Stephen Hill ready for NFL combine

Greetings-

Stephen Hill is ready to run fast. The former Georgia Tech wide receiver will fly up to Indianapolis today for the NFL draft combine.

“I’m feeling great,” he said. “I’m ready to go.”

Nervous?

“Not nervous at all,” he said, and he sounded it. “This is something I’ve been dreaming about and something I’ve been ready for.”

Since declaring for the draft Jan. 5, Hill has spent most of his time at the IMG training facility in Bradenton, Fla. He worked out with other draft hopefuls such as quarterback Russell Wilson from Wisconsin, quarterback Kirk Cousins and Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The training is principally for the combine, Tech’s pro day (March 6) and individual workouts with teams. He also spent a week in Atlanta getting tutored by former Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis.

Among those training him in Florida was renowned speed coach Loren Seagrave. Hill said he plans to do all of the tests at the combine.

“My 40 time has improved a little bit,” Hill said. “It’s going to be interesting.”

How interesting?

“I want to run a 4.4,” he said. “But I feel like I can run a 4.3.”

At last year’s combine, four wide receivers ran in the 4.3 range (including Falcons draft pick Julio Jones) and 11 in the 4.4 range (including former Georgia star A.J. Green, now with Cincinnati). Hill said he wants to also put up a 40-inch vertical, which six wide receivers did at the 2011 combine.

“I know I’m going to turn some heads in the 40,” he said, “but mostly I just want to show that I can show the change of direction in the 5-10-5 (short shuttle) and the L-cone drill.”

The combine is a four-day process that includes thorough physical exams, measurements, interviews with teams and the workouts. The wide receivers begin Thursday and end with the workout drills Sunday.

The draft evaluation that Hill requested from the NFL prior to declaring said that he did not have the potential to be taken in the first three rounds. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock pegged him as a fourth-rounder. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said that a strong combine could lift Hill into the third round, but that he could go considerably later. The website nfldraftscout.com, a source I tend to put stock in, ranked him the No. 7 wide receiver and a possible second-round selection.

Hill said he’s not dwelling on where he might go in the draft.

“I just take it day-by-day,” he said. “I have to go to Indy to pro day and pro day to individual workouts. That’s just how I’m taking it.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

108 comments Add your comment

Jacket Fan

February 23rd, 2012
8:06 am

This is hilarious!

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
8:11 am

Stephen Hill will impress in the Combine and get taken MUCH earlier than these pundits think…

gt45

February 23rd, 2012
8:12 am

Good luck, Stephen. I know everyone’s situation is different, and you chose the path that you felt was right for you. I respect that.

MisterT

February 23rd, 2012
8:19 am

I don’t think any of us ever questioned his speed & quickness. I know stickum is no longer allowed. I hope for Stephen’s sake that those gloves they wear have had some technological advances.

THWg!

chewyandrw

February 23rd, 2012
8:21 am

I’m sure he is glad that he will not have to catches passes with someone defending him. He’d never get picked. His measureables are incredible, his immeasureables are equally as awful.

Birmingham Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

Well said chewyandrw.

Ready for combine.

Far, far away from being ready to play on Sundays.

The kid couldn’t make the plays on Saturdays.

Ramblin Wreck

February 23rd, 2012
8:33 am

40-yard.vertical. THAT would be impressive!

HighTech

February 23rd, 2012
8:37 am

I say good luck to Stephen Hill. Even though I cringed at the dropped passes, I admire him for pursuing his dream.

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
8:39 am

chewyandrw…

I think his “immeasurables” are a bit over-exaggerated. The guy doesn’t shay away from run-blocking, which is something you don’t see that much in the NFL.

HighTech

February 23rd, 2012
8:43 am

Where’s Gorilla Biscuit? He said Mel Kiper, Jr. looks like a third string vampire. lol.

Rduck

February 23rd, 2012
8:44 am

i thought the same thing Ramblin Wreck… no CB could cover the fade route…lol

Freddie Blassie

February 23rd, 2012
8:45 am

3.9 second 40 yard time is worthless as is a 60″ vertical IF YOU DO NOT CATCH THE BALL.

Hill, I hope you make it in the NFL and do great but to do that, you have to catch the football. Do it.

gtfanforlife

February 23rd, 2012
8:52 am

I agree – doesn’t matter how fast you are if you can’t catch the ball. Two super catches in three years don’t make you NFL material.

Mr. Magoo

February 23rd, 2012
8:53 am

“Old Skillet Hands” will turn some heads until they throw him the ball!!

Best of luck, Stephen.

THWG!!

mp

February 23rd, 2012
8:58 am

thanks for the article on stephen, ken. been wondering how things are going for him in preparation for the combine. regardless of the drops hill showed at tech, we should all be keeping our fingers crossed he tears up the combine. it’ll only make our program look that much better for those who think we don’t give receivers the opportunity they need to be respectfully drafted into the league.

George Stein

February 23rd, 2012
9:03 am

Kudos to Loren Seagrave for creating a career teaching a skill that supposedly can’t be taught.

HighTech

February 23rd, 2012
9:09 am

George…can Loren Seagrave teach SEC speed?

Ga Tech Old Timer

February 23rd, 2012
9:11 am

Best of Luck – Stephen. I think most on this blog would like you to succeed in your attempt to make it in the NFL – at whatever level you’re taken. The thing I want most for you – is that you remember where you came from in terms of family, friends, schools attended – and remain “grounded” in your past. Life is full of decisions and you’ve made a major one to leave Tech to pursue your dream which none of us can fault – however, keep the educational dream alive as well and commit to finishing your degree some day. What you may have done or not done at Tech in terms of athletic accomplishments is over now and behind you. This is a new chapter now in your life and career – and I wish you all the best.

Antioch "G"

February 23rd, 2012
9:15 am

READ CAREFULLY: IF THE ONLY THING YOU FEEL THE NEED TO TYPE ON THIS PAGE ARE WORDS OF HATE AND NEGATIVITY, THEN KEEP YOUR MESS, KEEP YOUR ISSUES TO YOURSELF. STAY OFF THE PAGE AND AND SIMPLY DON’T READ THE ARTICLE. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING ENCOURAGING TO SAY THEN YOU HAVE AN ISSUE DEEP INSIDE OF YOU THAT ONLY YOU CAN FIX. TRYING TO BRING THIS MAN DOWN WILL SIMPLY PUSH HIM FURTHER. FURTHER THAN MOST OF YOU ALL WITH THESE COMMENTS OF HATE AND NEGATIVITY. I SINCE SOME PEOPLE ARE JEALOUS OF HIS OPPORTUNITY. BLESS!!!

Yeller Bug

February 23rd, 2012
9:21 am

One thing Stephen Hill was NEVER ready for……..

Playing UGA.

0-3 in the “most important games in his life”.

#Ownage

Yeller Bug

February 23rd, 2012
9:22 am

Antioch G,

I “since” you have a bad “since” of spelling and grammar.

We all know Tech doesn’t teach writing or social skills, however.

George Stein

February 23rd, 2012
9:24 am

No, HT, he can’t. SEC Speed is close to supersonic. You can’t even watch an SEC game on an LCD screen because of the drag.

Assigning credit (or blame) to one player for the result of a game is the dumbest thing you could do to measure his performance, Yeller Bug. Grow up.

Todd

February 23rd, 2012
9:24 am

LMAO – 40 *yard* vertical. Even Reggie Ball could throw to this guy!

Say It Aint So

February 23rd, 2012
9:28 am

Antioch “G” everyone has a right to their opinions. If he can’t catch, he can’t catch. Should have followed in Demps footsteps and pursued track and field after college.

Dos Techos Man

February 23rd, 2012
9:29 am

GT = Dumpster Fire

February 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

Do they run the Coach Fish Fry flop offense combined with the washed up defensive coordinator defense and no special teams in the NFL? If so, his game should translate perfectly to the NFL…..

BigTimeTechFan

February 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

Hope Hill does well, he’s a cool guy and we’ll miss him at Tech.
Don’t know where he ranks with Tech All-Time receivers:
1. Drew Hill
2. Calvin Johnson
3. Jimmy Robinson
4. Kerry Watkins
5. Demaryius Thomas
6.Kelly Campbell
7. Jonathan Smith
Dez White
Harvy Middleton
Derrick Steagal

Then Hill some where

George Stein

February 23rd, 2012
9:33 am

Troll hard, Dumpster Fire.

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
9:34 am

And the troll makes an appearance…

GTfan2012

February 23rd, 2012
9:43 am

We are likely going to have another WR drafted in the first three round of the NFL draft. That will make three in five years for GT. As long as Stephen Hill does not get injured, he will perform well at the combine. He will probably have a top 5 vertical and a top 10 40 time for WR. His hands are better than you think. His style of play and size fits in very well in the new NFL, where big physical WRs are at a premium. He will measure a legit 6′3.5″ 215lbs. He will run under 4.5 40 with close to a 40 inch vert and that alone pushes him into the top 10 of WRs. He’s got good body control and can show a highlight package of some really amazng catches.

GTfan2012

February 23rd, 2012
9:47 am

Newsflash to Dumpster fire, they don’t run Mark Richt’s offense in the NFL either. They don’t run Nick Saban’s offense in the NFL either. NFL OCs always have their own offenses with their own terminology, so ANY player has to learn a new offense when moving from college to the NFL. But you wouldn’t know that, because you have zero football knowledge.

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FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
9:50 am

GTfan2012…I agree with this.

The guy was the GA HS triple-jump champion in 2008-2009 with a distance that would have placed him in the NCAA championships. He’s a straight-up incredible athlete with the willingness and ability to block downfield…which most NFL receivers can’t or won’t do.

Jacket Fan

February 23rd, 2012
9:52 am

Might be in the top five receivers in the draft – who knows?

George Stein

February 23rd, 2012
9:54 am

Of course UGA doesn’t run a real pro offense, GTfan2012. The problem is that people think that lining up in an I-formation with two WR and and a TE equals pro-style. I mean, does anyone really think their receivers are adjusting their routes based on the coverage? Seriously?

o'keefe

February 23rd, 2012
9:58 am

I hope they don’t hit him at these trials. If they do,Stephen may run his 4.3 all the way back to Georgia.

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
10:02 am

I love these non-GT posters making comments about Stephen Hill that obviously expose the fact that these posters never even watched any of his games…

o'keefe

February 23rd, 2012
10:02 am

Di you actually see him block anybody.I saw him get in peoples’ way,but block? No.I hope nobody hits him in Indy or he may run his 4.3 all the way back to Georgia.He sure looked scared to me.

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
10:20 am

o’keefe…

Do you actually think Tevin Washington could break off 2 separate 40+ yard runs off the QB sneak in the Clemson game this year without Hill’s blocking?

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
10:23 am

o'keefe

February 23rd, 2012
10:25 am

FL Jacket Yes. Hill got in someones way…. Lay down a block? I don’t think so. He simply could not take a hit.He’ll get killed in the pros , if he gets there.

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
10:26 am

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
10:28 am

o’keefe…

You can continue to deal in your personal opinion on the matter, and I’ll go based on what he showed on the field.

FL Jacket

February 23rd, 2012
10:44 am

George Stein…

How about that Pro-style offense they run at Clemson? You know, the one that is coached by a guy 2 years removed from HIGH SCHOOL…

Habersham Dawg

February 23rd, 2012
10:47 am

I hope the kid does well. With the emphasis on passing in the pros like it is, he’ll get more opportunities during practice to perfect his abilities. If he does have skillet hands, then he’ll be able to play special teams for a couple or three years and get his feet wet as an NFL player. Something the rest of us only dream about.

Antioch "G"

February 23rd, 2012
10:52 am

@Yeller Bug-

I did use the wrong word form of “since”. “Sense” would be the correct form. It’s called a Homophone in the English language, you know a word that is pronounced the same and sometimes spelled different and it means something different. Thanks for you correction and thank you for attempting to down me for my spelling and grammar mistake. I hope it added value to your life for catching that. I see what I wrote earlier went over your head. You’re being so analytical of what I wrote that you didn’t grasp that you might be one of the people I’m referring to. Also, writing and social skills are taught before you get to college. The last time I checked no one was perfect. Guess I should type my comment in Microsoft Word then cut and paste it to the AJC like you may or may not do. Don’t come at me like you perfect, when you really simple. What are you a spelling bee judge? YOU CAN LET GO OF MY SACK NOW. IT’S OK I SEE YOU HAVE A HARD TIME SEEING PEOPLE PROSPER !!!

Antioch "G"

February 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

@ Say it Aint So-

Very true we are all entitled to an opinion but it’s too much negativity in the world right now. Why not choose to rise above it and create positive energy. Encourage each other you know, it’s easy, try it.

People have not seen Hill’s abilities since his last game at Tech. In my opinion he is more than ready. You can have all the talent in the world but attitude and character speak beyond that. He has a work ethic greater than any receiver in the league now and that’s what will set him apart.

This “he can’t catch” nonsense needs to stop. I can name several NFL receivers with trash hands and guess what they still getting a check. I can name many receivers in the NFL that were ballers in college and became busted and useless in the NFL, even some of them still getting a check. I can even name some undrafted receivers and players that are now starters. In my opinion the only college football does is make money for these corrupt universities and maybe for some players it gets them ready for the speed and pace of the NFL between the lines. Some players have a natural ability to adjust to the game no matter what and Hill will be one of them because everyday he has trained and stayed away from the negative b.s. opinions some people have.

Ghost

February 23rd, 2012
11:20 am

Bigtime, Tech’s had some great receivers , don’t think Hill was anywhere near great.

wes

February 23rd, 2012
11:21 am

Shouldn’t have creampied your g/f! Now you are leaving for the NFL way too early!

Ghost

February 23rd, 2012
11:27 am

George , The Auburn game would be a great game for you to see how the Georgia receivers adjust their routes to coverages.The degree of sophistication isn’t on NFL level but its there.