| Height: 6’4 | Weight: 215 Pounds| Georgia Tech | Junior | Wide receiver |
· Height: 5’10 to 6’5”
· Weight: 190 – 235 pounds
· Speed: 40 yard dash—Faster than 4.6 seconds
· Hands – Hill has very good hands and can pluck the ball out of the air with consistency. He shows the ability to keep his eyes on the ball then make the catch. He does a good job of not letting the ball get into his body.
· Release – He has the size, strength, and playing speed to be able to get a clean release against cornerbacks who try to jam him at the line of scrimmage. He did not get many opportunities to show this attribute because of his team heavy run option attack.
· Route running– He did not get many opportunities to run a lot of pass routes because of Georgia Tech’s run heavy offense. In games I reviewed he showed he could get consistent separation on outs, comebacks, quick hitting plays, and fly patterns. He will need some coaching at the next level to improve his overall route running and timing. He has the speed to eat up the cornerback’s cushion very fast and can get on top of him in a hurry.
· Instincts/Adjust to Ball – Hill has good instincts and is aware on sideline passes to keep his feet inbounds. He has very good body control that allows him to adjust well to tracking the ball in the air on deep passes.
· Run after catch – He has the foot quickness, playing strength, and speed to gain big yardage after the catch. He has the strength to break tackles after the initial contact and can also drag the defender for extra yards. He had limited opportunities to make big plays because his team had a run heavy offensive scheme.
· Deep threat – Hill has great speed and can get separation consistently on deep routes. He tracks the pass in the air well and can catch the ball over either shoulder. He will put pressure on the safeties to lean his direction to help out the cornerback and allow man to man opportunities for his teammates.
· Initial quickness – He has good foot quickness to get off of the line quickly. He uses good body control to get in and out of his cuts quickly. He needs some technique work using his hands against the cornerback jam.
· Blocking – Hill gives a good effort and can eliminate his man from making the tackle on the ball carrier with his size and strength. He was asked to block a lot in college because of his team’s run option attack.
· Return ability – He was not used in the games I viewed as a kick returner. I believe with his speed and overall athleticism he could become a good backup return man and fill in briefly and give decent results.
v Strengths: Hill has the physical tools to be an outstanding pro football player. He has size, playing strength, hands, leaping ability, and very good speed to be productive at the next level. His tremendous speed helps him to separate from the defender vertically on a consistent basis. He concentrates and focuses on the ball consistent enough when thrown to him and makes the catch by plucking the ball out of the air.
v Weaknesses: Hill route running is the hot topic when talking about translating to the pro level. He did not get many opportunities to show if he was capable of running precise routes from the route tree because Georgia Tech runs the ball just about every down. He needs to work on sinking his hips on quick hitting plays
v Summary: Hill burst on the scene at the NFL Combine with his super workout. He ran the 40 yard dash in the 4.3 range and excelled at all of the position drills. He was a virtual unknown talent until then and has all of the scouts and NFL team’s front office personnel going back to the tapes to further evaluate this young man. He comes from a similar situation as past teammate wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas, who had all of the physical traits and receiver skills, but was sort of invisible because of the heavy run option attack Georgia Tech usesd plus an inaccurate passing QB. He is far from being a polished receiver just yet, but with improved techniques and route running he can become a solid starting wide receiver real soon. Hill is definitely a first round talent and will help a NFL team immediately with his ability to stretch the field.