Re: Stephen Hill
The best thing about Hill is that someone will roll the dice and grab him before our pick, thus pushing a better player down to us.
The guy is an elite athlete who will get nasty in the running game. I love that about him.
But let's tap the brakes here a bit. The guy has tons of negatives:
-He ran about three different routes in his entire college career. The learning curve is going to be tremendous for him.
-From what I've seen, he has the ability to make the great catch but he is not a natural catcher. Too many wide open drops. I wouldn't say he fights the ball but he prefers to use his body instead of his hands.
-The reason his yards per catch is so high is because defenders are getting sucked up by the option game and he just uses his long speed to run past them. He is wide open because of the scheme, not because of his ability as a receiver.
There are reasons to be excited about him as a prospect. But he is a big time project. I don't 100% agree with the Jacoby Jones comparisons but he is way way closer to that than he is to the Calvin Johnsons of the league. I can easily think of about ten guys I would rather have, and most of them could be had later in the draft.