Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Hill said he reached the conclusion Tuesday, three days following the end of Tech’s season, after going over pros and cons with his parents and Tech coach Paul Johnson and wide receivers coach Buzz Preston. He has not signed with an agent, and has until Jan. 18 to withdraw his name, but said that there isn’t any chance he’ll re-consider.
“I just have faith that I can rise,” Hill said. “I can rise to the top.”
Hill’s NFL draft evaluation – available to any player with eligibility remaining – said that he did not have the potential be drafted in the first three rounds. Hill acknowledged the possibility that he could go undrafted, but that “just going ahead and getting started with my career, that was my No. 1 focus.”
(Players receive one of five evaluations from the advisory board. There is one lower than Hill’s, that the player does not have the potential to be drafted.)
This season, Hill caught 28 passes for 820 yards for a per-catch average of 29.3 yards per reception. He made a number of athletic receptions, but also dropped a handful of passes.
With size, speed and leaping ability, Hill (6-foot-5, 206 pounds) would appear to be the type who could improve his draft stock at the NFL combine or at Tech’s pro day, a factor he took into consideration.
“With my size and my ability, I know I could raise my stock,” he said.
With his departure, both of Tech’s starting wide receivers will not return, along with Tyler Melton. Freshmen Darren Waller and Jeff Greene and juniors Chris Jackson and Daniel McKayhan all played this season, but none had catches.