Hill goes to Jets

He was initially told he didn’t have the potential to be drafted in the first three rounds, then was projected to go somewhere late in the first round. Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill ended up being selected somewhere in between – with the 11th pick of the second round Friday night, to the New York Jets.

Hill bounded out of the green room after the selection, announced by Jets legend Wesley Walker at Radio City Music hall, accepting a green Jets cap before greeting NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Hill goes to a team that let its second-leading wide receiver, Plaxico Burress, become a free agent. After tight end Dustin Keller (65 catches) and wide receiver Santonio Holmes (51 catches), the wide receiver with the most catches returning is Jeremy Kerley with 29 catches.

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Jacketgal

April 27th, 2012
8:13 pm

I wish this young man well! He has great potential

5150 UOAD

April 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

In NY if he does GOOD the media and fans will love but if he does bad the NY media & fans are BRUTAL.

Congrats and best of luck.

Ga Tech Old Timer

April 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

Good Luck Steven!!!

LongTimeTechFan

April 27th, 2012
8:23 pm

Glad Hill has gone pro. He dropped more passes than he caught. Looking forward to seeing new receivers on The Flats this fall.

Jacket Backer

April 27th, 2012
8:25 pm

Good luck Stephen! I thought it was interesting that Kiper and Gruden were talking about the Jets need for a WR that can block and secure the edge for their toss sweeps. Sweet!

Jacket Man

April 27th, 2012
8:25 pm

With Tim Tebow just traded to the Jets, I’m thinking that there was some hope of a Tebow to Thomas like magic that might be there with Stephen when they’re on the field together.

dekalb fan

April 27th, 2012
8:45 pm

@ Long time Tech fan, Mike Mayock has stated several times during his pre draft analysis that Hill had 29 catches and 5 drops. Quite the contrary of what you posted. If you are really a Tech fan then you should be happy for Stephen and the Tech program.

Never mind the fact that he did not have a QB with an arm to speak of while catching passes at Tech. I have ALWAYS stated that he has immense talent and it seems that he continues to repeatedly prove that much to the chagrin of you so called Tech fans.

Stephen we in Dekalb County and the Miller Grove Community are extremely proud of you and we will always support you.

When Stephen excels at the Professional Level, then you so called Tech Fans will say He’s from GT and say it with pride. Make up your mind. Either you support him or you don’t.

GTGreg

April 27th, 2012
8:59 pm

Good luck, Steven! Be sure to come back and keep the GT wide receiver NFL pipeline going!

Techman78

April 27th, 2012
9:06 pm

@dekalb fan- Personally I am a huge Tech fan and I also am a fan of Mr. Hill. He had/has tremendous potential and he has shown it on many occasions. With that being said, he did have some pretty big drops on open passes at Tech. I wish he would have hung around for his senior season as he could have put up unbelievable numbers the upcoming season. Anyway, I am very happy and excited for the young man and getting to hopefully see my favorite non Tech Alum throwing him the ball on Sundays. Tebow to Hill, sounds good to me.

crackbaby

April 27th, 2012
9:13 pm

Rex Ryan is gonna love Stephen Hill!

Ground & pound, then air it out. Hope Stephen can find a good mentor on that team. Braylon Edwards and Plax are less than ideal.

swarmi

April 27th, 2012
9:15 pm

I agree with 78…was looking forward to seeing Lee to Hill. But with the pay for pro players, congrats to him!

pine

April 27th, 2012
9:18 pm

Dekalb fan I too am happy for Steve but don’t build up one player while putting down those who criticize him while at the same time YOU are putting down the QB who made the passes to him. Seems to me that the qb must have had an arm good enough for Hill to catch the ball…Come on man….

jadams

April 27th, 2012
9:26 pm

I guess all tech wrs have to spend a little time with tebow

Jacket Fan

April 27th, 2012
9:57 pm

Good luck to Mr. Hill. With 40 to 45 receptions last year, he would have been a first rounder.

Different subject – when are Grimes and Bard due back for Tech baseball?

Thank you.

BS Patrol

April 27th, 2012
10:29 pm

Didn’t anyone watch this guy play? In addition to the balls that bounced off his chest were the ones he never made an effort to catch. If it was around his knees he didn’t want to get his uniform dirty or even reach down. Overhead? Forget it. Balls A.J. Green,Massaquoi, or CJ would have caught Hill never touched. I dont think he wanted to. This really grated on me,for one. I wouldn’t want him on my team.

Not Disappointed

April 27th, 2012
10:31 pm

I’m excited for Hill! Good luck young man and play hard!!! I could see some Tee Bow Magic brewing between the two!
Rambline Wreck!

West Coast Jacket

April 27th, 2012
10:41 pm

Hill would have benefited from one more year to work on catching passes in traffic and general route running. However, don’t believe anyone who says that he didn’t have some spectacular catches. The one hander against UNC and the long down the middle diving one in the Clemson game were as good as any I saw the entire season. Tech will miss him but also wish him the best.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 27th, 2012
10:51 pm

Tech beats Clemson 6 – 5 in the bottom of the 13th with a HR. YESSSSSSS

North Ave Killer Beez

April 27th, 2012
11:32 pm

With Tevin Wash as your QB, and trying to catch a pass after blocking your @ZZ off for 20 play before recieving a pass HILL did a great job. Thanks for showing up last year. Good luck in the pros.

GTfan2012

April 28th, 2012
12:06 am

Congrats to Stephen Hill. Can’t believe the kids from Illinois and App St. got drafted ahead of him, but middle of 2nd round is still very good.

SoCal_GT_Fan

April 28th, 2012
12:17 am

Congrats to Stephen Hill! I’m a GT alumni and Jets fan so I’m a pretty happy camper.

On another note, Hope you have a thick skin because the NY media is BRUTAL. Jets fans are brutal as well since we have an inferiority complex. I think you’ll understand when our “in-city” rival is the Giants and our most hated rival is the Patriots……… Yeah…. So they’ve been to the Super bowl many times the last few years…… Hence we are so desperate, we still put up with that coach of ours in hopes that he will bring us to the super bowl……

southern bell

April 28th, 2012
12:34 am

Very happy for Hill. Wish he would of stuck around for his senior season, but I wish him the best of luck as a Jet. I just wonder if he is as excited as Tebow is to be a Jet.

GTBob

April 28th, 2012
12:35 am

On another note, Hope you have a thick skin because the NY media is BRUTAL.

NY is Tebow town for the next couple of years. I don’t think Hill will be getting too much attention.

Glad for Hill...BUT

April 28th, 2012
12:36 am

with Sanchez or Tebow throwing passes to him he might be worse off than with Tevin L

steverino

April 28th, 2012
12:40 am

@ BS Patrol…wait now…do the NFL people know about the problems you mentioned? Don’t you think that YOU or SOMEONE should have come forward with this information BEFORE the draft process???!!! Call yourself a football fan, and then let a guy like this fool all of those NFL types while you just SAT on your hands and said NOTHING??!!! I mean sure….you probably posted your observations on this or other non-official forums. But what about sharing what you know with people who could actually DO something??!! This is why the NFL is in so much trouble!!

boykin

April 28th, 2012
2:30 am

BS Patrol: Why wouild it grate on you if your’e a Dog fan you imbecile!!!??? Great pick up for Jets and Sanchize!

Paddy

April 28th, 2012
6:25 am

5150UOAD…….Thanks, I never knew that about NY fans & media. Good call, we all should watch for that now!

Paddy

April 28th, 2012
6:32 am

GTfan2012……You can’t believe a Big 10 receiver went ahead of an ACC receiver in that round? Do you think most football fans have such a low opinion of the Big 10?

GT71

April 28th, 2012
7:20 am

Stop hating on Hill. Guys are right – who knows how good he’ll be with accurate QBs tossing the ball. He is a gamble for anyone, but that’s so true of all these young men.
I’m just happy CPJ can point to someone in the NFL when OPPFOR coaches bring their snide anti-option quips into recruits’ homes.
Hill is gone and September ain’t far off. Go Jackets!

5150 UOAD

April 28th, 2012
9:01 am

SuperS….The Tech game Last night was GREAT. I would love to Sweep Clem&son but have to take 2 of 3 for sure.

Paddy…….NEWS FLASH……UGa fans are Drunk Re&necks.

HighTech

April 28th, 2012
9:07 am

I quit watching the baseball game when Clemson took a 3 run lead in the 9th. I gave up too easily.

GO JACKETS!

HighTech

April 28th, 2012
9:09 am

Very happy for Stephen Hill. Hope he makes the most of his pro career. It will be interesting to watch.

Game Changer

April 28th, 2012
9:37 am

If this draft is not a wake up call to GA fans and the fact we do not have nfl caliber players on offense like our opponents and do not coach them up or improve them over a four year period, they will never figure it out. Why any offensive player would sign with GA with the current makeup being what it is surprises most. 2013 GA will have defensive players drafted but not one offensive player, and it continues. What happened to all the four and five star offensive players that have signed with GA?

Game Changer

April 28th, 2012
9:40 am

Hill was drafted for three reasons: learned how to block in college-huge plus, size, speed

Ga currently has no offensive players projected as nfl caliber, great coaches

BS Patrol

April 28th, 2012
9:57 am

@boykin. Don’t
fan, moron. If he suddenly turns into a silk purse in the NFL I’ll eat my hat.

BS Patrol

April 28th, 2012
10:01 am

That should say, Don’t call me a Dog fan. Somebody needs to get this web site fixed. It’s getting to be a nuisance.

yeller bug

April 28th, 2012
10:08 am

Great deal for Hill although his comments that he will now be in an offense where he’ll get more chances to catch the ball were a bit of a stinger.

I don’t think CPJ saw Hill leaving early….not many saw him going in the first 3 rounds when he declared for the NFL…..so congrats to Hill who exceeded expectations.

Game Changer

April 28th, 2012
10:23 am

Cordy Glenn was CHEATED by GA. Glenn lack of flexibility never corrected at GA. Why any offensive player would sign with GA is questionable. Glenn has not been improved at all. Easy flexibility work and Glenn would be ready for NFL. Will be very tough transition for Glenn, does not get low enough on attack, defenders use leverage on Glenn then agility which Glenn’s lack of flexibility from the waist, hips and knees kill him. GA has no offensive players for the 2013 NFL draft either. The fact that GA tight end is very overrated, dui, pot trouble, who knows what will happen?

Uh, Game Changer...

April 28th, 2012
11:03 am

…I believe Cordy was drafted BEFORE Hill, but don’t let the facts get in the way of a good rant…but you are correct about #7, the tight end – and his lack of “character” finally has caught up with him, as he should have stayed for his senior year and gotten his head on straighter…

GTfan2012

April 28th, 2012
11:08 am

Game Changer,
Well at least Orson Charles didn’t declare for the draft. Its a good thing he’s going back to school for another year. I mean I assume he’s staying in school, b/c he hasn’t been drafted in the first three rounds. Best TE in the SEC, he was a sure fire 1st or 2nd rounder, right? Hmmm… maybe Richt and staff coach ‘em down.

GTfan2012

April 28th, 2012
11:15 am

Paddy,
This is from ESPN… not saying its correct, just saying its opinion out there.
2. San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers drew criticism in the first round when they took wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who wasn’t a first-round pick on some teams’ boards.

HighTech

April 28th, 2012
11:16 am

yeller bug…do you have links to Hill’s comments? I missed that.

HighTech

April 28th, 2012
11:24 am

“I’m ready to give the Jet fans something to scream about,” Hill said after spending the first day of the draft at the Radio City Music Hall green room.

The 6-5, 216-pound Hill gives Sanchez a tall, deep threat that was missing in the Jets’ offense.

“Catching the ball from Mark Sanchez (will be) great,” said Hill, who will replace Plaxico Burress and play opposite Santonio Holmes. “I’m going to make sure I get with him as soon as possible and try to get this roll on.”

Hill’s ability to stretch the field – he averaged 25.5 yards per catch in three seasons – will be a welcomed addition for Gang Green, but he’ll have to make an adjustment from Georgia Tech’s triple-option offensive system to the pros.

“It’s going to be a big transition,” Hill admitted. “I’m ready to go. I’m ready to learn. I’m a quick learner. So I’m ready to see how things unfold.”

Hill, who only had 49 receptions in college, was one of most athletic receivers in the draft. The Jets were enamored by Hill’s leaping ability, which will make him an ideal red-zone threat too. His blocking prowess was another bonus for a team that will emphasize that within their ground-and-pound scheme.

“I can definitely put somebody on the butt,” Hill said. “They liked my physicality a lot.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/jets/2012/04/wr-stephen-hill-i%E2%80%99m-ready-to-give-the-jet-fans-something-to-scream-about

Game Changer

April 28th, 2012
12:23 pm

@UH I am huge fan of Glenn, my point is that Glenn should be coming out ready to compete in the NFL, the simple fact that flexibility and technique were not taken care of properly at GA is detrimental to his early days in NFL. Glenn will turn out fine in my belief but it will take time for flexibility and technique to reach NFL level.

Tight End + Quarterback = One In The Same??

hbcuclassics

April 28th, 2012
12:31 pm

HBCU Classic Sports
2012 Draft Preview:

LB, Cliff Exama, Grambling

http://www.hbcuclassics.com/hbcu_showcase

5150 UOAD

April 28th, 2012
12:35 pm

hbcuclassics…….when I want to watch HBCU….I watch the NBA.

HighTech

April 28th, 2012
12:43 pm

I saw a documentary about the role of players from HBCU’s in the early days of the AFL. Thanks for the link hbcuclassics. There’s alot of history there. Best of luck to Cliff Exama.

Paul Johnson

April 28th, 2012
1:00 pm

Haha, yes, my genius has been confirmed. My offense taught Mr. Hill the skills necessary to be adequate run blocker for a team that has no idea what the forward pass is. Which is great for Hill, as he’ll probably have less chances to catch a ball with Tebow than he did with my brilliant early 20th century playbook.

5150 UOAD

April 28th, 2012
1:08 pm

HT….I think more HBCU players were in the ABA and made that League work.

yeller bug

April 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

High Tech–It’s on the blog of Jets take Hill 2nd Round…his words:

“I feel great, especially now that I’m in an offense where I can catch the ball a little bit more,” Hill said.