An Analysis of Jets WR Stephen Hill

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Nov 26, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill (5) before the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

Another draft pick the Jets made that has received mix reviews is Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill. However, when you take a closer look, you see that the mixed reviews really aren’t as warranted as some think. Let’s take that closer look now.

In his senior year, he caught only 28 passes. A lot of the experts are latching onto that saying, “He’s a boom or bust pick. Look at his stats, he only caught 28 passes as a senior.” But, you have to consider the offense that he played in.

Georgia Tech’s style isn’t to throw the ball up and down the field. Look at Hill’s percentage in the passing game as a whole. Georgia Tech completed 82 passes last year, with Hill accounting for 28 of them. That amounts to 34% of the Georgia Tech passing offense. Compare that now with the two “top” wide receivers in the draft, Michael Floyd and Justin Blackmon, and the numbers are very interesting:

Floyd:100 receptions out of 302 passes completed-33%
Blackmon:121 receptions out of 428 passes completed-28%

So, Stephen Hill was just as much a number one receiver as Floyd or Blackmon, and in Blackmon’s case, Hill was more so.

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