With the 43rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Here is our report on Hill:
This is a kid coming from the triple option offense which has seen two guys get drafted in the first round as the first receiver taken overall (Calvin Johnson, 07; Demaryius Thomas, 10). Obviously with the triple option, you are called a lot to block and I think that will be a strength of this guy right away. Being that GT runs the triple option, his route tree is extremely limited and it will take him time to learn that at the NFL level, which could lower his stock a bit.
He is so physically imposing at 6’4 and 215 pounds, and that is only going to help him in the process. He is the type of guy that you want to get the ball in space or let him just fly down the field and make a play. He is a great athlete with good speed, though I’m not sure he’s as fast as Thomas or Johnson, his predecessors. Averaging over 30 yards per reception and is clearly the top playmaker in the passing game.
PROS: Size, physical, athletic ability, playmaking ability, go up and get the ball, run after catch, blocking, good hands
CONS: Limited route tree, limited reps in passing game, steady decline since the beginning of the season in production, needs to work on his route running
Pick Grade: B
The Jets get a really athletically impressive kid to be their big receiver, and he joins one of the craziest franchises in the NFL. I hope he translates his athletic ability on to the field because I really like him, but he is super raw.