before it started. Feel bad for the guy.”

    It’s unbelievable how stupid some people are.

  11. Great draft pick… a WR from a fun first, run second, run a third time college offense. A perfect fit, sense the jets don’t have a QB on team!

  12. Another weapon for Tebow. Rex is making space for his fourth September Lombardi Trophy.

    Get ready for the 44th anniversary !

  13. Hill has got to be pissed. Not only can he not get any balls thrown his way, but he has to listen to blow hard Rex Ryan predict a super bowl every august to september.

    Does anyone know what a big bored is (exhibitsman)? I thought texans were stupid. Must be contagious.

  14. the jets never have an article missed out by anyone. the chiefs 2nd round pick has been overlooked EVERYWHERE

  15. Great picks so far. We needed a pass rusher and WR. Still big concerns at safety and OG. But can’t take care of everything. Wish we could add Toon to the team, he is a player.

  16. I always have to wade through all the Jets hate mail before I read any inteligent football insight. It’s annoying.

  17. Snicker, Snicker. Traded up for a guy that was slipping and other teams were taking WR’s ahead of him. Way to go Jests! Another great pick that wont amount to a hill of beans. Might as well let Tebow just run a QB Draw on every play.

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