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.