Stephen Hill blasts 4.3 in 40 at combine

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill made good on his hopes to run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds at the NFL draft combine, turning in a time of 4.31 seconds Sunday, the fastest time thus far. More info from Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter.

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Omnipotent One

February 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

He actually ran 4.30 backed up by a 4.31…..waiting on official times still.

HighTech

February 26th, 2012
1:06 pm

Keep it up, Stephen Hill! Wow them at the combine!

GT fan

February 26th, 2012
1:14 pm

Hey George Stein …… LOL, looks like SH’s “speed coach” taught him how to run faster!

Good luck to SH … I hope he does great, and gets drafted (high), but I’m not confident his “combine” will pan-out. As a GT fan I hope I’m wrong.

Tokyo jacket

February 26th, 2012
1:21 pm

Wow, probably just moved into the second round at the LATEST. Not necessarily good for this year, but it should help CPJ to say he’s had two first day draft picks at WR when on the recruiting trail. Good luck Mr. Hill. That tenth of a second you shaved just might get us a 4-star WR this year.

George Stein

February 26th, 2012
1:21 pm

Ha! I am happy for him, too, GT Fan. I hope he drafted highly, but not high, because he’d have to enter the substance abuse program before ever playing a game! :)

Tokyo jacket

February 26th, 2012
1:23 pm

GT fan, the NFL is a measurable league. If you’re 6′4″, 215 lbs, and run a 4.3 40, you’re going on the first day. Add to that that Stephen Hill, while not as good of a blocker as Baybay, is an above average blocker for college ball, and he’s probably looking at the second round at the latest. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him go late first round to a team like the Patriots that need both a deep threat as well as help in the running game.

George Stein

February 26th, 2012
1:26 pm

I think he also had the longest broad jump, too. No one ever questioned his athleticism, though.

Go Tech

February 26th, 2012
1:34 pm

He said he would and he did. Good luck Mr. Hill

dekalb fan

February 26th, 2012
1:50 pm

What do all of the Hill doubters have to say now?. He did well in ALL drills. There were MANY that said he was NOT as fast as Calvin or Bay Bay (wrong there). There were MANY that said he would not fare well in catching the football (wrong there).

I am not surprised at Stephen’s performance. Be advised that BEST of STEPHEN HILL is YET TO COME.

GOOD LUCK STEPHEN, remember we all KNOW what you can do.

He had the fastest time in the 40, the longest Broad Jump, and was in the top 5 in the vertical jump.

dekalb fan

February 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

From the combine reports:

That’s Hill running a 4.30 40-yard dash, the fastest clocked at the combine so far. He ran a 4.31 on his second attempt, so that wasn’t a fluke. Still, straight line speed is just one attribute that doesn’t always translate to the NFL. He then ran what’s called “the gauntlet,” a drill that measures a receiver’s ability to catch with his hands without breaking stride, a much better indication of NFL-level talent:

Jacket Fan

February 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

But can he do what WR’s are paid to do? Catch…?…..

GT fan

February 26th, 2012
2:12 pm

With all of the “me” mentality that so many kids seem to have these days I don’t see why more stud WRs don’t seriously consider GT.

Yeah, PJ’s O is not designed to throw the ball much, but when it does WRs can put up some crazy statistical #s, and long TD catches.

Vs. UNC, SH had 6 rec for 151yds and 1 td. And dropped a wide-open 55 yd TD catch that would made 7 rec 206 yds 2tds. And had Tyler Melton thrown to SH on the 1st play of the UGA game there’s a 70 yd TD. SH’s 2011 stats = 28 rec, 820 yds – #1 in the NCAA at almost 30 yds per reception!

Bebe’s #s in ‘09: 46 rec 1154 yds 8tds – 25.1 yds/rec.

SH getting drafted high can’t hurt GT in the eyes of WRs.

George Stein

February 26th, 2012
2:21 pm

If Hill is drafted in the first or second round, they might, GT Fan. The only thing I’d add is that the best receiver at Tech is doing as much damage as the best at almost any school. Tavarres King, by way of example, was UGA’s leading receiver with 47 catches for 705 yards. Hill, on the other hand, had 28 catches for 805 yards.

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Too bad...

February 26th, 2012
2:54 pm

…he had to play college ball in the triple option offense – and too bad CPJ never understood how to utilize him or D. Thomas on a consistent basis. Here’s hoping Mr. Hill continues to fulfill his dream as an NFL receiver, just as D. Thomas has….

He doesn’t have any “skeletons” in his background, does he?

Tubby

February 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

Great job S. Hill!!! IMO in 4 years Hill will be one of the top WR’s in the NFL. The up & coming Houston Texans would be a great fit for Stephen Hill.

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HighTech

February 26th, 2012
3:29 pm

I disagree with the notion that CPJ’s offense is not designed to throw the ball much. I think he would call pass plays more often if the skill was there. It would open up the option to have a true dual threat quarterback. However, if the run game was successful, there would not be much of a need to throw the ball except to keep the run defense honest.

Tech Forever

February 26th, 2012
3:47 pm

Who would have thought that after 4 seasons CPJ would have as many WRs in the NFL as RBs coming out of Tech?

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

February 26th, 2012
4:07 pm

I hope Hill goes on to a fine pro career. Only he can prove that his talent is worthy. What caused his “drops” remains a question however. If it was the lack of reps, not enough passes coming his way, then maybe he’ll be fine in the NFL. D. Thomas had no issue catching the ball (save for one unforgivable missed opportunity) even withNesbitt’s lack of touch. Based on Hill’s body of work in college, I’ll be surprised if he is anything more than an average pro receiver. My 2 pennies.

Gerald

February 26th, 2012
4:18 pm

“What caused his “drops” remains a question however.”

A combination of position coaching and offense. And yes, D. Thomas did have issues catching the ball. Just not as many as Hill. But no one says that Hill is as good as D. Thomas, just as no one said that D. Thomas is as good as Calvin Johnson. If Hill is an average pro WR … good for him. And the Falcons could certainly use such an animal – an average pro WR – as their 3rd WR, as could a lot of teams. Average pro WR = 8 years in the NFL if he stays healthy and out of trouble. What’s the problem with that? Keep in mind: when he first declared for the NFL, a lot of naysayers said that he wouldn’t get drafted higher than the 5th round, and possibly not at all.

Pretty good for a 3 star recruit, eh?

Biff Pocoroba

February 26th, 2012
5:08 pm

I hope the Falcons will draft him. Thye need to have another fast guy to drop a lot of passes. Stephen could have had twice the yardage if he would have been able to not drop two easy ones every game.

Gerald

February 26th, 2012
6:29 pm

Biff Pocoroba:

You are funny. The Giants have fast WRs that drop a lot of passes too. Did you catch the Super Bowl by chance? The DIFFERENCE is that when you have a QB like Eli Manning and not Matt Ryan, your WR dropping a pass or two isn’t that big a deal. But here’s the thing: Hill, Jones and White would give Ryan 3 big targets over the middle and downfield. If the Falcons can improve their offensive line to give Ryan – who is not fleet of foot and doesn’t make plays out of the pocket LIKE ELI MANNING – more time, plus improve the running game for the play-action game, then having 3 guys like that will come in handy.

Yes, the Falcons could use another Wes Welker … who by the way did have drops in the Super Bowl also! … but there isn’t a guy like that in this draft that I am aware of right now.

roughrider

February 26th, 2012
6:35 pm

Seems like CPJ would have thrown to him more with this kind of speed.

FL Jacket

February 26th, 2012
6:44 pm

Haters gonna hate, whether it’s about SH or CPJ.

Wild Bill

February 26th, 2012
8:21 pm

The folks on the Cleveland Plain Dealer sports blog really like Stephen Hill and would like to have him on their team. I am sure that we have a new recruit who will be glad to take Stephen’s place on the team!

Not Disappointed

February 26th, 2012
8:28 pm

I saw him run earlier today and I was shocking!!. He doesn’t block like Bebe, but that young man blocks better than the average WR. He may do well in the draft! He will be drafted regardless. Maybe Stephen knew alittle more than us observers! Go Stephen! Go Jackets!

WR can play the option and go on to the pros! I love it!

Bama Bill

February 26th, 2012
8:57 pm

Wow, I am seriously impressed with that speed – 4.3 it’s fantastic ! Good luck – nice to see a Tech Player with such talent.

gt45

February 26th, 2012
9:08 pm

That is great. Good luck Stephen!

wreckmaniac

February 26th, 2012
9:32 pm

So the high school offense is going to produce another top wide receiver draft pick ?

Dr. C

February 26th, 2012
9:55 pm

Could be the next Gerald Tinker

SoCal_GT_Fan

February 27th, 2012
2:32 am

Awesome job by Stephen Hill at the Combine. He will likely be considered in the 2nd round and should be a lock for the 3rd-4th rounds. As always, you never know what’s going to happen in the draft especially when they say, “The Raiders are on the clock.”

Why don’t more receivers come to Tech? Well at Tech, the emphasis is more in the blocking than in the catching part of the receiver’s job and I think most receivers would rather be in a 4 receiver set where they all get to go run routes (i.e. with as little blocking as possible). To block well in open space is no different from tackling in open space; takes a lot of skill and you have to be relentless. It also takes up a lot of energy for so little energy (If you are blocking properly).

Dragon

February 27th, 2012
4:40 am

Talk about drops ….. and karma. Bay-Bay dropped a first down pass that would have put GT in place to beat the Dawgs in 2009 on the last drive. Should have declared him ineligible like Auburn did Cam…Big receivers are crazy not to come to Tech because they get single coverage and average 25 yards a pop.

Auburn Jacket

February 27th, 2012
8:54 am

Next up… Jeff Greene!

DS_CE91

February 27th, 2012
10:59 am

From Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback Column on si.com:

“….Stephen Hill (who?) was The Man this weekend. He said he wanted to be the 6-4 player who plays like he’s 5-10 — a quick guy in and out of cuts who can get off pressure at the line of scrimmage. Hill did more than that. He ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash and made the most impressive catch of the day Sunday, when the wideouts worked inside Lucas Oil Stadium, a diving catch in which he laid out and caught the ball at the end of his fingertips. At 6-4 and 215 pounds, his speed — tied for the fastest 40 of the weekend — surprised scouts. His 2011 season was odd. He didn’t have a 100-yard receiving game in his last nine games; only twice did he catch more than three balls in a game. In three seasons, he caught only 49 passes … but he did average 25.5 yards per catch in his career. Now he’ll spend the two months before the draft trying to prove he can be a complete receiver instead of just a sideline-streaker….”

Whatever you think of him, I believe he probably made the decision that was best in his interests – at least right now…..

roughrider

February 27th, 2012
12:02 pm

@ FL Jacket : Hate has nothing to do with it. If you have a man that fast, he has to be open a lot, so why not throw to him?

GT ATW

February 27th, 2012
12:26 pm

He still has very average hands at best. Should have stayed at Tech one more year.

Uhhh....

February 27th, 2012
1:10 pm

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him go late first round to a team like the Patriots that need both a deep threat as well as help in the running game.”

On a team where Chad Ochocinco is your WORST wide receiver, I have a hard time believing that Hill will get looked at.

Honest and Frank Discussion

February 28th, 2012
11:49 am

Uhhh obviously has no understanding of just how bad Ocho is. He couldn’t understand their offense. And if you had bothered watching the Pats this year, you know they need a vertical threat. There is none better in the draft this year than Hill with his size and speed.

dekalb fan

February 28th, 2012
5:18 pm

All, when you get the opportunity read the article by National Football Authority Senior Writer Bob Evans on Mr. Hill.

UGAfan

February 28th, 2012
7:40 pm

Stephen Hill prolly ran a 4.31 but his game speed is more 4.51. That 4.3 speed doesnt show up ANYWHERE on tape. And he has terrible hands. He trained for the 40 and ran a fast 40.Guys have combines all the time and dont do squat on Sundays, Hill is yet another example of that. He’s a project. You’d be a fool to take this clown in the first 2 rounds.

Old Blind Dawg

February 28th, 2012
9:14 pm

For those of you pointing to his drops in the TO GT runs consider…….If he had played in a passing offense he would have had a QB that could deliver the ball……..he would have had many more opportunities to catch passes………….and most important he would have caught hundreds of passes during practice. Bottom line if a guy wants to develop as a WR / TE he needs to look beyond GT.