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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.

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31 Responses to “Jets trade up to pick Stephen Hill”
  1. reppster says: Apr 27, 2012 7:54 PM

    All that talent to be lost due to a bunch I backup QBs taking snaps.

  2. LoCoSu@%s says: Apr 27, 2012 7:56 PM

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

  3. painkiller20 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:56 PM

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

  4. blacknole08 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:57 PM

    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.

  5. realdealsteel says: Apr 27, 2012 7:58 PM

    Yep..I feel bad for Hill. He will be wasted by the Jets.

    Tebow and Sanchez are both bums.

  6. classygentleman7 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:58 PM

    There must be something in the water in New York that makes every Jets fan a complete tool.

  7. habsman says: Apr 27, 2012 8:03 PM

    Can he catch grounders?

  8. jolink653 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:05 PM

    that size and speed will come in handy for all the passes tebow throws 15 yards short

  9. praetorian77 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:06 PM

    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

  10. warrenmoon says: Apr 27, 2012 8:06 PM


  11. steviep23 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:07 PM

    Another talent from Georgia tech for Tebow to throw to.

  12. botchedextrapoint says: Apr 27, 2012 8:07 PM

    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.

  13. kuantan97 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:09 PM

    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.

  14. scoops1 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    Who is going to throw him the ball???

  15. kerc1986 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    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.

  16. arlingtonsynn says: Apr 27, 2012 8:12 PM

    Being a good blocker is a good thing since he won’t be catching a lot of passes…..

  17. bry323 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:13 PM

    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.

  18. tfaulk says: Apr 27, 2012 8:18 PM

    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.

  19. raiderapologist says: Apr 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    Alper says:
    And then there were in the green room.

    Aren’t we missing a pronoun or something here?

  20. exibitsman says: Apr 27, 2012 8:29 PM

    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

  21. maxvv says: Apr 27, 2012 8:32 PM

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

    It’s unbelievable how stupid some people are.

  22. iambhooper says: Apr 27, 2012 8:32 PM

    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!

  23. ampats says: Apr 27, 2012 8:38 PM

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

    Get ready for the 44th anniversary !

  24. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 27, 2012 8:51 PM

    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.

  25. ottawabrave91 says: Apr 27, 2012 9:17 PM

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

  26. skon300 says: Apr 27, 2012 9:25 PM

    Nothing like drafting a WR in the 2nd rd when your motto is ground and pound and u need o line help

  27. cmdrsmooth says: Apr 27, 2012 10:40 PM

    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.

  28. 3yrsnfl says: Apr 27, 2012 11:40 PM

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

  29. 11jlacy says: Apr 28, 2012 12:29 AM

    Sanchez or tebow to hill for a TD good addition to the jets

  30. laxcoach37 says: Apr 28, 2012 1:05 AM

    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.

  31. istallion says: Apr 28, 2012 9:31 AM

    Awesome talent here.

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