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Jaguars Draft Prospects: Wide Receiver, Stephen Hill

Hill runs for a touchdown at Georgia Tech

It is no secret, the Jaguars need help at wide receiver and Stephen Hill could be an excellent pick-up for Jacksonville in the second round.

Hill, a former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket wowed scouts at the scouting combine in February by running a blistering 4.31, 40 yard dash. Standing at 6ft 4”, 215 lbs with a phenomenal jump and reach there is no doubt about Hill’s athletic ability.

However, there is an air of uncertainty surrounding him because he played in Georgia Tech’s triple option offence, a run first offensive system that does not utilize the wide receiver.

Hill caught just 49 passes in his career at Georgia Tech and only 28 passes in 2011. Although, those 28 receptions had a combined yardage of 820 yards and a stunning average yardage per catch of 29.3 yards.

The fact that he played in this offence has purely lessoned the amount of film that scouts have on Hill and his strong combine and pro day performances have vaulted him up the draft board, possibly even into the first round.

The Georgia Tech offence has a good track record of producing solid wide receivers in recent years with Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (2007) and Denver’s Demaryius Thomas (2010).

Hill hopes to follow on in the footsteps of both those players, especially Johnson, Hill said on Johnson, “That’s who I compare myself to because he has the speed and height to jump up and go get it,”

One aspect of Hill’s game that benefits the Jaguars is his blocking. Whilst limiting his production catching the ball one aspect of his game that Hill got plenty of practice at in the triple option offence is blocking. The strength of the Jaguars offence is Maurice Jones-Drew and the running game so to have a wide receiver that is ready and willing to get physical on the edge is a valuable asset, especially to the Jaguars.

Hill would be an excellent fit for the Jaguars. He is an phenomenal athlete that will develop with quarterback Blaine Gabbert forming a strong base to build an offense around, much like Mathew Stafford and Calvin Johnson in Detroit.

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One Response to “Jaguars Draft Prospects: Wide Receiver, Stephen Hill”

  1. joe says:

    Please draft him in the first round!

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