Leading up to this month’s NFL Draft, we’ll be taking a look at each ACC‘s school’s prospects and where they’re slated to be chosen. While 43 ACC players were invited to the NFL Draft Combine, those not in attendance also have ample opportunity to hear their name called between April 26 and 28.
Georgia Tech keeps most of its squad intact from 2011, but loses one of its key players, wide receiver Stephen Hill, who declared early for the draft. Of the six (seven if you count the career-ending injury to LB Julian Burnett) departing starters from last year’s team, Hill is the only player with a true shot to be selected by an NFL team.
Stephen Hill, WR, Junior
Hill’s proven to be a highly-effective cog in the Georgia Tech passing game, despite how little the team throws the ball. On just 28 catches, the junior racked up 820 yards — nearly 30 yards per catch (!) Now the question begs if he can keep up that sort of pace while being targeted consistently. With the Wreck’s triple-option, he was called upon far more as a blocker than a receiver, so though he’s honed that skill set better than most coming out of college, it’ll be interesting to see his drop-rate when thrown to 100 times in a season. Through workouts, he’s shown good hands, and definitely has the speed to excel at the pro level (he ran a 4.36 40-yard dash). Questions arise about strength though, and if he can truly be a featured receiver without putting on some extra muscle. In the meantime, his stock keeps rising, and he’s projected to go late in the first round or early in the second.
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