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