Stephen Hill invited to NFL combine

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill is one of 47 wide receivers who has received an invitation to the NFL scouting combine, to take place Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.

The NFL released the list Tuesday. Hill, the only former Tech player to make the 327-player invite list, declared himself an early-entry candidate for the draft Jan. 5. His invitation to the combine is hardly a guarantee that he’ll get drafted; annually, players who aren’t invited to the combine get drafted and players who do get invited get passed up in the draft. However, it is certainly an indication that NFL scouts see him as a draftable player.

The draft website nfldraftscout.com ranks Hill as the No. 7 wide receiver in the draft and projects him as a second-round selection. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said that Hill would have to impress at the combine to get into the third round.

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BigTimeTechFan

February 7th, 2012
12:56 pm

Should be top 10 pick in the 1st round. He will be like Calvin Johnson

JACKETS21

February 7th, 2012
12:58 pm

Hardly see 2nd round, he had moments of greatness but tons of drops on easy balls as well. Lots of points didn’t happen due to the drops. I wish him luck though, but really could have used another year to improve.

a-son-sir

February 7th, 2012
12:59 pm

No. But he will be able to play.

GTfan1

February 7th, 2012
1:01 pm

No where close to first round or even near the talent of Calvin. He had trouble catching the ball during the his time at tech, and even in his breakout year this year he was inconsistent. Calvin never had trouble with drops. Calvin came in from his freshmen year making a huge impact.

Ghost of the Flats

February 7th, 2012
1:05 pm

He would be a project at a good D-1 school that runs a pro style offense. Size and speed are getting him a look.

George Stein

February 7th, 2012
1:09 pm

I think you do a disservice to Hill by comparing him to Calvin, BTTF. Calvin is the best receiver in the NFL, and it’s not really close. Heck, he might be one of the five best of the last 25 years. To compare Hill, who will wow people with his measurable, is unfair. He’s a good player and I hope he’s successful, but he’ll be lucky to be as good as Bay Bay.

Really?

February 7th, 2012
1:12 pm

Easily the best player ga text had this season. He might be a non drafted free agent if he really gets ready for the combine. With luck he could hang around on some tem’s scout squad for a year or so.

Ben

February 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

He better put some sticky stuff on his hands and finers.

Beer Stein

February 7th, 2012
1:18 pm

I can’t think of any GT WR that should go in the first 3 rounds. Megatron came from an entire different scheme. Option, option, option. Doesn’t translate to the NFL, unless Denver drinks the Kool Aide on Tebow and builds around him instead of making him a better passer.

George Stein

February 7th, 2012
1:20 pm

Fortunately, what my cousin Beer Stein says doesn’t matter.

Richard

February 7th, 2012
1:39 pm

If it’s news that you were invited to the combine, you made a bad decision leaving early.

Maryland Jacket

February 7th, 2012
1:52 pm

Probably a third-, fourth-round pick. Wish him the best though!

5 star recruits, 2 star results

February 7th, 2012
1:59 pm

It really all depends on how well he has recovered from the surgery to replace those cinder blocks with real hands. When do the bandages come off?

Seriously, this kid has a lot of potential, and could go far, but he will have to really impress to overcome his dropped ball past. Could have used another year to get his drop problem further behind him.

Best of luck and Go Jackets!

Yellow Jacket Fever

February 7th, 2012
2:52 pm

Good luck to him but I don’t think he will be picked anywhere before the 5th round.

FL Jacket

February 7th, 2012
2:57 pm

If Stephen Hill has a monster combine (sub 4.45 40-time, +38″ vertical, mad jumping and shuttle skills) and has a strong Pro day or individual workout with a team…its very easy he could be a selection in the 1st 3 rounds.

BigTimeTechFan

February 7th, 2012
3:13 pm

Hill runs a 4.25 40, 44″ vert, Bench reps are low but getting better. Has great hands, could run drill 1 handed and out perform most receivers at combine
Bengels should draft him in 1st round to replace AJ Greene, if not Browns will get him to replace M Mossaqua.

reebok

February 7th, 2012
3:14 pm

Just glad he’s gone. I wish him good luck, but he’s going to need to find a copy of “Catching a Football for Dummies” before the combine…he’s got hands like skillets.

5 star recruits, 2 star results

February 7th, 2012
3:18 pm

That’s an awful lot of “if’s” that have to come together just for him to possibly move into the 3rd round FL. That guy that bet the first score in the super bowl would be a safety probably got better odds.

PLAYMAKER

February 7th, 2012
3:22 pm

It is sooo sad that GT players like Roddy Jones, Peeples and Tyler Melto wont get a chance to show their stuff because of CPJ. If given a chance I think they could make some team. Peters too

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February 7th, 2012
3:25 pm

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GIVE ME A BREAK

February 7th, 2012
3:25 pm

You would think that a receiver that has played in high school and college would be able to catch the ball more consistantly. I’m not sure he can improve. I hope he can. Calvin and Demarius caught the ball with their hands not against their body. Hill never did that on a regular basis.

GT Rich

February 7th, 2012
3:30 pm

There was a previous article that talked about Stephen working out with Calvin this past summer during the NFL lock out. Hill commented on how it affected his intensity in the gym. My money says he’ll show up, demonstrate some speed and hops. If he catches well in the drills, he’ll be 3rd round. If Kevin Cone can play for the Falcons, Hill can get on somewhere.

GoldJacket

February 7th, 2012
3:45 pm

The first thing I think of when I hear the name Stephen Hill is “what could have been”. This guy seemed to have all the talent and skills, but just didn’t have the focus. I’ve never seen a player drop as many wide open balls as he did, and enough with the faking an injury when you drop a pass. Have some self respect. Admit you dropped the ball and get them back on the next one. That is what the great ones do. He was embarrassing to watch at times

FL Jacket

February 7th, 2012
3:51 pm

“It is sooo sad that GT players like Roddy Jones, Peeples and Tyler Melto wont get a chance to show their stuff because of CPJ. If given a chance I think they could make some team. Peters too”

LOL Playmaker…this is a pretty funny joke

Tokyo jacket

February 7th, 2012
3:53 pm

I’m no NFL scout, but I’d have a hard time looking past the dropped balls. That said, I know a lot of experts look REAL hard at combine results. He’s probably got above average speed, hops and blocking ability. That third component moves you up in a lot of books. I’d bet a dollar he goes third round.

stingembuzz

February 7th, 2012
3:59 pm

Hill is no Bay Bay much less a Megatron. He should have stayed in school and figured out how to hold onto the ball.

Bug Zapper

February 7th, 2012
4:11 pm

Stephen Hill was 0-3 against UGA.

yeller bug

February 7th, 2012
4:11 pm

Has CPJ hired anyone to replace Coach Spencer?

As for SH—lots of raw talent with the emphasis on raw. He could be a special teams guy based on athleticism and perhaps learn to be consistent on pass catching. I can’t see him going early in the draft.

SoCal_GT_Fan

February 7th, 2012
4:19 pm

If he is able to run sub 4.4 during the combine, I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes it into the first two rounds. He can’t catch the ball? Well, I remember there was a receiver out of Maryland who couldn’t catch a cold for that matter Darrius Heyward-Bey who was a top 10 pick. Of course, it was one of the most controversial picks in the draft and the team that did draft him was of course, the Oakland Raiders.
Of course, there was a lot of factors working in his favor at the time; weak WR class and the Raiders needed WRs.

Am I saying Stephen Hill will get drafted in the top 10? Nope. I seriously doubt it since there are at least 4-5 receivers who have resumes that look much better and lately, receivers haven’t gotten as much love in the 1st round of the draft (since they usually aren’t productive in their first 2 years although AJ Green and Julio Jones have proved otherwise).

BigTimeTechFan

February 7th, 2012
4:25 pm

I’ve seen a buch of receivers drop easy catches and they play in NFL, Look at the Giants, their whole receiving corps was know for dropping passes and they won the Super Bowl.

It happens, I think most people are thinking of the drop against UNC, he pulled his hammy on the last step before the catch. had a couple of other but I’ve seen all receivers drop some, bey bey against UGA, Calvin Johnson against Notre Dame 2 times.

BigTimeTechFan

February 7th, 2012
4:26 pm

Plus I’m the one who said Shumpert would be nice NBA player, all you guys said I was wrong, but look now, NY loves him.

GTRay

February 7th, 2012
4:28 pm

I agree with yeller bug and some of you other guys — barring a spectacular showing in the combine, Stephen Hill won’t be drafted earlier than the third round. Based on his performance at Tech, he just isn’t in the same category as Demaryius Thomas or Calvin Johnson. Having said that, I think the potential is there for him to be quite successful in the NFL. I wish him the best.

Ghosts of the Plain

February 7th, 2012
4:31 pm

bigtimetechfan, can’t decide whether I should like your sarcasm or think your an idiot.

George Stein

February 7th, 2012
4:44 pm

Ha! Ghosts of the Plain did it! “Your” an idiot.

Gets me every time.

Jacket Fan

February 7th, 2012
4:45 pm

I’ve never been that impressed with Hill. Apparently he performs well in practice and in games he’s about 50%. That said, I hope he does well and get’s drafted and does well in the NFL. Him doing well can only be good for GT in future recruiting years.

Go Hill and go Jackets!!

Dennis

February 7th, 2012
4:48 pm

@reebok, was drinking water when I read your comment that he’s got hands like skillets, almost spit it out..LOL…and no knock on the kid, I’ve not seen him play, just thought it was funny. If his hands aren’t that great, he can improve there, but the physical side, that’s a gift. He could be a sleeper for someone.

Ol'JacketFan

February 7th, 2012
5:19 pm

I wish all the best for Stephen. He does have the physical skills to play in the NFL, his measureables will certainly point to him going in the first 3 rounds. IF he can focus on the ball and shows good hands at the combine and his workout day he could go before the 3rd round. 3rd round or higher he will have made the right decision and I hope, for his sake, he prepares as hard as he is capable. Best of luck young man!

Go Jackets!

swarmi

February 7th, 2012
5:26 pm

Ask a guy that recently played in the Souper Bowl what people think about drops…

GT fan

February 7th, 2012
5:40 pm

Based on what I witnessed being season tix holder …. IMO:

If he has a good combine, SH will definitely get drafted (but drafted too high).
If he has a avg or less combine, SH will PROBABLY get drafted only b/c some team thinks they might be able to make something out of him and his measureables: 6′5″ 205 lbs, speed & leaping.

In short, SH has a shot at the NFL b/c of his measureables.

And just like recruiting & poll rankings … you’ve got one group saying SH is the #7 WR, and a 2nd round pick. Then you have Mel Kiper saying SH has to IMPRESS at the combine just to make the 3rd round.

Stinger 2

February 7th, 2012
5:44 pm

All good and great receivers drop passes…some more than others. Although Calvin Johnson`s college and NFL records are very impressive, I recall he dropped a crucial pass that likely cost GT a win over UGA in his senior seaon.

JACKETfan12

February 7th, 2012
6:01 pm

I seriously doubt Hill runs a 4.25 second 40 time, Big Time Tech Fan. What are you thinking? That is lighting-fast.

Hill will never be Calvin or Bebe. NOT saying that he will not succeed in the NFL. But he just does not show consistency. Even if he gets consistency, I do not think he will be as good as Calvin.

Paddy

February 7th, 2012
6:02 pm

I don’t care how fast you run or how high you jump, if you are not a great pass catcher you can’t make the squad. Tons of fast receivers are at home watching guys play on Sunday that catch everything in their zip code.

GT fan

February 7th, 2012
6:02 pm

Stinger2 ……. Calvin left GT after his JR season.

Fact: Calvin never dropped a CATCHABLE ball.
Fact: If Reggie Ball was worth a darn, Calvin catches 2 TDs vs. GA, in his JR season, and GT wins easily. Go back and watch the replay and you’ll see how bad RB’s throws were on what could’ve been 2 TDs.

wallter braswell

February 7th, 2012
6:03 pm

Hill has lots of the qualities needed to make the NFL but there is something lacking, don’t know if it committment or what. Something just don’t click.

ToeMeetsLeather

February 7th, 2012
6:07 pm

Another TECH receiver gets drafted and does well, mainly because of his blocking abilities. This trend will continue with Waller, Greene and the new kid Henry. Once we get the right QB in place
(?Lee, Thomas, Andrews) that can put some zip on the ball, you will never hear again that TECH can’t recruit at the WR position.

Ghosts of the Plain

February 7th, 2012
6:08 pm

Hows the leg George?

Ghosts of the Plain

February 7th, 2012
6:22 pm

toemeetsleather, You might hear they can’t coach the wR position or the qb position. thje scouting report I’ve seen on Thomas is an average arm. Think you expecting a lot form the other receivers considering the coaching.

GTRay

February 7th, 2012
6:53 pm

To Stinger 2 re: your comment about Bebe dropping a pass against UGA:

I believe you are thinking about Demaryius Thomas’ drop in the last minute or so which, if he had caught it, would have given us good field position, but it wasn’t a TD pass or even in the red zone.

And I thought his nickname was “Bay Bay”. Is my memory failing me again?

OldSchoolGold

February 7th, 2012
6:54 pm

No way will I ever agree with “Mr. Kiper”, so I shall guess —– oh, 5th Round. The potential is there, it just needs to be shown at proper time. If Stephen can make an NFL roster (even if it is sticking to practice squad) and can avoid early injuries, he can be a good, solid, quality, bargin pick for some team. He needs to finda a run-and-shoot offense and not a run oriented one.

Ga Tech Old Timer

February 7th, 2012
7:01 pm

I think Hills comparison to Bay Bay and Calvin – in any fashion – are a slap at two greats who have laid it all on the line every down they played at Tech and their respective pro teams – unlike Hill who is known to coast on more than one ocassion when blocking or going after the ball. Please, let’s not compare him to anyone – let him stand on his own merrit and achievement rather than sully the names of those who gave – and continue to give – 100% – whom ever they are. He maade one spectacular catch – in the Clemson game. This doesn’t make him great – it makes him inconsistant because we all know the talent is there but wasn’t used. He got wide open more than once for long scores – but again was it Hill or the fact that the DB’s were playing up to stop the run and he was able to get behind them utilizing his speed. I’m sorry, I just don’t see him making it in the pros if he couldn’t hack it in college ball.