NFL COMBINE: Tech’s Stephen Hill runs 40 in 4.3 seconds

Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

 

INDIANAPOLIS — Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill said he planned to set the track ablaze at the NFL scouting combine and he came through with the promise.

Considered a fourth-round prospect before the combine, Hill improved his draft status by running the 40-yard dash in a dazzling 4.3 seconds on Sunday.

His second run was a 4.31 seconds, both are the fastest times so far at the combine.

Since declaring for the draft Jan. 5, Hill spent most of his time at the IMG training facility in Bradenton, Fla. He worked out with other draft hopefuls such as quarterback Russell Wilson from Wisconsin, quarterback Kirk Cousins and Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

Now, he likely won’t have to run the 40-yard dash at Tech’s pro day on March 6. He also spent time getting tutored by former Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis, who was helping him with his route-running.

“I look more at small wideouts because I want to be the 6-4 wide receiver playing at 5-10,” said Hill, who said he’s talked to 25 of the 32 teams. “Coming out of my breaks, that’s my biggest thing that I’m trying to work on now.”

Among those training him in Florida was renowned speed coach Loren Seagrave.

Before the combine, Hill said, “I want to run a 4.4. But I feel like I can run a 4.3.”

At last year’s combine, four wide receivers ran in the 4.3 range (including Falcons draft pick Julio Jones) and 11 in the 4.4 range (including former Georgia star A.J. Green, now with Cincinnati.)

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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mp

February 26th, 2012
11:49 am

whoa, am i first? and hill rocked the combine. way to go stephen!

[...] Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill made good on his hopes to run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds at the NFL draft combine, turning in a time of 4.31 seconds Sunday, the fastest time thus far. More info from Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter. [...]

JacketFanMarcus

February 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

Is Hill a Gailey recruit or Paul Johnson recruit? I pray that Paul Johnson can keep recruiting top Georgia talent like Bey-Bey Thomas and Calvin Johnson…

doc

February 26th, 2012
12:24 pm

nice job and good for him. at some point tech fans have to say when do we get to see a qb that can take full advantage of all the players on the field and a coach that wants to see and do that as well? calvin’s days here were pure misery because everyone knew how good he was and we only threw him balls that either he caught or the fans in the first row on the sidelines could get to. sad, really sad.

Jacket Man

February 26th, 2012
12:38 pm

Stephen is a Paul Johnson recruit; and he also looked fantastic in the passing drills. The NFL Network Announcers, including their top evaluator, Mike Mayock, said Stephen has forced everyone, including himself to immediately reevaluate him, and there should be a ton of private workouts now scheduled for him.

collegeballfan

February 26th, 2012
12:39 pm

” I pray that Paul Johnson can keep recruiting top Georgia talent like Bey-Bey Thomas and Calvin Johnson…”

See Travin Henry, 6/4 228, 4.5, in the 2013 season. He will redshirt in 2012.

“…at some point tech fans have to say when do we get to see a qb that can take full advantage of all the players on the field…”

Wonderful question doc. If not this season with Vad Lee, then I have no idea. Next season with Lee? Or will we have to wait for Justin Thomas in a couple of years?

WnE

February 26th, 2012
12:42 pm

S. Hill just proved to the entire FB world what a stubborn idiot that CPJ is, if you have a 6-4 215lb WR that can run a 4.30 at the combine then you play to the STRENGTH OF YOUR TALENT rather than being STUBBORN and trying to prove to the world that your gimmicky triple-SLOPtion Offense works, CPJ never played to the strength of his talent and NEVER used Hill like he should have which is WHY Hill & his Father decided to “gamble” on the NFL-combine rather than one more yr. of CPJ’s crappy offense.

CPJ calls games like he has slow unathletic WRs, when the recent proof is that he does not, at one point GT had BOTH Bay-Bay & S. Hill as the starting WRs, but this only happened half-way thru the season, when that season first started CPJ, the Offensive Genius had S. Hill BEHIND Bay-Bay rather than playing opposite of Bay-Bay and getting your 2 best WRs on the field at the same time.

I guess there’s no NEED to get your 2 best WRs on the field at the same time when all you need them to do is dive at kneecaps so you can prove to everyone your Genius triple-SLOPtion Offense will work at this level.

CPJ got LESS out of 2 tall sub-4.4 WRs (Thomas & Hill) than any HC in the history of CFB, yet his so-called calling card is that he gets the most out of his talent.

I knew I was right about CPJ trying to stubbornly force his triple-option offense upon the GT FB Program even when the talent suggests GT could have done other things LIKE open up the offense and pass to ELITE ATHLETES at WR.

I know S. Hill & his Father are PI$$ED at CPJ, had they chosen CMR & UGA then the 6-4 215lb Hill would have likely been a Top-5 Draft pick like A. J. Green, instead Hill’s 4.30 forty will likely only get him a 2nd round draft slot or maybe a late 1st round draft slot, roughly $10 Million in signing BONUS LESS that what A.J. Green got.

CPJ is where Recruits go to LOSE $millions in signing BONUS MONEY, just ask S. Hill & his Father.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
12:44 pm

P.S.

Travin Henry was NOT a 25 foot 8 inch Long Jumper out of HS with a 41 in vertical leap.

Please don’t compare Travin’s Athleticism to Stephen Hill’s, Travin was Recruited by most schools as an OLB, Hill was a WR all the way coming out of HS.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
12:47 pm

The facts are GT fans that CPJ has had 5 Recruiting Classes and in that time he has brought in NO PROVEN passers and NO PROVEN B-Backs!

Ihatethenbaanditsgreed

February 26th, 2012
12:47 pm

Go to uga not tech

Alabama Jack

February 26th, 2012
12:48 pm

to WnE – stuff it.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
12:52 pm

re:
to WnE – stuff it.

_______________

If you were Stephen Hill & his Father what would YOU be thinking right now?

deuce coupe

February 26th, 2012
12:59 pm

cbssports.com says:

None of his QB’s at Georgia Tech were strong armed and, hence,
passes were “floated” to Hill.
A tall, imposing wide reciever with long arms and big hands,
Hill was mostly asked to block in Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense.
As a blocker, Hill is outstanding, consistently locating, controlling, moving
and pancaking smaller DB’s, and more than holding his own against linebackers.
Hill can really go get it on deep passes, and has
elite top speed.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
1:02 pm

re:
Deuce Coupe
____________________

Could you please name the PERSON that makes $2.5 Million per year whose JOB it is to Recruit Strong armed QBs?

Here’s a hint:
http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc409/OlWrecks/KungFuPanda.jpg

Tron5000

February 26th, 2012
1:07 pm

@WnE: I would be thinking that Demariyus Thomas was a top-10 draft pick and a millionaire coming out of Paul Johnson’s system, so there’s no reason Stephen Hill can’t accomplish the same. Perhaps much of his success is actually owed to Paul Johnson’s system, since he was often either in 1-on-1 coverage or completely uncovered as defenses keyed in on the option.

LadyJacket

February 26th, 2012
1:25 pm

@WnE: nfl.com says it best…”He dropped as many big balls as he made big plays; his YPC stat defines him perfectly as a player who is capable of making flash plays but isn’t reliable.”

GT_Trumpet

February 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

So…where was that explosiveness off the line from 2009-2011?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 26th, 2012
1:42 pm

I think Stephen Hill made him some CA$$$$H today.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 26th, 2012
1:42 pm

I told you guys Hill would show out at combine. A couple of other Jackets not invited to combine will also wow the NFL scouts at their Pro Day.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
1:44 pm

re:
@WnE: I would be thinking that Demariyus Thomas was a top-10 draft pick and a millionaire coming out of Paul Johnson’s system, so there’s no reason Stephen Hill can’t accomplish the same. Perhaps much of his success is actually owed to Paul Johnson’s system, since he was often either in 1-on-1 coverage or completely uncovered as defenses keyed in on the option.
__________________

Bay Bay Thomas went in the 20s and WAS NOT a Top-10 draft pick!

The difference between going inthe 20s and being a Top-10 draft pick is $10 million in signing bonus money.

Imagine if Bay-Bay had signed with UGA and played for CMR like A.J. Green did.

A.J. Green went #4 and Julio Jones went #6 over all; Bay-Bay went #22 overall, that’s about $10 million dollars in LOST signing bonus money due to CPJ’s crappy “system”.

CPJ’s system loses MONEY for Recruits no matter what round they get drafted in!

Jacket Man

February 26th, 2012
1:46 pm

Official 4.36; tied for first with 2 others, currently in 1st in the Broad Jump.

All I'm Saying Is...

February 26th, 2012
1:48 pm

6′4″, 215 lbs, blocks very well…and runs a 4.3 in the 40?! Can you say millionaire. 1rst round draft pick is potentially just the beginning for this kid. Kudos to him for working hard as it will shortly pay off and props to his dad for advising him to go for it.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
1:48 pm

D-Orlando-Led:
________________

S Hill would have made even more MONEY by choosing the right college & HC to sign with coming out of HS.

Genetics made him 6-4 215lbs. and allowed him to train to run a 4.30 forty, but the SYSTEM & HC he played in College for is what is going to cost him money leading up to the April Draft.

Feb. 2009 (NSD for HS Recruits) is where S. Hill made his mistake, he’s twice the RAW Athlete as A. J. Green but he’ll be drafted a LOT LOWER.

The RIGHT SYSTEM & the RIGHT COLLEGE does make a huge difference.

Jacket Man

February 26th, 2012
1:49 pm

WnE, cry me a river then drink yourself to sleep; we’re all tired of your whining. No one cares what you care or what you think. Go argue with yourself in a corner and you might come up with someone who is willing to listen.

Jacket Man

February 26th, 2012
1:53 pm

Hill is 4th in the Verticle.

GT_Trumpet

February 26th, 2012
1:56 pm

Even if this cost him $10 million in signing bonuses, who the heck needs $10 million more when you sign up for a multi-million dollar contract?

Paul in NH

February 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

If WnE can tell me which WRs were taken ahead of Demaryius Thomas, I will agree that he would have done much better playing WR at UGa having Joe Cox through the ball to him.

Paul in NH

February 26th, 2012
1:58 pm

Oops
“throw the ball to him”

Paul in NH

February 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

In 2009, Demaryius Thomas caught 46 passes for 1154 yards and 8 TDs
AJ Green caught 53 passes for 808 yards and 6 TDs

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

re:
Paul in NH

February 26th, 2012
1:57 pm
_______________

Thomas went during a yr. that was “bad” for WRs.

The top- WRs were Thomas at #22 and the guy from Okie St. after him, but if Thomas had played in a different SYSTEM in college then he would have gone MUCH higher than #22.

In most NFL drafts there is ALWAYS WRs that go in the Top-10.

If Bay-Bay plays at USCw or Bama and runs that same 4.38 at 235 lbs.then he’s in the Top-10 no DOUBT, and for you to argue this with YOUR ADVANCED knowledge of CFB & THE NFL is misleading on your part!

Shame on you Paul in N.H.!

bsg3003

February 26th, 2012
2:04 pm

ihey if harry d doesn’t come back do you think the falcons could pick up this guy?

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:05 pm

Even if this cost him $10 million in signing bonuses, who the heck needs $10 million more when you sign up for a multi-million dollar contract?
________________

NFL careers are too short and too risky to lose that kind of MONEY for no reason other than you signed with the wrong college/HC during Feb. of your Sr yr. in HS.

That is a very COSTLY mistake!

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:09 pm

re:
In 2009, Demaryius Thomas caught 46 passes for 1154 yards and 8 TDs
AJ Green caught 53 passes for 808 yards and 6 TDs
________________________

A.J. Green missed 4-games due to Jersey-Gate!

Also would you please list when A.J. Green was drafted vs. when Bay-Bay was drafted, I think you’re proving my point for me?

Would you also compare A.J. Green’s combine stats vs. Bay-Bay’s and then compare their signing bonus money, maybe the SYSTEM that A.J. Green played in is what is making up the difference?

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:10 pm

Wrong yr., but the 4 missed games didn’t affect his draft status.

tech86

February 26th, 2012
2:17 pm

WNE- What you fail to mention in your detailed studies, is, did those teams drafting in the top 10 in 2010 need a WR, apparently not since in the first 2 rounds only 4 WR’s were taken. Last year, Cincy and the Falcons greatest needs were WR and after Green and Jones were taken, no other WR was taken in the first round, just like in 2010, only 2 in first round. If Bay Bay had not gone early, he would have been a top 10 pick. Additionally, he had a broken foot when he had his pro day and at the combine which scared teams off. If Stephen had caught as many passes as he ahd dropped, he would be a top 10 pick and would not have to perform like he did today. I just don’t get why the hatred to Coach Johnson, I assume you have stopped donating your millions to Tech, because I am still funding our family scholarship, no matter who the coach is. Techman born, Techman Bred, I will be a Techman when I am dead.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

Official Times for WRs are in:
__________________________
Travis Benjamin, Miami: 4:36 seconds
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech: 4.36
Chris Owusu, Stanford: 4.36
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois: 4.39
Devon Wylie, Fresno State: 4.39
Tommy Streeter, Miami: 4.4
Chris Givens, Wake Forest: 4.41
T.J. Graham, N.C. State: 4.41
Kashif Moore, Connecticut: 4.42
Jarius Wright, Arkansas: 4.42

C-Smoov

February 26th, 2012
2:21 pm

Where are all of you naysayers now who had plenty to say when this man made the decision to leave Tech!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Speak up!!!!!!!!!!!!! i don’t hear you!!!!!!!!!!!! Better yet, crawl back up under the rock you came from and find someone else to hate on because your dreams didn’t come true!!!!!!!!! Way to go FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!! The people who count have and always will believe in you!!!!!!!!!! The mistake would have been going back to a school who has wasted your talent from day one!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now continue to impress as you have, sign your contract, go back to school and finish your degree and tell the naysayers to watch you play on SUNDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

re:
WNE- What you fail to mention in your detailed studies, is, did those teams drafting in the top 10 in 2010 need a WR, apparently not since in the first 2 rounds only 4 WR’s were taken. Last year, Cincy and the Falcons greatest needs were WR and after Green and Jones were taken, no other WR was taken in the first round, just like in 2010, only 2 in first round. If Bay Bay had not gone early, he would have been a top 10 pick. Additionally, he had a broken foot when he had his pro day and at the combine which scared teams off. If Stephen had caught as many passes as he ahd dropped, he would be a top 10 pick and would not have to perform like he did today. I just don’t get why the hatred to Coach Johnson, I assume you have stopped donating your millions to Tech, because I am still funding our family scholarship, no matter who the coach is. Techman born, Techman Bred, I will be a Techman when I am dead.
___________________

There are ALWAYS NFL teams looking for WRs in round 1 early, especially with the new NFL rules to favor offenses.

The problem NFL teams have is knowing whether their draftees can adjust from GIMMICKY College Offenses to the NFL type of offenses.

Paul in NH

February 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:09 pm
re:
In 2009, Demaryius Thomas caught 46 passes for 1154 yards and 8 TDs
AJ Green caught 53 passes for 808 yards and 6 TDs
________________________

A.J. Green missed 4-games due to Jersey-Gate!
—-
I thought you were a self-styled expert on football. AJ Green didn’t miss any games in 2009 due to selling his jersey.
Perhaps you just “make things up” to support your claims.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

re:
Where are all of you naysayers now who had plenty to say when this man made the decision to leave Tech!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Speak up!!!!!!!!!!!!! i don’t hear you!!!!!!!!!!!! Better yet, crawl back up under the rock you came from and find someone else to hate on because your dreams didn’t come true!!!!!!!!! Way to go FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!! The people who count have and always will believe in you!!!!!!!!!! The mistake would have been going back to a school who has wasted your talent from day one!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now continue to impress as you have, sign your contract, go back to school and finish your degree and tell the naysayers to watch you play on SUNDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!

_________________________

Preach on!

AMEN!

GTBob

February 26th, 2012
2:29 pm

if Thomas had played in a different SYSTEM in college then he would have gone MUCH higher than #22.

Thomas may have been a complete nobody in a different system. You have no idea how well he would have done or if he would have been a top pick. The only thing we know for sure was that he shined in Paul Johnsons offense. The guy was an average 3 star recruit coming out of high school and ended up a 1st round NFL draft pick. Im sure he is ok with how things turned out.

S Hill Supporter

February 26th, 2012
2:30 pm

Tech supporters sounds bitter……Stephen is a great athlete and person and deserves the best and GA Tech slept on him….Wake up and dump that non throwing offense. UGA would have been a great fit but hes moved on to the next level…MGHS Alumni we are proud of you!!!

Ignition

February 26th, 2012
2:33 pm

While I do fill WnE is a clown, I agree with him that CPJ did not utilize him to his full potential.. No short or intermediate passing, no wide receiver screens, and limited passing to 7 attempts in some games is Horrible.. No Excuses..

Jacket Man

February 26th, 2012
2:36 pm

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:37 pm

re:
Sorry GT Bob
if Thomas had played in a different SYSTEM in college then he would have gone MUCH higher than #22.

Thomas may have been a complete nobody in a different system. You have no idea how well he would have done or if he would have been a top pick. The only thing we know for sure was that he shined in Paul Johnsons offense. The guy was an average 3 star recruit coming out of high school and ended up a 1st round NFL draft pick. Im sure he is ok with how things turned out.
________________

You’re flat out WRONG!

6-3 235lbs. and running a 4.38 Forty will get you on the field in ANY SYSTEM in college even at L$U & Bama with all their 4* & 5* Recruits.

Bay-Bay would have played anywhere he signed, he just happened to develop 1-yr. later than most Elite Recruits that are 4* or 5* coming out of HS, but he was still a 3* guy that was Recruited by Auburn & Clemson.

S Hill Supporter

February 26th, 2012
2:37 pm

All around Athlete that broke the long jump record in state and won a ring in MGHS basketball state championship….phenomenal Athlete!! If you didn’t know him prior to Tech youve missed a treat!!

Jacket Man

February 26th, 2012
2:37 pm

Check the header of the video…

Jacket Man

February 26th, 2012
2:39 pm

On the NFL Network from Mike Mayock on the Receivers; Stephen Hill is shown under the 1st Round Video.

WnE

February 26th, 2012
2:40 pm

It seems as if the people that know Hill from back in his Community & from his old HS agree with ME that CPJ’s Offense has hurt him and he wasn’t used properly in College, and in unison they are all glad that he left GT early.

Yet the CPJ “Kool-aid drinkers” continue to defend that crappy out-dated Offense!

Jacket Man

February 26th, 2012
2:40 pm

Where he breaks down Firet Round Receivers…