Hill has strong showing at Georgia Tech’s Pro Day


Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill had a strong showing at Georgia Tech’s Pro Day on Tuesday.

He caught all 12 passes thrown to him by former Richmond quarterback Eric Ward, who had a brief stint with the Falcons.

“I think he’ll carve his own path,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said when asked to compare Hill to Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas. “They both are very talented and different. I think both will be very successful.”

Some contend that Tech’s offense is not wide receiver-friendly for pro prospects.

“If you’re a good player, they are going to find you,” Johnson said.

Johnson wanted Hill to stay in school, but now he’s a projected high draft pick.

“I don’t think he’s surprised me physically at all,” Johnson said. “I knew that he was a physical talent. I think where he’s really made the most progress within the last year and half is his maturity. There are a lot of things that go into it.

“Another year would have helped. He would have been closer to graduation, but it looks like he’s made the right decision. It looks like it’s going to work for him. I’m extremely happy for him and his family that it has worked out the way that it has.”

Here are some of the other highlights:

LUCAS COX
*26 bench press reps (225 pounds).
*4.83 40-yard dash

RODDY JONES
*14 bench press reps
*4.53 40-yard dash

TYLER MELTON
*4.59 40-yard dash
*16 bench press reps

JASON PETERS
*4.83 40-yard dash
*28 bench press reps

RASHAAD REID
*4.56 40-yard dash
*11 3/4 bench press reps

STEVEN SYLVESTER
*4.75 40-yard dash
*23 bench press reps

LOGAN WALLS
*5.35 40-yard dash
*24 bench press reps

EMBRY PEEPLES
*4.50 40-yard dash
*14 bench press reps

NFL TEAMS PRESENT: We didn’t have an official count, but it looked like 31 of the 32 teams were present. San Francisco appeared to be the only team not present. Here are the teams that were certainly on hand: Falcons, Saints, Raiders, Eagles, Bills, Bears, Bengals, Browns, Cardinals, Rams, Panthers, Vikings, Colts, Dolphins, Titans, Broncos, Lions, and Texans.

39 comments Add your comment

GTFan86

March 6th, 2012
3:00 pm

Congrats to Hill for making huge improvements and likely getting himself into the 1st rd! Hard work pays off!

Glenn

March 6th, 2012
3:16 pm

Mayock: Drops won’t hurt WR Hill
by Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com

WR Stephen Hill’s bad drops in 2011 shouldn’t hurt him in the draft, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “I counted five or six drops among 28 catches,” he said. “But when you watch him catch the ball, he’s a natural hands catcher so I think it’s more concentration and discipline than anything else.”

2 hours ago RapidReports

Hill projected as a late first-rounder
by Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com

WR Stephen Hill is projected as a late first-round pick, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said at Tech’s pro day. “He’s a little bit raw but as intriguing as can be,” Mayock said. “He’s just kind of overwhelming from a height-weight-speed and upside perspective. I think he runs too well and catches too well to get out of the first.”

2 hours ago RapidReports
WR Hill shines at pro day
by Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com

WR Stephen Hill caught all 12 passes thrown to him at Tech’s pro day, including a fingertip-grab off the turf. He did not run the 40-yard dash because he already clocked 4.36 at the NFL combine. “What everyone wants to see is him getting in and out of breaks, which he does really well for a big guy,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said.

2 hours ago RapidReports

billyho55

March 6th, 2012
3:20 pm

FIRST?

With Hill’s size and speed he will be a hot commodity. If someone can get the most out of him and he can keep his head on straight he will be a very nice receiver for someone.

thouhtful

March 6th, 2012
3:35 pm

Come to GT, go PRO.

DoakBoyGT

March 6th, 2012
3:44 pm

Why was Lucas Cox working out? Wasn’t he in camp with the Falcons last season?

waynester

March 6th, 2012
3:52 pm

GT
different guy.

Burdell

March 6th, 2012
3:57 pm

Mike Cox (Lucas’ older brother…FB under Gailey) played with Falcons this season after being let go by the Chiefs.

Interesting that Lucas out-benched our starting NT…interesting…not surprising.

Good luck to all these young men in whatever they choose as a career…thanks for your contribution to the Georgia Tech family.

GO JACKETS!!

dawgfan

March 6th, 2012
4:05 pm

Only one guy even worth talking about. That sounds about right.

FalconFan

March 6th, 2012
4:18 pm

Actually Lucas Cox started out of the Falcons practice squad last year but got cut. I find it interesting that he was at the Pro Day again this year.

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BigTimeTECHFan

March 6th, 2012
4:34 pm

JASON PETERS
*4.83 40-yard dash
*28 bench press reps

That’s pretty good combo of speed and strength

#1 ranked Q Couples was 4.78 with 25 reps
Ingram was 4.79 and 28

so Peters measures with the top of the class.

Where are all those people who said I was crazy when I said S hill would blow up the combine and move up to 1st round when he announced he was going pro.

Jacket FB Fan

March 6th, 2012
4:44 pm

Wish Clyde Yandell could have participated

Jacket FB Fan

March 6th, 2012
4:47 pm

But he is from Georgia State

Joshua Barlowe

March 6th, 2012
4:50 pm

Jason Peters should get drafted. He’s a good player with good skill. He would’ve been a very good 4-3 defensive end at Tech, he has been hurt tremendously by the move to the 3-4. 4* DE who turned down LSU to come to Tech. Talented.

Jacket FB Fan

March 6th, 2012
4:50 pm

A Yellow Jacket Graduate too!

Vengence belongs to the vengeful!

BiggDawgK

March 6th, 2012
4:52 pm

The guy has dropitis. He will be a huge bust in the nfl.

WnE

March 6th, 2012
4:54 pm

re:
JASON PETERS
*4.83 40-yard dash
*28 bench press reps

That’s pretty good combo of speed and strength

#1 ranked Q Couples was 4.78 with 25 reps
Ingram was 4.79 and 28

so Peters measures with the top of the class.

Where are all those people who said I was crazy when I said S hill would blow up the combine and move up to 1st round when he announced he was going pro.
___________

Good observation, now could you please explain WHY CAG wasn’t able to get more out of Peters in comparison to those guys you listed above?

Peters never looked dominant at GT even when he was in a 4-3 Def., pop in some film on those other guys and they kind of jump off the screen at you, not so much with Peters.

It seems like more & more GT athletes have comparable Athleticism to SEC & Big-12 stars, but playing for GT they don’t seem to play that way in games.

After all the ACC puts the 2nd most guys in the NFL behind the SEC, but our on-field results are nowhere close to what the SEC does.

Glenn

March 6th, 2012
5:00 pm

In Atlanta, Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill is again drawing rave reviews.
Hill stood on his stellar combine marks, but tipped the scale at a solid 209 pounds during the Georgia Tech workout, six less than his combine weigh-in. Once again Hill was flawless during pass-catching drills, running clean routes and doing an exceptional job catching the ball. The buzz continues to build around Hill, as several NFL decision-makers, as well as directors of college scouting for teams around the league, openly stated this morning that he ranks as a first-round choice and should be off the board by pick 25. Posted today on SI.com.

JP

March 6th, 2012
5:08 pm

None of the RBs or DBs ran good 40’s. That’s probably why the team fell off at the end of the season. Hope there are some fastest guys waiting in the fold.

WhereSmartKidsPlay

March 6th, 2012
5:08 pm

Wide Receiver U… We keep on pumping out 1st rounders.
This should help PJ recruit more 6-4/4.40 WRs

JP

March 6th, 2012
5:08 pm

I meant faster…

falcons relax

March 6th, 2012
5:44 pm

Hill will go end of first round or beginning of 2nd. Think Belichick couldn’t coach that talent? Its simple as that, the kid as talent. You can’t teach 6′4″ 4.36 but you can coach discipline and better technique. Thats all he needs. Hes just raw based on the system he was in but that guy is a beast physically and to think this guy was a 6th round draft pick

hbcuclassics

March 6th, 2012
5:46 pm

HBCU Classic Sports
Top 10 WR

1. Mario Louis, Grambling – 6′1, game-breaking acrobat, SWAC Champ
2. Willie Carter, Howard – 6′3 go-to guy led resurgent Bison.
3. Nick Andrews, Alabama State- 5′9 plays 6′3, all-time ASU receiver
4. LaQuinton Evans, Southern – 4.3/40 w good size, Rico Lockett w hands
5. Derrick Hector, Morehouse- 6′5, WR put Morehouse on map
6. Marcellos Wilder, Jackson State – 6′1, 3yr starter, just makes plays
7. Wallace Miles, NC A&T- 6′3 walk-on left NC A&T career leader
8. Raphael Amey, Kentucky State – best KSU player since Joe “Tarzan” Kendall
9. Joseph Jean-Pierre, Virginia Union – shifty WR/PR, think Mark Duper
10. Victor Hairston, Norfolk State – RB turned WR, good YAC, tough guy

http://www.hbcuclassics.com

John

March 6th, 2012
5:51 pm

Roddy’s 4.53 is not awful for a RB, none of them ran faster than 4.4-something at the combine. It will be interesting, to see where he lands. If his skill at run-blocking can translate to pass-blocking, it would make him a prototypical 3rd-down back in the mold of a Kevin Faulk type player. He has decent hands and is very quick between the tackles, so he has some potential.

IL Jacket

March 6th, 2012
5:56 pm

BTTF, I got to hand it to you. You had Stephen Hill nailed. Good to see the young man having so much success. i just hope he gets in a good situation, like Calvin and Demaryius.

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Stumpknocker

March 6th, 2012
9:16 pm

S. Hill is doing quite well at combine……by the same token, O Charles(all world tight end) stock is falling fast……Just love it when Dwag homers preach that $h1t about a high school offense that can’t produce good wide receivers ……….Keep preaching boys, it looks good on your face.

WnE contradicts himself (yet again)...

March 7th, 2012
12:20 am

WnE

March 6th, 2012
4:54 pm
It seems like more & more GT athletes have comparable Athleticism to SEC & Big-12 stars, but playing for GT they don’t seem to play that way in games.
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Is this a posting from the ame guy who claims that CPJ is the worst recruiter in the world and can’t recruit any good players???

Come on D

March 7th, 2012
12:39 am

Did lucas cox work out? Or are you confusing the Falcons fullback with Prestonian the Babylonian Lyons?

5150 UOAD

March 7th, 2012
3:29 am

There are 3 COX brothers Mike BULL Cox now plays with the Falcons. Luke graduated in 2010 so not sure how he got a work out.

BUZZard

March 7th, 2012
8:27 am

If Hill would have gone to Arkansas or Oklahoma he would be a top 5 pick, but playing at GT only caused him to have to prove himself in the combine and Pro Day.
It is hard to get better in college when your team’s QB can’t get you the ball.

Sid

March 7th, 2012
8:40 am

This is gonna be fun…………….where will Peyton go? The Colts had no choice………..it’s “bizness”. They better hope Luck is the stud as advertised………..QB flops aren’t new.

Old Gold Britches

March 7th, 2012
8:49 am

Good luck to all these guys. Keep working hard. Pretty impressive numbers Peters put up.

Stumpknocker

March 7th, 2012
10:01 am

The one thing that sets GT receivers apart from many others is their blocking ability. Quite a few of the big name receivers possess no blocking skills ……………case in point would be AJ Green who isn’t worth a flip in run support……….If you think the pros don’t look at that, you would be wrong……..There’s a world of difference between getting in the way of a “would be tackler” and actually blocking one.

@stumpknocker

March 7th, 2012
10:35 am

NFL teams want WR that can catch and run after the catch, if you think for a second they would take a good blocking WR over an elite WR that makes plays you are sadly mistaken. Orson Charles is still listed as the #1 TE in the draft by ESPN. AJ Greene was All pro as a rookie, Mo Mass was taken in the 2nd round. Kris Durham was taken in the 4th round of the draft.Do you think the bengals are going to trade AJ and to move up in the draft to select Hill because he supposedly is a better blocker? Hill has impressed in the combines and has improved more over the last 3 months than he did at tech in 3 years. But lets see what Hill does when the lights are on. Staying in the PJ offense for another year wouldn’t have improved his stock one bit, if I am a tech fan i would be wondering why the tech coaches couldn’t get this S Hill to show up in games, he only had 380 yards receiving over the last 9 games in 2011.

Burdell

March 7th, 2012
11:45 am

Chan Gailey couldn’t even get CJ involved in games…that 6-3 abomination of an ACC championship game is a perfect example….no catches against WF.

@burdell

March 7th, 2012
1:19 pm

Burdell, nine players from that Wake team went on to play in the NFL. Calvin had 8 receptions for 117 and they tried running him 2 times in that championship games , where do you get no catches.

Jimmy Crack

March 7th, 2012
1:45 pm

I’m a little surprised the 49ers were not there. They had WR issues last season, even releasing a big name guy, and I thought they would be very interested in Hill if he was still around at the bottom of the 1st Round. Maybe the 49ers are sure some WR-needy teams ahead of them (Houston? Jacksonville?) will take Hill and Floyd after Blackmon gets snatched early and they are setting their sights on #4 Alshon Jeffery or #5 Kendall Wright. If San Fran is right, Floyd and Hill will probably be the #7 & # 27 picks overall, IMO.

technofalconeer

March 7th, 2012
7:40 pm

apparently luke cox was allowed by PJ to utilize GT proday again since he was cut by the falcons–bigger and just as fast, stronger than last year–trying to make a team–go luke-hope you can do it! also-go roddy-he has been one of my favorites for 3 yrs