Hill sole Tech player chosen in draft

The third and final day of the NFL draft transpired without any Georgia Tech selections, leaving wide receiver Stephen Hill the only Yellow Jackets draftee for this year. Hill was picked in the second round by the New York Jets on Friday.

It was the second year in a row that Tech produced one draft pick. In 2011, the Baltimore Ravens took B-back Anthony Allen in the seventh round.

It may be the case that no Tech players will be signed as undrafted free agents, as well. Just before 9 p.m., defensive end Jason Peters, defensive tackle Logan Walls and A-back Roddy Jones had not been contacted by any NFL teams about signing as undrafted free agents. The agent for A-back Embry Peeples said he had not have a deal, either. Three other hopefuls, linebacker Steven Sylvester, wide receiver Tyler Melton and safety Rashaad Reid, could not be reached.

SI.com draft expert Tony Pauline said prior to the draft that Jones, Peters and Sylvester were the three likeliest Tech players to get picked up.

They might take hope from former teammate Kevin Cone. The former Tech wide receiver went unsigned after the 2011 draft until three days prior to the opening of the Falcons training camp. Cone made the practice squad and then the active roster late in the season.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

112 comments Add your comment

Tech89

April 28th, 2012
9:46 pm

Dawg48

April 28th, 2012
9:55 pm

Dawg48

April 28th, 2012
9:55 pm

Nothing wrong with silver!

Mateo

April 28th, 2012
10:16 pm

What every Bulldawg fan says!

Dawg48

April 28th, 2012
10:22 pm

Mateo
April 28th, 2012
10:16 pm

What every Bulldawg fan says!

Not to a Tech fan in football buddy!

Mama Says

April 28th, 2012
10:31 pm

King arrested in Minnesoooota.

And the Dawg tradition continues.

P. Bull Terrier

April 28th, 2012
10:52 pm

I’m not sure which is worse Mama Says. Even Georgia’s rejects, like King, are good enough for the NFL to take a chance on them. Tech players are so unloved lately, the police wouldn’t even bother to arrest them.

Seriously though, the lack of respect for Tech players by the NFL can’t be good for recruiting. Even a lot of us Georgia fans want to see Tech do a better job in recruiting, if for no other reason than to keep a few players who don’t go to Georgia from ending up at Auburn, South Carolina, Vandy, etc.

GT GRAD

April 28th, 2012
11:02 pm

I think the Atlanta Falcons should sign Roddy Jones…………………..he is already better than Nance and Smith. He is a high character person with solid skills as a running back and he catches the ball well on pass routes. I would imagine he would also be very effective on special teams.

Personally, I would rather have Roddy Jones running the ball than Turner; at least Roddy has a chance to break one for a long TD when the opportunity presents itself (he has pretty good speed and fresh legs)!!

Lack of respect?

April 28th, 2012
11:09 pm

“Seriously though, the lack of respect for Tech players by the NFL can’t be good for recruiting.”

Ummm…heard of Calvin Johnson? The best receiver in the NFL atm? 8 year contract worth 130 million?

Yah that sure sounds like a lack of respect to me as well…mhmmm

/sarcasm

Try again or move on idiot.

GTBob

April 28th, 2012
11:12 pm

Seriously though, the lack of respect for Tech players by the NFL can’t be good for recruiting.

Of all of Tech’s recruiting problems, NFL potential isn’t really one of them.

Dawg48

April 28th, 2012
11:14 pm

Yes GT put a great WR in the NFL, I don’t think he was discrediting CJ just saying more of the lack of number of players being drafted not the quality of the ones that were.

Outside Observer

April 29th, 2012
12:17 am

I also think it was aimed more towards the lack of quality players since Paul Johnson has started recruiting. Anthony Allen was a transfer, so I don’t know if you can really count him as a CPJ recruit. With Steven Hill, that makes one Paul Johnson recruit drafted in two years. Kevin Cone was also a transfer, who went undrafted, but was signed to the Falcons 53 man roster.

The Dude

April 29th, 2012
12:27 am

This is CPJ’s 5th season at GT. So any players he recruited that redshirted would be seniors this year… for those who can count. Aside from isolated incidences, Tech hasn’t consistently produced non-senior draftees. While a single player being drafted two years in a row seems like few, the respect factor comes into play with the number of non-drafted free agents from GT that get signed. There are still plenty of guys in the NFL from Tech, and they’re not all old. Open up that magnifying glass a bit.

FL Jacket

April 29th, 2012
12:34 am

Interesting…

Not surprised to see the professional anonymous haters discredit CPJ. His only 2 recruiting classes eligible for the NFL Draft netted 1 high 2nd round pick. The quality of the next few classes were significantly better than the first 2 classes (as is the case with the vast majority of coaches)…so predict all you want that he can’t recruit good players…he’ll be putting more player’s in the league.

WnE

April 29th, 2012
12:39 am

re:
FL Jacket

April 29th, 2012
12:34 am

Interesting…

Not surprised to see the professional anonymous haters discredit CPJ. His only 2 recruiting classes eligible for the NFL Draft netted 1 high 2nd round pick. The quality of the next few classes were significantly better than the first 2 classes (as is the case with the vast majority of coaches)…so predict all you want that he can’t recruit good players…he’ll be putting more player’s in the league.
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Please list all the future GT NFL guys that are “locks” to be NFL draftees?

WnE

April 29th, 2012
12:40 am

As good as Orwin Smith is, he’s tweener and isn’t a LOCK to get drafted by the NFL.

GT fan

April 29th, 2012
12:51 am

Per ESPN’s Draft Tracker (Schools tab) UCLA had ZERO players drafted out of 13 listed (GT had 1 drafted of 4 listed).

USC had just 3 of their 11 listed players get drafted. I guess UCLA should shut down their football program, and USC should reevaluate theirs, eh UGA fans?

Utah State had 60% of their 5 listed players get drafted. Maybe they should be playing in the SEC?

Something tells me though, that UCLA & USC will still be viewed as FAR SUPERIOR programs than Utah State. But San Diego State (4 of 10 drafted), UCLA & USC got work to do to reach the Aztecs’ level!

GIVE ME A BREAK

April 29th, 2012
12:55 am

King will tell you that being in the NFL doesn’t equate to success.

GT fan

April 29th, 2012
12:59 am

WnE …

Auburn only had 1 of their 7, and Tenn only had 1 of their 6 listed players get drafted. Think you need to tell us all how bad they’re recruiting is too. Time for the Tigers & Vols to join the ACC. Their programs are terrible!

FL Jacket

April 29th, 2012
1:09 am

“Please list all the future GT NFL guys that are “locks” to be NFL draftees?”

WnE…just for you I’ll list the Tech players in order of who’ll likely get drafted out of the next group of Seniors and Juniors…

Omoregie Uzzi
Jeremiah Attaochu
Louis Young
Rod Sweeting
Will Jackson
T.J. Barnes (will likely depend on his Senior year)

I could predict the younger guys as well, but there’s too much uncertainty with Freshman and Sophmores.

P. Bull Terrier

April 29th, 2012
1:47 am

Tech has only one player drafted this year and only one recruit committed for next year and the guy calling himself “Lack of respect?” thinks that the fact that Calvin Johnson played for Tech a few years ago is evidence to dispute my observation that “the lack of respect for Tech players by the NFL can’t be good for recruiting.”

Seriously? And you want to call me an idiot?

Calvin Johnson being a great WR didn’t help Jones, Peters and Sylvester get drafted. Calvin Johnson signing a 130 million dollar contract hasn’t resulted in a bunch of recruits lining up to commit to Tech next year either.

The simple fact is that the NFL looked at Tech’s players for two years in a row and was only willing to risk a draft pick on one each year. You can debate the reason for the lack of NFL picks all you want, but it is obvious that playing for Tech isn’t doing much to help players get drafted lately. It is possible that the lack of NFL draft picks isn’t doing anything to hurt Tech’s recruiting, but I can’t imagine it is doing anything to help it either.

Try again or move on idiot.

Steve Spurrier

April 29th, 2012
2:00 am

Caleb King looks like Tracy Morgan?

WnE

April 29th, 2012
2:28 am

re:
FL Jacket

April 29th, 2012
1:09 am

“Please list all the future GT NFL guys that are “locks” to be NFL draftees?”

WnE…just for you I’ll list the Tech players in order of who’ll likely get drafted out of the next group of Seniors and Juniors…

Omoregie Uzzi
Jeremiah Attaochu
Louis Young
Rod Sweeting
Will Jackson
T.J. Barnes (will likely depend on his Senior year)

I could predict the younger guys as well, but there’s too much uncertainty with Freshman and Sophmores.
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I ask you for guys that are LOCKS to get drafted and you come back with guys that are likely to get drafted.

But I’ll play along anyway.

Uzzi is an injury-prone under sized OG (by NFL stds.) with very little on-film proof that he is a good pass blocker, you can thank CPJ’s system for that BTW. IMO he is a 6th round draft pick at best, more likely a 7th round draft pick or FA camp invitee.

There are too many guys that are bigger & more athletic than Uzzi that will get drafted as an OG in the 4th thru 7th rounds.

Will Jackson has NO SHOT to be an NFL draft pick next April, you sound almost delusional to mention his name as an NFL draftee, he doesn’t have the SIZE nor the raw athleticism to justify such a pick and as a Triple-OPtion OL he won’t have the on-film proof that he can pass-block to make an NFL GM draft him rather than give him a FA camp invitation.

GT fans love to think that Attachou is some can’t miss NFL type guy ala Jarvis Jones (OLB) up at UGA, but the truth is, is that he isn’t as athletic as the GT fanbase thinks he is, he’s about 4.7 guy at 235-240lbs.; he’ll have to have a monster year or 2 years to even get drafted in the 4th round, plus his game has flaws that NFL GMs can see on film. With Attachou’s size & speed he’ll have to technically perfect as a LB to get into the Top-3 rounds, if not it is a crapshoot as to how late he’ll get drafted.

Don’t believe me, look at all the guys from this past weekend that have the same or better athleticism as Attachou that did NOT get drafted at LB!

Sweeting & young are likely to get drafted because they play DB and DBs have great versatility for STs, etc. Plus, DBs are needed with more NFL teams going with spread looks that require nickel & dime packages.

Also with small skill guys, they can go to a Combine prep Guru and inflate their draft status more than linemen can, there’s always a sucker GM that will fall for measurables in a shorts & t-shirts rather than going by game film, so that bodes well for skill guys like the 2 DBs you listed.

Young will be gone by the 3rd round since he’s a “big corner” and Sweeting will go anywhere after the 5th round.

Barnes has what might be the worst 3-years of game-film in recent CFB history, he looks horrible on game-film and has NOT been in decent shape in his FOUR YEARS OUT OF HS.

Maybe a GM will take a flyer on his size alone, but Barnes isn’t likely to get drafted at all, maybe a FA camp invite at best.

That’s a pretty paltry list you provided and just shows how crappy CPJ’s Recruiting has been in recent years.

You have to go back to the Bill Curry era to find GT teams with this little talent on them, thanks a lot Coach PJ.

Now you have my opinions!

macrotech

April 29th, 2012
3:01 am

WnE, you asked for a list of “locks” and you got one. You, THEN chewed it up and tossed a few of the names out as rubbish. However, you agreed on a couple of the players because of their positions….I’ve always believed that you are a pissy and bitter old coot frustrated at life; I’m NOW convinced of it! Thank you for the mini-novel!!! Chew on a Midol and suck down some Geritol….you need to embrace some sunshine!

Buddy Landel

April 29th, 2012
6:50 am

Worst possible place for Stephen Hill to go: a receiver with questionable hands, that sometimes doubts himself, going to a team without a decent throwing QB, in the biggest stage in the world NEW YORK, with those fans, THAT coach. Add to that his comments accepting comparisons to Calvin Johnson, and adding Jerry Rice to those comments. This is the perfect storm for epic failure.

hiveredtech

April 29th, 2012
6:59 am

Studies have proven time and again that even at UGA you stand less than a 10% chance of making an NFL roster.

If you are one of the few that make a typical NFL roster….you play an average of 3.2 seasons…the majority of which are just at or above the league $ minimum set by the CBA.

All being said, the average GT graduate will earn more than double in $$$ than the average player in the NFL. At least by graduating from GT you can choose whether you want to become a ton of $$$ or play 3.2 years in the NFL first.

HighTech

April 29th, 2012
7:09 am

Steve Spurrier

April 29th, 2012
2:00 am
Caleb King looks like Tracy Morgan?
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Brian Fellow

Big Ol Stinger

April 29th, 2012
7:21 am

You can take the dwag out of UGA (and put him in Minnesota), but you can’t take the UGA out of the dwag.

Jacket Man

April 29th, 2012
7:46 am

Ending up with the Jets is the best place in the world for Stephen Hill to be drafted…he’s already pegged as a starter from day one, and comes in with expectations of not being the primary receiver on a team that wants to run first, and is known for its great defense. All Stephen has to do is work hard on every play, and catch the balls that are thrown to him. If Stephen does this, he’ll end up being the go-to guy in virtually every situation.

gt4ever

April 29th, 2012
8:03 am

@FL Jacket,

This is just one indicator that supports the dismal recruiting of CPJ… Yes, time will tell, but it doesn’t look good for the home team… The other indicator is that we can’t beat a good team… This year could be a descent year if, and it’s a big IF…. the defense comes around…. There is really NO reason to expect the defense to be any better, but I’m hoping they pull through… Here is to mediocre football, another season of pitch it right, left or run it up the middle…. Oh, yeah throw it 3 times in a row as the 4rth quarter clock winds down….

GTJohn

April 29th, 2012
8:03 am

Sorry to hear about King but it was always in the cards. The kid has had problems since middle school and never should have been at any college, much less UGA. He was just trouble and because of football, got passed along in the system we call education.

Big Ol Stinger

April 29th, 2012
8:29 am

@gt4ever,

You could always drive on out to Athens and pull for the Caleb Kings of the world. I suspect you already do though.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 29th, 2012
8:33 am

Great job Hill, from 99th rated receiver to 2nd round pick in NFL. keep up the good work.
You will be seeing L Young, Sweeting, J Thomas covering you in the NFL soon.

FL Jacket

April 29th, 2012
8:45 am

WnE must have a film vault at home…

1) If Omoregie Uzzi can achieve all-ACC and 2nd team all-American at 6′3″ 300 over the “larger and more athletic” OG who got drafted late…I assure you it’s not because he can’t play.

2) Will Jackson was the #8 OG in the 2009 class and will probably play out his last 2 years of eligibility. He’ll have plenty of game film and at 6′4″ 300 is plenty big enough. You can’t teach his quickness at his size.

3) Louis Young is a big physical CB who likes to run up and hit…he’s most certainly a draft pick.

4) Rod Sweeting is bigger and more physical than Louis Young…and could play Safety at the next level.

5) T.J. Barnes is a prototypical sized 3-4 DT, who’s main issue is his motor and conditioning. He just has to prove he can have both and he’ll be drafted.

6) Jeremiah Attaochu…for someone who says game film will decide the fate of certain guys…but then you say in essence…”don’t get fooled by Attaochu’s game film”. Huh? He’s a pass rush threat, is aggressive against the run, and is big enough to play in the NFL.

5150 UOAD

April 29th, 2012
8:57 am

WnE
Man Up
Show Up
or
Shut Up

Jim 70

April 29th, 2012
9:06 am

Are the six players mentioned going to graduate? Hopefully so.

I would be willing to bet that ten years after their senior year, tech players are much more successful than uga players. Having players make the NFL is good, but having the rest get good jobs in definitely more important.

Jim 70

April 29th, 2012
9:08 am

“is definitely more important”. Don’t like typing on an iPad!

5150 UOAD

April 29th, 2012
9:16 am

Jim 70 you don’t like typing on an iPad try posting using Furman Bisher’s Typewriter.

Topp Dogg

April 29th, 2012
9:41 am

One player from GT is equal to one player from GSU, any questions?

Techster

April 29th, 2012
9:43 am

There is a reason high school prospects are given stars. According to people qualified to rate talent, the higher the rating, the better the player’s potential at the next level. They rate size, speed, strength, quickness, you name it. So, it only makes sense that the better the talent entering college, the more likely those players will move on the the next level as well, assuming good instruction and nutrition and coaching are provided. All Tech coaches need to do is recruit more capable talent out of high school (can you say 4-star and 5-star?) and the rest will take care of itself.

Topp Dogg

April 29th, 2012
9:46 am

Roddy Jones couldnt carry Turners jock strap not even today.

HighTech

April 29th, 2012
9:49 am

Topp Dogg

April 29th, 2012
9:41 am
One player from GT is equal to one player from GSU, any questions?
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Yes. What are you talking about? Are you saying because they run similar offenses, one player from GT is equal to one player from Georgia Southern?

Or, are you saying because GT had one player drafted and Georgia State had one player drafted they are equal? Is a 2nd round pick equal to a 6th round pick? Is so, then maybe you are right.

BLT

April 29th, 2012
9:49 am

And Topp Dogg knows all about jock straps!

Experienced One

April 29th, 2012
9:57 am

A better question to consider: With UGA’s repeated success with having players drafted, why does this caliber talent have a greater success rate on the field???

hey WnE dont you

April 29th, 2012
10:16 am

have some friesto make or toilets to clean?

we all know that you have man love for paul and vad. have you decided which one you want for your bbf yet?

far as the jackets go… we were the 2nd youngest team in the entire ncaa. for you dawgs and Weenie who cant comprehend numbers….. a young team wont have many seniors to draft.

unlike uga most of our players have the option to finish college unlike players like caleb dumb dumb king.

hey weenie why dont you stalk caleb. i am sure he would reciprocate.

er ah Topp Dogg

April 29th, 2012
10:19 am

there is only on e p in top and only one g in dog. thought you should know!

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Major Minor

April 29th, 2012
10:56 am

Because of the DIFFERENT type of player that Tech recruits for offense, I don’t see them having very many drafted in the near future…..maybe in another year the defense will produce a few DB’s and a LB or 2 but not too much along the line

Glass houses

April 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Jarvaris Crittenton , murderer and Didn’t a tech Player just recently get into a fight at a fraternity house?

@experienced one

April 29th, 2012
11:54 am

UGA has 2nd most wins in SEC over past 11 years, 9 top 25 finishes , 6 top ten finishes, 5 SEC east titles, 2 SEC titles, 3 BCS bowl appearances, 2 bcs bowl wins, finished in top 5, 3 times,would you like to compare those number to what tech has achieved in the past 45 years. Tech would be best served trying to compare its program to one other than Georgia.