We keep on course with the wide receivers in our draft series by looking at another potential late first-round pick today. But before we get into our new subject of examination, let's look at the polling results for yesterday's player. I asked you if Alshon Jeffery would be a good fit in Cardinal Red and 60% of you said no. The Cardinals are in search of a receiver that can stretch the field, which is something that Jeffery is not known for doing. Although he has good hands and is a dynamic player, he also struggles with weight issues and can lack motivation at times.
Today's athlete has no problem staying in shape. At 6'4" and 215 pounds, Stephen Hill impressed at this year's NFL Combine. But is he just another Combine hero or is he the real deal? Let's take a closer look after the jump.
One thing that many scouts are scared of with Hill is the type of offense he played in at Georgia Tech. More specifically, it was a triple option offense that often ignored the use of it's wide receivers. Because of that, there is not a ton of quality film available for Hill. If a team were to judge him just by his Combine experience, he could be one of the best receivers in the draft.
Here is a little bit of film (highlights) for Hill:
Stephen Hill is a big player that has gigantic hands (9 3/8"), allowing him to go up and snag almost any ball out of midair. The craziest part about Hill is that not only is he big, but he is also freakishly fast as well. He ran the fastest 40 time of any receiver at the Combine with a 4.36. His 3 cone drill time was impressive as well, coming in at 6.88 seconds.
But there are many things to worry about with Hill, which will inevitably cause him to drop to the end of the first round and possibly the second. First off, we know he came from a run-first offense. All Hill was required to do was run go routes down the field to take the safeties and corners deep. So at this point, that is basically the only route that Hill has perfected. He doesn't have much of a short-to-intermediate game at all.
Here are some other negative notes from NFL.com:
He has average quickness and moves off the line of scrimmage to avoid a jam... Outside of catching jump balls, he struggles to read coverages and understand how to find holes in a zone. Hill looks uncomfortable with the ball in his hands and resembles a lengthy track star on the field instead of a football player. He dropped as many big balls as he made big plays; his YPC stat defines him perfectly as a player who is capable of making flash plays but isn't reliable.
Hill's lack of consistency will make many scouts wary of suggesting that their organization draft him. But if he can learn to be more consistent and add some more routes to his repertoire, he could be a steal. As for his relation to the Cardinals, he could be the deep threat that the team is looking for. He has the size and speed to fit in nicely across from Larry Fitzgerald.
So what are your thoughts on Stephen Hill? Is he a wide receiver you think the Cardinals could trade back in the first round and possibly grab then? If they obtain a second round pick and he is still on the board, should they swoop him up?
Tell us what you think and vote in the poll.