Tech’s Hill invited to NFL draft

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill is one of 26 prospects invited to the NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The number of players at the draft is a record for the event. For Hill, it is one more step of a remarkable progression since declaring for the draft Jan. 5. In a draft evaluation Hill requested prior to making his decision, the opinion of NFL executives and scouts was that he didn’t have the potential to be selected in the first three rounds.

However, Hill burst up draft boards with a standout performance at the NFL draft combine, including a 40-yard dash of 4.36 seconds. Hill’s invitation to New York is virtual confirmation that Hill will go in the first round or at least early in the second. Many mock drafts project Hill to be chosen by the San Francisco 49ers with the 30th pick.

The first round of the draft is Thursday, April 26.

The complete list:

Alabama S Mark Barron
Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon
LSU DT Michael Brockers
LSU CB Morris Claiborne
UNC DE Quinton Coples
Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox
Stanford TE Coby Fleener
Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd
South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore
Georgia OT Cordy Glenn
Baylor QB Robert Griffin III
Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower
Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill
South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram
USC OT Matt Kalil
Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick
Stanford QB Andrew Luck
Boise State LB Shea McClellin
USC DE Nick Perry
Memphis DT Dontari Poe
LSU WR Rueben Randle
Alabama RB Trent Richardson
Penn State DT Devon Still
Texas A&M Ryan Tannehill
Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw
Baylor WR Kendall Wright

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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NiquePhotog

April 12th, 2012
9:45 pm

Good for him! Makin jacket nation proud for sure!

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GIVE ME A BREAK

April 12th, 2012
9:57 pm

Keep working hard, Stephen.

FL Jacket

April 12th, 2012
10:12 pm

Great job Stephen!

Supersize that order, mutt

April 12th, 2012
10:18 pm

Terrific news :)

FL Jacket

April 12th, 2012
10:26 pm

Oversigning will be in the house on NFL Draft night!

Dragon

April 12th, 2012
11:17 pm

Another 6-4 receiver that was under-utilized at tech. The legacy continues. the highest paid player in the NFL was quarterbacked by Reggie Ball for three years. No wonder CJ left without beating UGA.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 12th, 2012
11:21 pm

If you mean CG (as in Chan Gailey), he didn’t leave Tech, he was fired.

Delbert D.

April 12th, 2012
11:31 pm

Talented players who work hard can advance to the next level, regardless of the system. 3 WRs: Demaryius Thomas 2010, Kevin Cone 2011, Stephen Hill 2012.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 12th, 2012
11:32 pm

Even “under-utilized,” they are still all (or soon will be) in the pros. I guess they were utilized enough that the NFL recognized their worth

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WnE

April 13th, 2012
1:45 am

Great news for Hill & his family!

I hope he remembers to thank Terrance Mathis for all the “real WR Coaching” that he got after he “escaped GT” while he still had a chance to “repair” his Draft status!

Good luck in the NFL Mr. Hill!

heeldawg

April 13th, 2012
4:24 am

Congrats to Mr. Hill. Just goes to show that he has a few valuable attributes that are God-given–size and speed–and that the NFL recognizes his raw potential.

Note that 12/26 players invited are from the SEC, including 5 from defending national champion Alabama. The ACC had a total of 2 players invited. No other conference had more than 4. Anyone wonder why the SEC is the best conference?

ToeMeetsLeather

April 13th, 2012
6:26 am

More good “pub” for the Institute. Play wideout out TECH and, showcase your talent, learn to block(which is very important to the NFL brass), and prepare to ace the Wonderlic Test by going to “real classes”.

Paddy

April 13th, 2012
6:48 am

A real eye opener what Hill has accomplished. Congrats, hope you go in the first round.

Wrecker

April 13th, 2012
7:24 am

Living off the rep of the SEC much, heeldawg? :) I noticed that Georgia had just as many players invited as Tech did. Congratulations to Messrs. Hill and Glenn. Hill’s work ethic (at least after he left the Flats) will help him greatly. Glenn’s versatility, size like an LT and moves like a guard, will help him much. Also, Glenn has shown he is tough and willing to play through nagging injuries. Good luck to both guys on draft day.

GT '08

April 13th, 2012
7:43 am

I don’t get the whole conference pride crap. Why does UG[sic]A ride the coat tails of rival schools that have won championships? I am a Braves fan, would I chant N-L-EAST if the Phillies or Mets won the World Series? Uh no? Did I chant NFC South! NFC South! when the Aints won the Super Bowl? Heck no…I hated them even more for it. As a Tech grad I would never be excited that Va Tech, FSU or Clemson won a title…NEVER. But the red rash from Athens and all other SEC schools ride their conference rival’s jocks any time a title is won. I don’t get it, never have, never will.

GT73

April 13th, 2012
7:49 am

Wrecker, thank you for the “high road” comments. heeldawg, it IS worth noting that Alabama has 5, LSU has 3, and South Carolina has 2. No wonder Alabama (4 of 5 on defense) rolled over teams so effectively. The honorable mention, however, goes to Baylor with 2 slots.

Also worth noting is that Coach Johnson is correct. The quality of the player determines his path not the college system that he plays in.

Beat UGA

April 13th, 2012
7:53 am

Sounds like the scene from the movie and book “The Hunger Games,” where the victims are paraded and feted by the rich in the capital prior to entering the battle area where they are suppose to kill each other!

Jacket Backer

April 13th, 2012
7:58 am

Agree with GT 08….I don’t get it either?? Anyway, congrats to Stephen and good luck on draft day!…….Go Jackets!!

GT Dude

April 13th, 2012
8:00 am

when he goes up on stage let’s hope he doesn’t drop the hat Goddel gives him :-)

HighTech

April 13th, 2012
8:09 am

Paddy

April 13th, 2012
6:48 am
A real eye opener what Hill has accomplished. Congrats, hope you go in the first round.
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Congrats to Stephen Hill! Endeavor to persevere.

May your mornings bring joy
and your evenings bring peace…
May your troubles grow less
as your blessings increase!

gt45

April 13th, 2012
8:13 am

Congrats, Stephen. I agree with you, 08!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 13th, 2012
8:27 am

Roll Tide…..This article will not get many doggies posting for sure. The Nick Saban hate and envy can’t stand a chance with a documented article. Congrats to all those folks for they’re all millionaires and part of the 1% selected group….obama is watching you.

reebok

April 13th, 2012
8:29 am

Nice to see GT and UGA both have invitees. Speaks well for the programs. Good luck to all these young men.

Freddie Blassie

April 13th, 2012
9:27 am

Hill has worked hard the last couple of years. He will drop some but remember that Georgia Tech receivers who play for Johnson do not play unless they can block. That will separate him from most other NFL receiver hopefuls in this year’s draft class.

Hey, GT Dude...

April 13th, 2012
10:24 am

…good one…

PLAYMAKER

April 13th, 2012
10:27 am

Awesome for Hill! I tell you what if I was a H.S. WR’s I would strongly consider GT. Like Calvin and Bay-Bay and Cone, GT WR’s know how to go up and get a not so perfect thrown pass and we know they can block! On the NFL NETWORK they were saying GT kids have talent for those willing to take a close look. The Pro’s are seeing this. UGA had the highly recruited WR Malcolm Brown out of Memphis that recruiting year and Auburn had the famed Malzhan throwing the ball to all those 4 Stars and they are not even on the NFL radar. Awesome for Hill to be in New York and good for GT we can cancel that you can’t go to the Pro’s if you go to GT Vibe in fact if you can play your chances may be better becaus GT doesn’t have all those 5STARS!

FL Jacket

April 13th, 2012
10:52 am

Stephen Hill and Justin Blackmon…both 3-star recruits ranked anywhere from 24th to 139th in their respective classes (2008-Blackmon, 2009-Hill).

Rueben Randle was 5-star and the #1 WR in the 2009 class.

Leeson? What school you pick…or what offensive system you play in…doesn’t matter. The NFL will recognize you either way…

George Stein

April 13th, 2012
10:58 am

The filters are terrible today.

George Stein

April 13th, 2012
11:00 am

“I hope he remembers to thank Terrance Mathis for all the “real WR Coaching” that he got after he “escaped GT” while he still had a chance to “repair” his Draft status!”

Heavy on trolling, devoid of analysis.

HighTech

April 13th, 2012
11:05 am

I hope we remember to thank Gollum for all of his “heavy trolling” that we got after he “escaped the insane asylum” while we still had a chance to “repair” our composure after laughing so hard at him.

yeller bug

April 13th, 2012
11:07 am

SH did a great job at the combine to raise his stock tremendously—a true “rise to the occasion” scenario.

CPJ will now have 2 WR in his short time at Tech to go 1st round in the NFL draft from their JR year. Are these guys peaking at the end of the year and by not having them back for their SR year Tech is not getting the benefit from such talent? Are their stats overrated because they often have just 1-on-1 coverage because the opposing D must focus on the run? Is our below 50% pass competion rate over the last 4 years causing us to have the lack of production in the passing game? Should we track incomplete passes like pitches in baseball—wild pitch or passed ball where we fault the passer (uncatchable pass) or the receiver (dropped ball) to discern the cause for the low completion rate? Is it reasonable to expect a QB who runs and gets hit virtually every play be as accurate as a standard drop back passer? Are our pass routes too difficult—throw more to stationary targets vice crossing and timing routes? We need some answers–for to have two 1st round draft picks at WR yet be as poor in the passing game that we are is not acceptable.

George Stein

April 13th, 2012
11:09 am

Well done, HighTech.

Here’s my question: why did Mohamed Massaquoi feel the need to train at Tech? Are Mike Holmgren and Pat Shurmur Kung Fu Pandas? Why didn’t he go back to UGA to train? Is Mike Bobo and his staff a bunch of Kung Fu Pandas? Questions abound!

Bamajacket

April 13th, 2012
11:17 am

I predict Hill will be a total bust. He won’t put in the work necessary to be a top wideout.

George Stein

April 13th, 2012
11:27 am

BayBay was 13th nationally in receiving yards in 2009, yeller bug. Is that underutilized? Hill only caught 29 balls (some of that was his fault, some Tevin’s), but 29 YPC was first nationally. Our passing efficiency last year ranked 14th nationally and first nationally in yards per attempt (which preempts the completion percentage).

The passing has not been bad. The better question is what have we left out there and why. It’s only one play, but I remember the interception against Clemson vividly. Stephen Hill was totally uncovered on that play, but Tevin tried to guide the ball to Orwin across the middle. If he zips it, it’s a catch. If he throws to Hill, it’s a TD. That’s where the analysis needs to be.

HighTech

April 13th, 2012
11:32 am

Mike Holmgren must be a kung fu panda just like Bill Belichick.

George Stein

April 13th, 2012
11:38 am

It does appear that way, HighTech.

yeller bug

April 13th, 2012
11:53 am

GS: Don’t recall that play with Clemson, but the exact play that you described happened with UVA game as well–a pass to O. Smith over the middle was so overthrown to be an INT.

Tech is a top 5 rushing team nationally. A few tweaks to our passing game will yield huge results. Like a subtle adjustment to a golf swing—you can go from spraying balls all over the place to hittin’em down the middle. I think our air attack is close. If we get our pass completion % up 10 points from 47 to 57%—then we’ll be averaging close to 500 yds of offense every game. Our YPC will drop, but who cares about that–we’ll be moving the chains all game long. Maybe keep TW and Days as run 1st pass 2nd QBs and train Lee to be pass 1st/run 2nd. The goal is to be equally competent in both, but have them start with one and grow toward the other. Implement more high % pass plays–e.g. throw short curl routes to A-backs or whatever. We have the long ball threat and opposing teams respect that–I think improving our short passing game–even just a little will produce the biggest dividends to our offense as it will improve the running game as well.

now i am totally stunned....

April 13th, 2012
12:02 pm

i imagine mel kiper and all the top football analyst’s will be there to. did they not invite WnE? that has to be a big mistake.

maybe they were afraid he would latch on to somebody else not named paul johnson. of course we all know that WnE has a thing for johnsons. that ol love hate thing.

carry on weenie. ill have some fries with my burg….

5150 UOAD

April 13th, 2012
12:06 pm

WHY wasn’t Orson Charles invited to the NFL Draft?

GT Lee

April 13th, 2012
12:08 pm

maybe he has to be in court that day, 5150…..

5150 UOAD

April 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

LEE are you saying he catches charges as well as 35:55minute Murray passes?

dawgfan

April 13th, 2012
12:51 pm

“WHY wasn’t Orson Charles invited to the NFL Draft?”

I guess hauling in 5 catches for 95 yards against Georgia Tech doesn’t impress anyone. I can’t say I disagree. Your football program is a complete and utter joke.

Thanks.

gtfan

April 13th, 2012
1:00 pm

Congrats to Steven Hill. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the invitation as he dropped it getting it out of the mailbox.

Jimmy Crack

April 13th, 2012
1:12 pm

I hope not, but Hill (and maybe Randle) may be the only ones of that group who won’t get drafted in the 1st Round, depending on any runs on OL and CB. Stephen’s rawness may get him picked at the top of the 2nd (still very good for his inexperience), but the QB-protecting big uglies always get a strong look in the 1st Round and 3 CBs may become the norm in new NFL defenses.

GT Lee

April 13th, 2012
1:17 pm

Hey dwagfan, the fries are burning and the men’s room needs cleaning…….

GT Lee

April 13th, 2012
1:17 pm

dwagfan, YOU are a complete and utter TROLL

WnE

April 13th, 2012
1:22 pm

please be nice to my boyfriend dawgfan……..he suffers from pee-pee envy

5150 UOAD

April 13th, 2012
1:25 pm

LEE don’t worry dwagfan is mostly working on the Heisman campaigns of “35:55minute” Murray, “Pass the J” Crowell, and “What is my Position” Mitchell. he doesn’t have time to check the fries or lick the toilets clean right now.