Tech’s Hill slips out of first round

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill slipped out of the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. Many draft projections pegged Hill, who left Tech after his junior season, to go to San Francisco at the No. 30 spot. The 49ers did take a wide receiver, but it was Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins, projected as an early second-round choice. Overall, four wide receivers were taken in the first round – Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon to Jacksonville at No. 5, Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd to St. Louis Arizona at No. 13, Baylor’s Kendall Wright to Tennessee at No. 20 and Jenkins.

Hill, invited to New York for the draft, will likely go early in the second round, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday. The first 10 picks of the second round – St. Louis, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Denver, Cleveland, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Carolina, Buffalo and Miami. Hill visited with the Ravens prior to the draft. (He also reportedly visited with the New York Jets, Philadelphia, Tennessee and Minnesota.) With the exception of Jacksonville, which took Blackmon in the first round, the other nine teams have a need at wide receiver to one degree or another and could select Hill. Another team could also trade up to take Hill.

A few intriguing landing spots are Indianapolis, where Hill could pair with first overall pick Andrew Luck; Denver, where he could line up opposite former Jackets star Demaryius Thomas and catch passes from Peyton Manning; Carolina, where he could become the go-to guy of Cam Newton, another Atlanta product; and Buffalo, where he would be coached by former Tech coach Chan Gailey and be a teammate of his former quarterback, Bills safety Joshua Nesbitt.

An interesting post script to the Jenkins pick. My thanks to a Twitter follower who noted that Gailey recruited Jenkins out of Jacksonville, Fla., and received a commitment from him in the summer of 2007, but he de-committed in the fall. (confirmed on Jenkins” Rivals page) Interesting to think what might have happened if he’d kept his commitment and then maintained it after the coaching change. The other great part about Jenkins’ page? He was the No. 53 wide receiver in the country that year. (Floyd was No. 6 and Blackmon was No. 91. Wright was the No. 64 “athlete.” Julio Jones and A.J. Green were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. In 2009, Hill was No. 99.)

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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FL Jacket

April 26th, 2012
11:18 pm

Extra night in NYC Stephen Hill…party it up on the NFL’s dime!

WnE

April 27th, 2012
12:01 am

re:
FL Jacket

April 26th, 2012
11:18 pm

Extra night in NYC Stephen Hill…party it up on the NFL’s dime!
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I think Mr. Hill would rather have gotten drafted earlier putting himself in position to make millions more in signing bonus money rather than partying it up on the NFLs dime for one more night.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
12:20 am

You’re right, he should fire Terrance Mathis immediately

yeller bug

April 27th, 2012
12:20 am

Dang high school offense ruined it for him! Maybe the Secret Service can give him some tips on picking up women while in NY another day.

WnE

April 27th, 2012
12:25 am

re:
FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
12:20 am

You’re right, he should fire Terrance Mathis immediately
_______________

WHY would he do that?

Terrance Mathis only had him for 3-weeks; CPJ had him for THREE YEARS!

Who do you think deserves the lions share of the BLAME?

GTBob

April 27th, 2012
12:27 am

Who do you think deserves the lions share of the BLAME?

I think Hill dropping a bunch of wide open passes is the reason he didn’t go in the 1st round. If you want to blame that on CPJ then go ahead. Hopefully he goes high in the second round.

yeller bug

April 27th, 2012
12:29 am

I hope Hill goes to Denver—what irony—two receivers from a run-oriented college team end up with the most prolific passer in the NFL.

GTBob

April 27th, 2012
12:32 am

I hope Hill goes to Denver—what irony—two receivers from a run-oriented college team end up with the most prolific passer in the NFL.

If that happened and Peyton came in threw like he used to then that would be pretty great publicity for GT. You know it would be mentioned plenty of times where they came from.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
12:32 am

“Who do you think deserves the lions share of the BLAME?”

Because according to you, the only reason SH became a 1st round talent was Terrance Mathis. Unless you want to retract that statement?

yeller bug

April 27th, 2012
12:45 am

I agree GTBob. The analogous joke in the Tarheel state was who was the only person to hold Michael Jordan below 20 ppg in B-ball? Answer: Dean Smith, coach of UNC. Jordan credits Smith for teaching him to play D and be a complete player. DT and SH are complete players thanks to their developed blocking skills at GT. I think it’d be great for GT football and I hope we get a QB (hopefully Lee) that can exploit such WR talent in the future.

Golden White

April 27th, 2012
12:46 am

And all this time I thought those NFL scouts were so impressed by his height, weight, speed, jumping abilities and his outstanding results in all them little test. I guess they actually looked at some game film too.
The Yellow Jackets will not miss Stephen Hill come kick off this Fall.

GTGreg

April 27th, 2012
1:11 am

here comes wrecktum effect with his garbage. dude, doesn’t it make you miserable to realize that you’ve been trolling your own team for like 3 years?

CPJ's I-Pod Playlist

April 27th, 2012
1:29 am

Hey Stephen, here’s some music that is fitting considering what happened tonight :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FN89jWaw8s

Your truly,

CPJ

CPJ's I-Pod Playlist

April 27th, 2012
1:31 am

Hey Stephen, this is CPJ again, I think you better call your agent and talk to him like this WR talks to his AGENT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTFJocQBLyE

yours truly,

CPJ

CPJ's I-Pod Playlist

April 27th, 2012
2:23 am

Hey Stephen, your favorite HC here again, here another musical selection that you were probably thinking about as you waited all that time to hear your name called;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb9By-lODgk

Yours truly,

CPJ

CPJ's I-Pod Playlist

April 27th, 2012
2:28 am

I still love you Stephen, your favorite HC here, another song from my I-pod playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVA1xRrWBuk&feature=related

I’m giving you good advice Stephen to make up for not teaching you how to play WR.

Yours truly,

CPJ

CPJ's I-Pod Playlist

April 27th, 2012
2:40 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kYof7CK378

still thinking about you buddy

always your HC,

CPJ

jerek

April 27th, 2012
3:33 am

Michael Floyd was drafted by the cardinals not the rams, they shuld proof read there article

5150 UOAD

April 27th, 2012
3:38 am

jerek They “shuld proof read there” article. Please tell me you did that on purpose!
they SHOULD PROOFREAD THEIR article.

CPJ's I-Pod Playlist

April 27th, 2012
5:04 am

You know Stephen I really care about my players, and I’m sure you’ll get drafted today.

Just hold on Stephen.

Here’s another musical selection from my I-Pod playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIbXvaE39wM

Still thinking about you Stephen, stay strong and hold on, for just one more day………….

Always,

CPJ

CPJ's I-Pod Playlist

April 27th, 2012
5:04 am

You know Stephen I really care about my players, and I’m sure you’ll get drafted today.

Just hold on Stephen.

Here’s another musical selection from my I-Pod playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIbXvaE39wM

Still thinking about you Stephen, stay strong and hold on, for just one more day………….

Always,

CPJ

Dutchanfernee

April 27th, 2012
5:35 am

St. Louis did not draft Floyd at 13. They traded their pick to the Cowboys and took Michael Brockers at 14. You should fact check.

bob

April 27th, 2012
6:24 am

somebody was not reading san fran sports news. hill was never mentioned as a 49er chioce. hmmm

GT71

April 27th, 2012
7:12 am

Hill should have slipped into a Tech jersey this past spring and again this fall. Not ready for prime time. Don’t wish the young man ill, but any dispassionate or objective viewer – and the NFL guys are all that – would tell you, he needs another year.
If he turns out to be as fabulous as he thinks he is, he’ll make that big pot-full of money after going 3 years or so with those only making about $1mill/yr….poor baby.

not Logan Booker

April 27th, 2012
7:20 am

Boy, if we’re blaming coaches every time they don’t turn the 99th best prospect at a position group into a first round draft pick there’s going to be a lot of blame going around.

GT

April 27th, 2012
7:29 am

The dropped passed when he was wide open heading to the house against UNC last year is the one that stands out. He gets nervous and gets the drops. I was always surprised his speed was so good. It seemed to take him forever to come around the end on those end around reverses. Maybe he is so tall he can’t cut well and has to round off deep into the backfield, but he just never looked like a speed demon. That said I remember Thomas dropping a wide open pass against Georgia in Atlanta, stopping a last minute drive. But with Thomas you kind of knew you had a monster brewing, this Hill thing was totally out of left field.

dagnabit

April 27th, 2012
7:29 am

Well; Hill won’t be carrying any sheetrock this fall, so he’s ahead of me.

c-smoov

April 27th, 2012
7:46 am

Some of you idiots are a joke. What fool in his right mind would go back to GT if you are about to make MILLIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! First round/second round does not matter!!!!!!!!!!! You are talking about MILLIONS like it is chump change or something!!!!!!!!! Does anybody on here make MILLIONS!!!!!! Thought so!!!!! He was INVITED to NY. He didn’t crash the party! Obviously the NFL, which matters, recognizes his talents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

atlxman

April 27th, 2012
8:12 am

dropped passes is not the reason his stock is dropping. every receiver will drop passes from time to time.. its having to play in pj mostly run offense. pj has cost millions for bay bay and nesbitt…

Neil

April 27th, 2012
8:14 am

They sure didn’t have a clue on blackmon.

atlxman

April 27th, 2012
8:15 am

would have done him no good to stay. he had learn as much as pj could teach him at that position. pretty sure he learned most of it that in high school. so he did what was best for him which was leave and try to cash in on a draft where he is bigger and faster than the receivers that were drafted ahead of him.

Stumpknocker

April 27th, 2012
8:17 am

He wouldn’t be in NY invited to the NFL draft if someone didn’t believe in him………RIGHT WeeNe ????

John Heisman.......

April 27th, 2012
8:29 am

@WnE…Your never ending envy of GT is amazing. Was it the fact that you weren’t admitted because of academic deficiency or was it the fact that you weren’t man enough to handle the course load ?? Your envy is a major compliment to the Institute and I’m sure you speak for Jailyard Dwags everywhere.. Envy On……

yeller bug

April 27th, 2012
8:32 am

Financially speaking—what’s the difference between a mid 1st round and a mid-second round draft pick in terms of salary and bonuses and is that difference worth staying a poor college student another year?

I disagree atlxman, Tech does have a feature receiver in their run-oriented offense and Hill would have been that this year. If he actually caught all the catchable balls thrown to him, he’d have about 40 catches for his senior year and since many are long passes, his stats would have presented him well.

The Grinch

April 27th, 2012
8:32 am

c-smoov
April 27th, 2012
7:46 am

Feel better now? Your overuse of exclamation points reeeeeeeeally drove home your message, now didn’t it? Yessirree, we ALL know you meant business.

Oops.

I mean, we all know you meant business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fan

April 27th, 2012
8:33 am

When Hill first declared most doggie fans said he wouldn’t get drafted…remember? Now those same fools are talking about how terrible it is that he “slipped” to the top half of the 2nd round. A 2nd round choice means he is projected to be a high quality, starting receiver in the NFL, and get paid a few million a year. Leave it to the dog fans to sound really stupid…that is as reliable as the sun rising in the East.

The Grinch

April 27th, 2012
8:35 am

On blogs like these there’s just no winning. Since Hill doesn’t get selected in the 1st round then CPJ gets blasted for not coaching him up to the NFL level. However, if he DID go in the 1st round CPJ gets blasted for not properly utilizing his talent while at GT. Ironic, isn’t it?

The Grinch

April 27th, 2012
8:36 am

fan
April 27th, 2012
8:33 am

I know a lot of GT fans who didn’t think he’d get drafted either.

FL Jacket

April 27th, 2012
8:38 am

“Now those same fools are talking about how terrible it is that he “slipped” to the top half of the 2nd round.”

Grinch…

Nobody re-writes the narrative like Dwag fans!

Neil

April 27th, 2012
8:53 am

Grinch
PJ should be blasted for his 14-12 record over the past 2 seasons, that includes wins over duke(twice) mid tenn (twice) s carolina st and w carolina! Those power houses yielded 43% of the wins!

HIll's HIgh School Coach

April 27th, 2012
8:54 am

To all the fools on here that are downing HIll. I guess you never been to a GT practice. They MAY spend 10% of their practice catching the rest is blocking blocking blocking. So yes you will drop some balls when you not catching them during the week. Mr. Hill will be a star. He’s ready and hungry get ready NFL. Get your popcorn ready. Steve we proud of you at MIller Grove we’ll see you when you get back

BigTimeTechFan

April 27th, 2012
9:08 am

I Agree with Hill’s HS School coach.
I don’t care if Hill goes in the 12 round, He’s a good guy and a Tech guy so I will pull for his success.
By the way, you have to give credit to Hill HS’s coach, Hill is a WR that is willing to do whatever it takes to win, sure he would like ball more, but handled his roll of blocking and be decoy for runs well and that attitude had to begin with his HS coaching

Big Crimson 75

April 27th, 2012
9:10 am

I was hoping Detroit was gonna pick Hill & team him with Megatron!!
Congrats to T-Rich on going #3, where you deserved to go!! — Thank God the Bucs didn’t take you!!
Unfortunately, the Yucs took Mark Barron.
Also, Congrats to Dont’A Hightower — taken by NE @ 24!!
I’m not the biggest Kirkpatrick fan, but congrats anyway on being selected by the Bengals.
As for Upshaw — You shouldn’t have been 15 lbs overweight @ Bama’s Pro-Day.

Ol' Butter Hands

April 27th, 2012
9:10 am

I’ll bet Hill is replaying all those dropped balls in his head right now…

Reaction

April 27th, 2012
9:12 am

Stephen Hill’s reaction to being passed over.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee925OTFBCA

Boaters Beware!

April 27th, 2012
9:13 am

His first purchase with that NFL contract will be to purchase a boat and hire Drummond as the full time Captain

WnE

April 27th, 2012
9:15 am

re:
The Grinch

April 27th, 2012
8:35 am

On blogs like these there’s just no winning. Since Hill doesn’t get selected in the 1st round then CPJ gets blasted for not coaching him up to the NFL level. However, if he DID go in the 1st round CPJ gets blasted for not properly utilizing his talent while at GT. Ironic, isn’t it?
________________

If you’re an Offensive Genius like the GT fanbase claims that CPJ is, then you find a way to get MORE out of a guy that has Randy Moss-type physical talents.

26 catches in 12 reg season games is laughable.

6-4 215lbs. that runs a 4.36 forty and has a vertical of 40 inches.

He’s got Julio Jones/AJ Green type measurables, but since he played in CPJ’s crappy Offense, he gets drafted much later than those 32 guys did (4th & 6th overall).

When Nick Saban & CMR had AJ & Julio they “didn’t blow it” (both were Top-7 Draft picks) , CPJ had S. Hill and he falls out of the first round, the clear trend is obvious.

CPJ the guy that gets credit of doing more with less, had MORE in this isolated situation and failed greatly.

The FOUR WRs taken ahead of Hill so far are not only SMALLER than Hill but are also SLOWER than Hill!

Imagine that, in a league where measurables are so important, NFL GMs saw the gimmicky offense that Hill played in at GT, and decided to draft SMALLER. SLOWER WRs than Hill.

That right there is chilling indictment as to what NFL GMs think about CPJ’s gimmicky Offense!

You did everything you could Mr, Hill, it is not your fault, the fault lies with the HC that you signed with coming out of HS.

Uninvited Houseguest

April 27th, 2012
9:17 am

Once he buys his mansion, hopefully he won’t invite Tyler Kidney over or Kidney might start ripping the pictures off the wall and start swinging on Hill’s posse

BigTimeTechFan

April 27th, 2012
9:20 am

“If you’re an Offensive Genius like the GT fanbase claims that CPJ is, then you find a way to get MORE out of a guy that has Randy Moss-type physical talents.”

But you also say Coach Johnson can’t recruit talented player to GT because of the offense he runs.
How do you explain that?

Uninvited Houseguest

April 27th, 2012
9:20 am

“Financially speaking—what’s the difference between a mid 1st round and a mid-second round draft pick in terms of salary and bonuses”

The difference is that being a 1st round pick makes it easier pay for the damage to your house if you make the mistake of inviting Tyler Kidney over for a party