It’s been more than a decade since the New York Jets selected a wide receiver within the first two rounds of the NFL Draft (Gang Green picked Santana Moss with the #16 pick in 2001). Since then, Jets fans have been hungry for their own hand-selected wideout that offered the speed and big-play ability that has been seemingly absent for some time. Enter Stephen Hill and with him the hopes that the “homegrown” deep threat drought may be over.
Hill was selected with the #43 overall pick in April’s draft. Coming out of Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson’s triple option-style offense, there are plenty of questions about his NFL-readiness following years in a run-oriented system where receptions were few and far between.
His physical tools are less debatable. At 6’4 and 215, he’s recorded 4.3 times in the 40 and represents exactly the type of big-bodied, athletic, physical receiver Gang Green nation is craving. The fact that he was a solid blocker for G-Tech is a nice added bonus in what will be a run-heavy offensive attack under Jets new OC Tony Sparano.
Of course, every rookie is a crap shoot no matter where they’re selected. Yet, I’m an admitted sucker for character and first impressions of the man not just the player. It’s why I’m getting even more excited about Hill. Here he sits down with Amy K. Nelson from SB Nation. Just comes off as a good kid who’s ready to show the world what he can do. We can’t wait to see. He sure does look good in that number 8-4.
HT: The Jets Blog
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