Uzzi, Hill request NFL draft evaluation

Guard Omoregie Uzzi and wide receiver Stephen Hill both submitted paperwork to be evaluated by the NFL draft advisory board. The board, made up of NFL scouts and officials, gives players with remaining college eligibility an appraisal of their draft standing. The decision does not require them to forego their final year of eligibility. A-back Orwin Smith and cornerback Rod Sweeting did not and said they will return for their senior seasons. Uzzi and Hill also intend to return but left open the possibility of entering the draft.

If he were told he had a first-round standing, “I’d definitely look into it,” Uzzi said.

Hill said he submitted his name out of curiosity “and then just wanted to make sure of where I was and what I need to work on, things like that.”

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GoJackets

December 19th, 2011
3:21 pm

Doesn’t take a pro scout to know what Hill needs to work on…….

Try CATCHING the football.

Kent

December 19th, 2011
3:35 pm

I don’t think Uzzi is a first-rounder just yet, maybe 3rd, so that should keep him around. Stephen Hill would be lucky to be considered for drafting, as he tries to use half the talent Anthony Allen used (I realize not the same position, but still) and he ended up a very late pick.

Ramblin Man

December 19th, 2011
3:45 pm

I don’t see Uzzi as a first, round probably late second to third, but who knows as I have no idea who else is coming out. Hill would have a shot at a team but needs to show he can be more consistent. For every great catch he makes he drops one too. Never hurts to see what the scouts think though and both could only help themselves with one more year.

Old Dawg

December 19th, 2011
3:54 pm

one more year.. get your degree

BigTimeTechFan

December 19th, 2011
4:00 pm

Uzzi just got his degree

Destin Dawg

December 19th, 2011
4:00 pm

WR’s at GT don’t get much of a chance to showcase their skills.. because they have to block 1st.. catch 2nd.. so its really bad in Hill’s case where he has alot of drops ?

BW

December 19th, 2011
4:05 pm

Destin Dawg

Kinda like Demaryius Thomas didn’t have a chance to parlay playing at GT into a first round selection right?

Techman78

December 19th, 2011
4:08 pm

Hill is definetely not ready. Too inconsistent, although he has all the tools. Uzzi has the potential now, sure would hate to see him skip out on his senior season though, he is a rock on our O-line.

wrecked

December 19th, 2011
4:15 pm

Uzzi is good as gone, Hill will not get drafted if he stays or goes.@BW has PJ ever recruited a receiver like D Thomas?

DesignerJacket

December 19th, 2011
4:17 pm

I think Stephen Hill will almost certainly have to come back if he wants to become the next GT first-round draft pick receiver. What he has going for him now is great blocking, size and speed. He really helped himself by adding about 15 pounds of muscle last summer, and all season he has blocked very well. What he needs to show off is reeling in a slightly higher percentage of passes that are thrown his way. Nothing he can do about the squirly balls he used to get thrown to him, but Tevin has been better getting passes placed well for the deep routes to Hill this season. Those passes that go right through his hands are the ones he would likely need to answer for in an evaluation. I think he’ll be back to show that he can add better hands to his portfolio. If he can do it he certainly has all the other tools to be a very desirable receiver in the draft. BayBay’s worth to the Denver Broncos should help the draft analysts and team scouts understand that CPJ’s option receivers can do just fine in the league, but working on those hands are going to be everything for Hill.

GT Fan

December 19th, 2011
4:29 pm

What a JOKE. Hill claims he wants to know what the NFL needs him to improve on?…Huh…?

How about catching the ball. Son, NFL coaches will have no part of you dropping catchable balls!!!

Let's Get Wrecked

December 19th, 2011
4:30 pm

When you compare Hill to say a freshman like Sammie Watkins from Clemson, there is no comparison…

Pump it Up

December 19th, 2011
4:32 pm

Hill had 1 impressive catch this year. One. My 10 year old son made a free-throw this year blind folded. One…

NorthAvenueRules

December 19th, 2011
4:34 pm

NFL scouts just need to watch all the GT games this year and last to inform Hill he is dropping balls because he is a head case. CPJ knows this is true…

NorthAvenueRules

December 19th, 2011
4:38 pm

I believe Hill made a public apology to GT fans and alumni last year for dropping all those balls.

That’s not NFL talent my friend!

JacketRealist

December 19th, 2011
4:41 pm

Unfortunately, I don’t think Hill is an NFL prospect under any circumstance. There are alot better receivers out there than Hill. Bey Bey has done zero at Denver! However, Calvin is a beast! Hill will be back if he doesn’t quit knowing he will not be in the NFL any time soon.

DawginLex

December 19th, 2011
4:43 pm

Orwin smith has the look of an NFL player.

These other 2 probably need another year of college

T Bone

December 19th, 2011
4:45 pm

Hill needs to learn to catch the freakin’ ball on a consistent basis first!

5150 UOAD

December 19th, 2011
4:54 pm

UZZI may have to go to the NFL if Tech does him like they did a few linemen a few years ago. A couple players went to Ga State for playing and grad School. If he can’t get in a Graduate Degree Program he might have to go NFL or transfer to another school right?

gt45

December 19th, 2011
5:10 pm

JR, I think you need to look at what Bey Bey has done the last few weeks! He’s finally getting well. Uzzie would hurt! I would like to see this line stay together one more year. I think Hill knows he isn’t NFL material, yet. I’m glad Rod and The Big O are sticking. It will only raise their stock.

DesignerJacket

December 19th, 2011
5:16 pm

5150, that’s a decent point. Unfortunately Tech’s MBA program was probably a terrible choice for those two linemen to try and get accepted to if they didn’t have great grades as undergraduates. That was a year when our College of Management was really mashing the gas to climb the rankings. Currently it’s still very hard to get into our MBA program right out of undergrad anyway (since the going trend is to have 1-3 years of solid work experience before even applying), and if you were to try you’d need to be top of your class. Do you think those linemen were the top of their class in GT’s undergraduate Management program? I’m just being realistic. Some of Tech’s other masters programs (like in the college of Literature and Communications or over in the Econ program) might’ve been a better idea for those two players to try instead of shooting for the moon on an MBA, in my opinion. That’s not to say some GT players haven’t gotten in before. I believe Roddy Jones is graduating with an MBA soon, actually. But it’s a tough path to try and walk down to not only get accepted to that after playing a sport as an undergrad but then you have to play and do MBA work. Those guys had to kind of know it was a long shot when they tried it. But GSU benefited from it, and Tech got to put more CPJ O-linemen in as starters who are coming along alright.

JacketRealist

December 19th, 2011
5:24 pm

Designer Jacket an MBA is not a difficult curriculum. If these guys can’t get into the MBA program they must be just plain stupid.

Trey

December 19th, 2011
5:25 pm

Ask Claytor how he likes being in the NFL….

5150 UOAD

December 19th, 2011
5:29 pm

Trey I bet he likes it about as much as KING.

gtfanforlife

December 19th, 2011
5:39 pm

Hill needs an evaluation – well here it is – stay in school and see if you can learn to catch the ball. Enter the draft now and lose it all – might want to check out the guys who made the jump early from last year. No one would draft him now – NO ONE!

dekalb fan

December 19th, 2011
5:48 pm

Stephen Hill: Led the nation in YPC in a run first offense. Bey Bey is on the active roster of the Broncos of course and Kevin Cone (that’s right Kevin Cone)made the Falcons practice squad. Hill has size, speed, jumping ability and has shown he can catch the football. Every WR has drops. Anyone who watched him from last year to this year should have seen the remarkable improvement. Remember when Bey Bey left everyone said he was inconsistent, he only stood out because he was always against one on one coverage and he wouldn’t make it because he dropped that pass against UGA………..

Ga Tech Old Timer

December 19th, 2011
5:54 pm

Destin Dawg – “WR’s at GT don’t get much of a chance to showcase their skills.. because they have to block 1st.. catch 2nd.. so its really bad in Hill’s case where he has alot of drops ?”

Hell yes it’s really bad!! Are you telling me that WR’s don’t block in schemes on other college teams or at any time in the pros? Why should it matter which comes first – blocking or receiving. If you can’t do either one well in college – what make you think he can do either in the pros?

Kind of tired of the contrived excuse / reason Tech players don’t do well in college is because of the schemes we run. If you’re an athlete worth anything – you can play within any system – and do it extremely well. Some things are just basic such as blocking – tackeling – and catching the ball if you’re a WR. The first thing you’ve got to have is the heart and desire to play every down to the best of your ability – not show up when it’s convienient for you to make a play.

Hill Fan

December 19th, 2011
5:58 pm

These people are going to make me take my ear rings off. How quickly we forget the catches and touch downs. If your minds are that narrow maybe you should be doing your watching at UGA. We do not need you at Tech. We are about making improvements in growth personal and professional. Hands off the Hill or watch my fangs come out.

Dawg48

December 19th, 2011
6:34 pm

Hill would fit in at Denver.

RambleOn84

December 19th, 2011
6:41 pm

Hill absolutely does have NFL talent. He needs to work on his focus. He dropped too many easy ones (when he wasn’t focused), yet made a few outstanding catches (when the difficult circumstances forced him to focus).

Uzzi may be gone…if so, then I wish him the best. He’s been very good for us. I want him to come back, but I understand that if the money’s there, you gotta take it while you can.

RambleOn84

December 19th, 2011
6:43 pm

Thank you, “dekalb fan.”

I love all the fake Tech fans on here…good to know the nation’s stupidity rate is skyrocketing along with the unemployment rate.

BROWNS FAN IN GEORGIA

December 19th, 2011
7:20 pm

Free Safety #1 Isaiah Johnson should try to his hand at the NFL Draft Evaluation. He has the size 6-2 205, speed 4.35, hands, cover skills, attitude, football knowledge and grades. He led the team in interceptions, fumbles, second in tackles and second in assist. If he was my son, nephew or former player/student, I would push him to do see his worth$$$.

gt4ever

December 19th, 2011
7:28 pm

Hill is the real deal… Not so sure about Uzzi… maybe a late rounder…

WnE

December 19th, 2011
7:45 pm

Unless OGs are can’t miss studs rarely do they go in the 1st Round, the best OGs usually go in the 2nd round unless an NFL Team has a very poor O-lIne and multiple picks in the 1st & 2nd round, then they might take an OG in the 1st round.

The MAIN REASON Uzzi should go is simple:

He won’t get an HIGHER DRAFT GRADE by coming back to play in Coach Kung Fu Panda’s gimmicky triple-SLOPtion offense (M. Bradley is nice & calls it a stylized offense).

The only way Uzzi is going to get better FILM for NFL Scouts is to play in a Pro-Style Offense where he can show pass blocking skills, and zone blocking skills on running plays instead of diving at D-Linemen’s kneecaps for 70 snaps a game.

1 more year with CPJ won’t do anything for Uzzi’s Draft prospects, and CPJ ain’t changing the offense, so you either have a 1st yr. starter at QB in Vad Lee or a noodle-armed QB in Tevin Washington, and in both of those instances GT WON’T be passing 35 time per game.

Uzzi might as well go to the NFL since he he already has his B.Sci. Degree and since one more year in GT’s offense won’t improve his draft stock one iota.

I hope the young man gets some sound advice and does some research on how the NFL really evaluates players.

If he’s 3rd to 4th round guy this year, then he gets one “extra year of NFL paychecks” AND he’s one yr. closer to being an NFL Free Agent if he’s good enough to get that far.

That Mr. Uzzi is what you call SOUND “FB logic” and you’d be a lot better off if you paid close attention to my advice.

You are welcome Mr. Uzzi!

where is st. simmons??

December 19th, 2011
8:00 pm

5150 UOAD

December 19th, 2011
8:17 pm

St. Simons is on the Coast of Georgia. If you don’t know where it is then you’re too poor to be allowed to visit.

General Wood

December 19th, 2011
8:26 pm

st. simmons? Is that cheap brand of scotch?

Biff Pocoroba

December 19th, 2011
8:51 pm

Hill’s stock keeps dropping just like most of the passes thrown to him

JACKETfan12

December 19th, 2011
8:53 pm

Hill doesn’t just need to become more consistent, he needs to work on catching fundamentals. Too many times I have seem him try to catch a ball against his chest. Even the jump/lob balls. He needs to learn to catch the ball with his two hands AWAY from his body, because thats when he starts bobbling passes is when he tries to “chest” them. And also just focusing more because he shows flashes of greatness and other times looks like he is still a freshman.

Dawg4Life

December 19th, 2011
8:56 pm

Go Dawgs Sic ‘Em! WOOF! WOOF!! WOOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JACKETfan12

December 19th, 2011
8:58 pm

Dekalb fan:

I do not remember people saying DThomas was inconsistent when he left? Even if some did, Hill is nowhere near the level that Thomas was at when he left. Thomas has 20 pounds on Hill (while also being 2″ shorter) and made far more sound catches than Hill does. Hill looks like a high school receiver at times when he makes a catch because he catches them against his chest. Thomas would attack the ball in the air like CJ does.

General Wood

December 19th, 2011
9:00 pm

Wrecky and Effecty, get over yourself! They just want to see where they stand. Is that OK? Don’t you lambast and degrade everything Georgia Tech while posing as a fan of the Georgia Institute of Technology? It’s impossible to take you serious because you are a bulldog fan. Just admit it and stop posting your smear against Tech. FYI- I heard IC is good to go and has returned to his place of glory in the yet unwritten history of UGA football lore. There’s plenty for you to ponder so please take a powder, smell some fragrance, choose a dress (or dress shirt) with matching bag (Headley Lamar)and go to the mall. Hopefully the greater Cincinnati area is metro sexual enough for you and headley. Go DAWGS?

JACKETfan12

December 19th, 2011
9:02 pm

Every receiver DOES make drops and I understand that Hill has made more catches than he did last year and has improved his focus, I’m just not convinced he has the NFL-worthy hands that Bebe and CJ did while at tech. They both attacked the ball while still far above any DB’s reach. Hill catches every single ball with his chest (besides that one-hander against UNC which is a catch im not sure bebe would have even made.?). Point is: every time Hill makes a catch, even jumpballs, he tries to catch it with his chest which is not going to cut it in the NFL.

George Stein

December 19th, 2011
9:25 pm

Pass blocking skills wouldn’t move Uzzi up in the draft, WnE. Interior linemen are judged almost entirely in their run blocking skills as they are not likely to face top pass rushers lining up at DT. Thus, Uzzi playing in the “triple sloption” probably enhances his draft value.

That’s what you call sound football logic. You’re welcome.

WnE

December 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

re:
JACKETfan12
December 19th, 2011
9:02 pm

Every receiver DOES make drops and I understand that Hill has made more catches than he did last year and has improved his focus, I’m just not convinced he has the NFL-worthy hands that Bebe and CJ did while at tech. They both attacked the ball while still far above any DB’s reach. Hill catches every single ball with his chest (besides that one-hander against UNC which is a catch im not sure bebe would have even made.?). Point is: every time Hill makes a catch, even jumpballs, he tries to catch it with his chest which is not going to cut it in the NFL.

____________________

Great post!

I agree with everything you wrote in that passage above.

I do have couple of questions.

IF S. Hill has been getting COACHING from a person that the GT fanbase has called an “offensive genius”, then HOW can S. Hill have such poor fundamentals after 3 yrs. of said COACHING from said OFFENSIVE GENIUS?

When Spurrier’s players make mistakes he constantly places the blame on himself and says, “I need to coach ‘em up a little better”, yet you never hear that from CPJ.

After 3 YEARS OF COLLEGE LEVEL COACHING from an OFFENSIVE GENIUS don’t you find it odd that S. Hill has such poor WR fundamentals?

Do you think that part ofthe REASON is that all the OFFENSIVE GENIUS cares about is seeing his WRs dive at somebody’s kneecaps rather than worrying about precise route-running, catching fundamentals, reading defenses and other things that “polish up” a BCS-Level WR.

As much as GT fans don’t want to read this next statement it is true, CMR is a better HC than CPJ AND he has a better Staff than CPJ, if CMR/CMBobo and the rest of their Offensive Staff can turn a doofus like Kris Durham into a 4th round NFL Draft pikc imagine what they could have done had S. Hill gone there.

I’m willing to bet good money that S.Hill’s Dad is pizzed that he & his son feel for CPJ’s Recruiting spiel when they chose GT over muttville, I think had S.Hill gone to muttville and got better COACHING he’d be a much different CFB player.

Just my opinion.

George Stein

December 19th, 2011
9:36 pm

Why don’t you let the players speak for themselves rather than speaking for them, WnE.

And quit being a chicken and respond to me ripping your moronic posts apart.

WnE

December 19th, 2011
9:41 pm

re:
George Stein
December 19th, 2011
9:25 pm

Pass blocking skills wouldn’t move Uzzi up in the draft, WnE. Interior linemen are judged almost entirely in their run blocking skills as they are not likely to face top pass rushers lining up at DT. Thus, Uzzi playing in the “triple sloption” probably enhances his draft value.

That’s what you call sound football logic. You’re welcome.
_____________________

I’m so glad that you made that idiotic response!

It merely validates what I have been saying all along about GT having the LEAST knowledgeable FANS WRT to CFB, or FB period.

As much as they pass in the NFL your comments are downright asinine, and laughable.

You actually commented in a PUBLIC FORUM that pass-blocking skills won’t improve the draft status of an OG, and then you have the audacity to claim that more kneecap-diving in CPJ’s triple-SLOPtion would improve his draft status.

I’m gonna laugh about this one for a looooooong time!

George Stein

December 19th, 2011
9:45 pm

If he played tackle you might have a point. At an interior line position his run blocking skills are paramount. Now what about that pledge never to post again if anyone could prove you said something factually inaccurate.

And to the extent GT has the least knowledgeable fans in CFB (I’d be curious to know how you quantify this) it’s only because of morons like you.

George Stein

December 19th, 2011
9:51 pm

By the way, WnE, next time you try to speak for Josh Nesbitt probably having wished he transferred (since you seem to like speaking for players), I would advise you to do a little research.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/nesbitt-ready-to-show-859846.html

GT Man

December 19th, 2011
9:51 pm

Hope Hill comes back next year, because hopefully, PJ wont mess up Vad, and he’s the QB that can get a pass to you. Plus maybe, it wasnt always Washingtons fault, maybe you just cant catch certain thrown balls.