Alshon Jeffery's scouting report will be coming out soon. He grades out real well and I hope to release it tomorrow.
Well anyways, there has been a lot of debate on whether or not Stephen Hill would be right for the Texans at 26 overall. My answer? Yes! If this man happens to fall to us at 26 (we will very lucky if he does). He will be the only receiver that is close to being a potential number 1 available at that spot (Alshon Jeffery, Greg Childs and a few others). He can block, is ridiculously fast, strong, tall. I know that he lacks the nuances of a true receiver right now but let me make one thing clear. Stephen Hill's film makes him look raw because he is. Think he doesn't get much reps during games? How much do you think he gets during practice (I mean true 7 on 7 or 11s reps, not individual position reps). Hill has also shown supreme work ethic and humility. He recognizes his weaknesses, so what does he do? He hires a private coach to work on his catching and route-running.
Recently I got a hold of Stephen Hill's combine film. He looks infinitely better than what I saw on film. Based on his combine film, this man has improved significantly at running routes and showed better technique when catching. By all reports Hill is still working on his skills and looks hungry to succeed at the NFL level. Hill's 44 out of 50 grade on my scale, was merely a reflection of a couple of games he played that season. As a college player, you don't go out and find private coaches to work you out, its insulting to your coaching staff. Hill has shown that he realizes that he has type of potential if he works on his routes and hands and he has shown the desire to work on it. Hill is worthy of a top 20 pick in my opinion and if available at 26, I believe that Houston should jump on it. We are talking about a receiver that has insane physical stature and speed (not just 40 speed, insane game speed too) and has shown complete recognition of his weaknesses and the humility and work ethic to work on it. Stephen Hill is worthy of the 26 overall pick, I don't care what others say. I believe that if Houston sees the difference between his 2011 game film and his combine and private work out film, they will see the strides he has made. Houston loves hard workers and Kubiak loves his big receivers. Hill fits in perfectly here and he has massive potential too.
Hill in my opinion will not be a bust. Receivers that bust are the ones that don't work hard, the ones that ignore their weaknesses, the ones that can't keep their mouths shut. Stephen Hill demonstrates strong work ethic to go with god-given ability, stature and talent. Players like this don't bust. For all of you saying we are looking at the next Jacoby Jones (to be honest Jacoby is a fine player and a great person. He is just not worth the money to be inconsistent. However he is a class act and a late round draft pick that has met expectations, what more could you ask?), Hill is just a flat out better player that Jacoby was 5 years ago. Put it on the record: As long as Hill goes to a team with a good QB (he might even succeed without one) he will be a quality receiver. Hill just shows the type of work ethic that leads me to believe that even if he can't be a dominant receiver at the NFL level, he won't settle for being a bench player. Worst case scenario, Hill never realizes his true potential but his work ethic makes him a quality number 2. Best case, we're looking at a future number 1000 yard and number 1 receiver. Thanks for the read, Aloha!