Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill has been busy

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)

Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill has been keeping some pretty good NFL company.

To get ready for his sessions with NFL teams, he’s been working out with Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi over at Georgia Tech.  

On Tuesday he was in New York and went on NFLSiriusXM radio. Hill  said he has visited the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings. There’s a report that he also visited Baltimore.

 Chad Reuter of the NFL Network has Hill going to San Franciso with the 30th pick of the first round in his Mock Draft.

Our bud Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has Hill going 31st to New England.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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GT Fan

April 11th, 2012
3:30 pm

Remember when all the DWAGS fans on this blog said Hill was going to be a bust?

Very exciting to see him handling himself so well in the pre-draft process. Can’t wait to see him in the league next year.

RJ

April 11th, 2012
3:53 pm

I wish Hill the best, but I don’t think there’s been a prospect since Jamarcus Russell more destined to bust than Hill. I’m sorry, but a receiver that drops as many passes as Hill is nowhere near a first round player. In the third, go right ahead, but in the first? Child please!

Tech fans, how quickly we forget that we used to cringe whenever Nesbitt or Washington threw passes in Hill’s direction.

George Stein

April 11th, 2012
3:59 pm

Aaron Maybin’s on line one, RJ.

steverino

April 11th, 2012
4:01 pm

Guess what? Hill will make it in the NFL and drop the occasional pass there, too. What does dropping a lot of passes have to do with anything prospect wise? Catching a football is not something that comes naturally to ANYONE. Like RB’s who seldom fumble. Generally you will find that guys who are good at hanging on to the ball are the ones who, at one time, were easy to separate from the pigskin. Only lots of extra reps (and hard work) took care of the problem.

If Hill puts forth the effort, the fact that he dropped passes at GT will, in the long run, mean zilch.

UGADawg91

April 11th, 2012
4:22 pm

Tons of talent but I don’t think I would take this guy in round 1. Wish him all the best in the league. Congratulations to him for being in this position. Hope he succeeds.

Jacket Man

April 11th, 2012
4:23 pm

RJ – If you had watched Stephen’s passing drills at the Combine or Pro Day like the Scouts and GM’s who will be drafting in a couple of weeks, you would have seen a player who caught virtually every pass thrown his way, even making circus catches (diving in his shorts making the catch and outrunning badly overthrown passes and catching them with his hands directly over his head). In comparison to all of the other receivers at the Combine, no one came close to showing the catching ability of Stephen, even Blackmon, who is going to be a top 10 pick.

Stephen has been working out, on his own, with former Atlanta Falcon All-Pro Wide Receiver Terrence Mathis on his route trees, etc., and every scout and evaluator has said Stephen has shown he can run every pro route well, and obviously is willing, and able, to learn quickly pro sets.

Does this mean he’s a lock for a 1st round selection? Everyone knows football GM’s are just like attorneys; you can tell they’re lying when their lips are moving; in other words, take everything they say with a grain of salt.

However, I’ve seen multiple mock drafts and Stephen has been selected as early as Jacksonville, and then by other teams such as Cleveland, Chicago, Philidelphia, Denver, Houston, San Fransisco, New England, and Baltimore. In other words, no one has a clue what’s going to happen until draft day because teams typically make selections based on whose left on the board and whether they are guys they’ve ranked by priority. Also trades may factor in at the last second…

GT1984

April 11th, 2012
4:43 pm

Though I wish Hill had done a little more while at Tech, I have to admire how the young man put faith in himself, ignored the nay sayers and elevated himself to a late first round draft pick. But what I like the most about the entire story is how Hill used his rising stock to lure NFL scouts to the campus and then shared his time with his teammates who might not otherwise been evaluated by NFL scouts. That was very cool.

GoldJacket

April 11th, 2012
4:47 pm

Good luck, Stephen! I think you’re headed to Houston

TechFanForever

April 11th, 2012
5:05 pm

CPJ was correct… If you are good, the Pros will find you.

BLT

April 11th, 2012
5:09 pm

Good luck Stephen! Glad to hear former Tech and UGA NFL stars are working with you.

Vampire Bill

April 11th, 2012
5:28 pm

Hey, I’m a DAWGS fan and I enjoy bashing GT but I wish nothing but the best for Stephen. Good luck in the pros.

SansWorld

April 11th, 2012
5:33 pm

“Remember when all the DWAGS fans on this blog said Hill was going to be a bust?”

I recall a lot of Tech Fans saying the same thing. Maybe more Tech fans than Dawgs.

Best wishes to him. I am hoping the remaining receivers do well. Particularly at the beginning of last season, Hill seamed to be the only target TW was confident to through to. Maybe WAshington will develop and spread it around more this year.

Tech Fan Since 1950

April 11th, 2012
6:35 pm

Ah, looks like the old “high school offense” at Georgia Tech is turning out two NFL Number 1 draft choices within three years. Let’s see now, including that fellow, what’s his name? Oh yea, Megatron! I mean Calvin Johnson. So including that fellow there will be three Tech number one wide receiver draft choices in the NFL within just a few years. There is a “rich” history and tradition at Georgia Tech. What a heritage! Go Jackets!

Firsttimer

April 11th, 2012
6:47 pm

Ga. Tech produces engineers; not football players. Stephen who?

Paul in NH

April 11th, 2012
6:51 pm

What the heck is Mo Mass doing at GT? He’s from Charlotte.

5150 UOAD

April 11th, 2012
6:53 pm

Mo Mass liked the Practice facilities and the Other guy were better players causing him to improve.

steverino

April 11th, 2012
7:14 pm

Opposing coaches will try to use GT’s offense against them when it comes to recruiting WR’s. “Hope you enjoy BLOCKING” is one mantra that fans from other teams like to throw around. I’ll only say this once, (not that I should have to say it at all, especially to people who claim to know anything about football): the ability to block downfield is IMPERATIVE for an NFL receiver. No way around it.

Tokyo jacket

April 11th, 2012
7:26 pm

Engineers and Wide Receivers, that’s what Georgia Tech does!

Tokyo jacket

April 11th, 2012
7:28 pm

if you go to espn.go.com/nfl you can see a great picture of Stephen Hill…right next to the other first round picks.

Tech Who??

April 11th, 2012
9:23 pm

With all of this so called talent at GTech, why does Tech not produce on the field? You Techies cannot have it both ways. Ten of 11 with more beatings to come from BIG BROTHER in late November. Jay Finch, Mr. Cheap Shot, had better have his head on a swivel.

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gt45

April 12th, 2012
9:24 am

Let’s not forget that the kid is one helt of a blocker. You don’t think NFL teams don’t know this? It is no coincidence that Bey Bey and this kid are first rounders. These were kids other programs, including the forever “next year national champions” Georgia Bulldogs, passed on.

crackbaby

April 12th, 2012
9:36 am

@RJ

You are entitled to your opinion…. However, most of us know now to ignore it.

Stephen Hill has none of the character weaknesses of JR. Most importantly, Hill is not stupid. I look forward to watching him on Sundays.

Carpe diem, Stephen!

GT Rich

April 12th, 2012
9:46 am

Didn’t Belichik stop by Tech’s practice last fall to see CPJ when the Patriots scrimmaged with the Falcons? It’s been stated before the CPJ is friends with Belichik (and Falcons’ Mike Smith). Perhaps that’s where the Patriots first got Hill on their radar…

deuce coupe

April 12th, 2012
2:25 pm

Just catch the ball like Calvin
and Hill has it made.

deuce coupe

April 12th, 2012
2:27 pm

Thanks for helping get that 11-3 GT season,
Bay Bay.

1 4 GT

April 13th, 2012
7:07 pm

All you naysayers can go have a naysayers intercourse with each other. That’s about all you’re good for. Stephen Hill has earned his place in the sun, and I don’t expect him to turn loose of it. Good luck on draft day and I hope you have already been talking to a good lawyer and financial adviser. Spend wisely, have some fun, do some good, but above all else, be smart!!