NFL Draft Profile: WR Stephen Hill

After looking at Marvin McNutt yesterday, today I’ll break down a receiver who is almost the exact opposite, although you wouldn’t know it from their similar size. Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill is another big outside threat the Colts have lacked, built like another former Yellow Jacket: Calvin Johnson. While Hill may need to bulk up some to reach Johnson’s monstrous build, his physical abilities give him a very high ceiling, one that could pay big dividends for the Colts if they choose to take a chance on him.

Pros

  • Very good size at 6’4″, 215 lbs. May want to bulk up to 220-230 in order to use it more to his advantage.
  • Great athleticism and speed (a blazing 4.36 forty time at the NFL Combine) make him a great downfield threat
  • Good tracking of the ball and catching with his hands away from his body (again, good downfield advantage)
  • Fantastic run blocker due to his playing in GT’s run-option system

Cons

  • Has some concentration issues, resulting in some easy drops (a la Garcon 2009-2010)
  • Not much experience or natural skill in route running, again due to GT’s system. Ran only basic routes which were generally deep (corner, post, streak/fly)
  • Struggles to read coverages and find holes in zones

How He Fits With the Colts

Hill would be a gamble for the Colts, one that, traditionally, the Colts would be unwilling to take. Hill represents a phenomenal athelete that has unlimited potential, but one that is extremely raw in the technical skills for a wide receiver. For the Colts, it all depends on whether they have faith in their new staff, especially WR coach Charlie Williams (who coached Hakeem Nicks and Greg Little at UNC), to be able to effectively teach Hill the more technical skills of route running and reading coverages. 

That all being said, Hill would be an excellent fit across from Reggie Wayne (and Austin Collie in the slot) due to his tremendous ability to stretch the field. He would be a downfield weapon that the Colts currently do not possess, and if he falls out of the first round (where his excellen combine may have pushed him), he’ll be a player that the Colts front office will certainly have their eye on, if he falls all the way through the second, he would be a steal. 

Health Check

Hill had a minor hip injury, but it didn’t affect his combine performance at all, and he shows nothing that will translate to the NFL.

Statistics:

Season Receptions Yards TDs
2009 6 137 1
2010 15 291 3
2011 28 820 5

Combine Results:

Height: 6′ 4″

Weight: 215 lbs.

40 yd. dash: 4.36 seconds (Tied for 1st among WRs, 2nd overall)

Bench Press: 14 reps (Tied for 22 among WRs)

Vertical Jump: 39.5 in. (Tied for 4th among WRs, 5th overall)

Broad Jump: 133 in. (1st among WRs, 1st overall)

3-cone Drill: 6.88 sec. (Tied for 9th among WRs)

20 yd. Shuttle: 4.48 sec. (25th among WRs)

60 yd. Shuttle: 11.43 sec. (9th among WRs)

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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