Dec. 31, 2011; El Paso, TX, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill (5) catches a 31 yard touchdown as Utah Utes defensive back Conroy Black (9) defends during the second half during the 2011 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. The Utes beat the Yellow Jackets 30-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Ravens Host Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill for a visit

This week the Ravens have hosted a few draft prospects for visits, most notably Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill. Hill is a raw player but he has Calvin Johnson level potential due to his size, speed and hands. Hill could be a massive bust or he might be the next Larry Fitzgerald.

The Ravens would probably feel more comfortable than most teams would be in taking Hill due to the personnel the have in place. They already have a starting duo that can be relied on in Smith and Boldin(unlike the Houston Texans who are interested in a WR but need an immediate starter). They can pair Hill with Boldin in practice and Hill can learn how to run routes from one of the most polished route runners in the league. A team like the Browns(also linked to Hill) would not have the luxury of pairing Hill with that type of polished player to learn from.

Due to some extenuations circumstances involving the other teams in range to pick Hill who might be interested, it looks like the Ravens might be the best possible fit for Hill, and Hill might be the best pick for the Ravens. His visit does indicate that the Ravens are interested, the question just becomes will he last that long. I have a strong suspicion that only 2 WRs will go in the top 20(Michael Floyd and Justin Blackmon). That leaves the Patriots, Browns and Texans in need of WRs in the first round and picking before the Ravens. I think the Browns will be looking at either Brandon Weedon or a more polished WR. The Texans need an immediate starter not a project and i expect them to go defense in the first round unless Kendall Wright is on the board. That just leaves the patriots who i would expect to get a WR later on considering they just signed Brandon Lloyd.

If the Ravens want Hill i would expect there is a 60%-40% chance that he lasts that long. They may have to trade up 3 spots to get him but if they really like him i have no doubt that the Ravens would go after him.

 

I Recently named Stephen Hill the Ravens 3rd most preferred(and realistically attainable) player in the draft. for more on that choice and about Hill in general, check out my scouting report on him.

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