Stephen Hill really helped himself with a great combine workout.

Stephen Hill Is Ridiculous and More Notes From Day 2 of Combine Workouts


Yesterday in Indianapolis the WRs, RBs, and TEs got their chance to showcase their skills on the field. a few guys were really impressive, others…not so much.

You might remember Stephen Hill from this ridiculous catch that became an internet sensation earlier this season.

Hill played at Georgia Tech in college. For those of you unaware of how Georgia Tech plays football it can be summed up in a few word. They dont throw the football. Its pretty much that simple. He only pulled down 28 passes(on 34 targets which is a really good reception rate) but that didnt stop him from putting up over 800 yards while averaging nearly 30 yards per catch. But here is the catch, he isnt a deep ball WR. Thats not to say that he cant get the deep ball, he can. I just mean that he wasnt primarily a guy that went downfield every play. He made alot of those catches within 15 yards of the LOS and broke some tackles on the way to a monster play.

At the Combine yesterday Hill ran a 4.3 40 yard dash. The ridiculous thing about that is that he is over 6’5″ tall and weighs 215 lbs. For comparisons sake, Chris Johnson ran a 4.28 40 a few years ago and he is 5’11″ 185 lbs. Hill went on to show off some great hands in the on field drills as he made a couple of great catches on 9 routes where his ball was significantly overthrown. He had a great gauntlet (which is a stupid drill) and he looked better than I expected him to running routes. That said, the Ravens or any other team that drafted him would have to spend some serious time working on his route tree, because it is extremely undeveloped.

Here are some other Players and things that stood out to me.

-I was completely unimpressed with Joe Adams (WR, Arkansas). He ran slower than he needed to, he was sloppy in the on field drills and he dropped about half a dozen well placed balls. I thought Adams was over-rated and underwhelming coming into the combine, I feel no differently now.

-Justin Blackmon didnt run the 40, but he was very solid in the on field drills. I would be shocked if the Browns were unable to trade up for RGIII and they didnt take Blackmon at number four.

-That said, I would be even more shocked if the Browns didnt make a really strong push to go get RGIII, he had a great day and further solidified his stock as the number two QB and number two player overall.

-Andrew Luck will be the number one overall pick. the media has been trying to create a controversy here, but there simply isnt one. Luck is the better prospect all day long.

-I was really impressed by Chris Rainey (RB, Florida). He has had a great draft season so far and has slowly worked his way into the second round conversation. He ran a 4.37 40 and looked fantastic in the RB receiving drills. He was easily the most fluid runner at the combine. He has built momentum by having a great senior bowl week and now a great combine.

-Doug Martin(RB, Boise St.) also had a good day, he caught the ball better than a lot of people thought he would and looked very quick in the drills.

-I liked David Meggett’s (RB, Maryland) body. The guy is built like a linebacker. Before I ever saw him run or in a single drill I was already impressed with him. The guy is a monster.

-Reuben Randall (WR, LSU) was a bit underwheming for me. He ran an average 40 time, dropped some balls, looked a little sloppy etc. He could be a solid NFL player one day, but whoever drafts him is going to have to put a lot of work in to him.

-Brian Quick continues to impress me. I haven’t seen a ton of his tape because he played at Appalachian State but he has prototype NFL size, a solid forty, and the drills he ran were really impressive to me. He looked sharp coming out of his breaks and he showed an ability to run nice crisp lines. I think he will end up being a second round pick.

I’m going to try and get the day 3 workout notes up in a few hours. I’m still going over the footage, so bear with me a bit. LBs and DL up next.

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Tags: Andrew Luck Baltimore Ravens Brian Quick Chris Rainey Cleveland Browns David Meggett Doug Martin Joe Adams Justin Blackmon NFL Reuben Randall RGIII Stephen Hill

  • JT82

    How in the world could you think Joe Adamd was over rated coming into the combine? He was offensive MVP of the senior bowl with 8 receptions for 133 yards. That’s unimpressive? He has great on-field speed and is a quicker than fast guy. Watch the Tennessee punt return and tell me how impressive that it.

  • JT82

    How in the world could you think Joe Adams is over-rated? He was offensive MVP of the senior bowl with 8 receptions for 133 yards. That’s unimpressive? Watch the Tennessee punt return and tell me how unimpressive that is.

  • http://ebonybird.com/ tynanpatrick37

     @JT82 i just dont care for him. to me he is at best a slower version of D. Jackson from the eagles. he has good quickness, but his long speed isnt very good and his size is terrible. Jackson has missed 6 games over the past 2 years due to injury and Adams is going to have the same problems. i also understand that he has had some good games(although i could care less what he did during the actual senior bowl game, he struggled all week during practices which is the more important factor), he is a good return man and every once in a while he makes big plays. but he doenst have the speed to outrun most NFL DBs like he did in college and he isnt consistently productive and he doesnt go over the middle at al. my point is just that he isnt very explosive for a guy whos entire game is based on speed and explosiveness. i wouldnt touch him in the second round which is where is being projected right now, the third round is a good spot for him. im not saying he is a bad player, in the right scheme he could be pretty good, i just dont think he is a second round player.

  • JT82

    @tynanpatrick37 He’s a guy with good on-field speed. I was disappointed with the 40 time. His shiftiness his probably his greatest attribute and leads to many broken tackles. He’s a gamer tho. When the lights come on he shows up. I believe with the disappointing 40 time he will fall to the mid third round although I see him as a late second. One thing you can’t judge by the combine is how well they play in a game.

  • http://ebonybird.com/ tynanpatrick37

    @JT82  i totally agree that you shouldnt put a ton of stock into the combine, thats not why i dont like Adams that much, its 95% what i saw on tape when i watch him play. he is very shifty, but i have seen a hundred WRs that were really shifty in college completely bomb in the NFL. i just dont think Adams has the size to be effective, the speed to break away or the field vision to find holes in defenses because i havent  seen anything from him that makes me believe he can do that. he had a great college career, i just dont see his game translating very well to the pro game. i could have told you coming into the combine that i didnt care much for Adams because of the same reasons ive been talking about, i didnt think he had any where near the type of speed and explosiveness that people seemed to think he has and the combine just re-affirmed my suspicions. but it looks to me that we are at an impasse, i can tell you really like Adams potential, and i know that i am not totally sold. but that is the beauty of the draft, we can disagree and at some point down the line we will know who was right or even if both of us are wrong. thanks for the comments man!

  • JT82

    @tynanpatrick37 we will have to agree to disagree. this whole process gives us all something to argue and debate about and that’s beauty of it. Who knows what will actually happen to any of these guys in the future? I enjoyed the read and debate!