Intriguing Mid-Round WR Option

Georgia Tech’s tall speedster, Stephen Hill, said he will interview with the Ravens.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 10:36 am | Categories: 2012 Scouting Combine, Ryan Mink, Uncategorized

Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill is a player that’s projected to go just behind the foursome of big, physical wideouts: Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, Rutger’s Mohamed Sanu, South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffrey and LSU’s Reuben Randle.

But he may have the best size-speed combination of all of them, and believes he’s better.

That could make him an interesting option for the Ravens if they don’t go with a first-round wide receiver. Hill said he had a formal interview scheduled with Baltimore.

“There’s going to be a lot of competition,” Hill said on Friday, adding that he hasn’t really spoken to his fellow wideout prospects. “A lot of the guys are cool, but I’m going out trying to run the fastest 40.”

Hill did just that on Sunday. He blazed a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash, which by far was the fastest at the combine yet. He had a 4.31 in his second attempt, so it’s legit.

Combine that speed with Hill’s 6-foot-4 size and Hill is suddenly intriguing prospect that may get more second looks around the NFL.

He doesn’t have the stats of his peers (28 receptions, 820 yards, five touchdowns), but that’s also affected by Georgia Tech’s option offense that stresses the run.

There’s been a number of big Georgia Tech wide receivers in the NFL, including most recently Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, a player many pundits linked to the Ravens two years ago.

Thomas had a slow start and was plagued by injuries early in his NFL career, but began to stand out at the end of last season (he caught the game-winning touchdown against Pittsburgh in the playoffs).

“Of course both of us are big; I’m a little bit taller and I feel I’m a little bit faster too,” Hill said. “He was of course heavier. He knew the game well because he was older and things like that. But other than that, I’m trying to make my own name. I’m not trying to be Demaryius.”

When it came to comparisons, Hill likened himself to a different former Yellowjacket, Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson.

“He has the speed, he has the height and he can go up and get it,” Hill said. “Yes, he’s big Megatron. I know that. But I feel like I can compare myself to him.”

The confident Hill said what he needs to work on most is his breaks out of routes. He’s working with former Pro Bowl receiver Terance Mathis.

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