INDIANAPOLIS — He's a big-bodied wide receiver who says he enjoys blocking and has a team-first attitude. Meet Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill, you're newest San Francisco 49er!
Kidding, of course, but the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has all the earmarkings of a wideout San Francisco will investigate here at the NFL combine.
Hill left school after a junior season in which he posted modest stats (28 catches, 820 yards, 5 TDs) in Georgia Tech's run-heavy option offense. But he at least sounded all the right notes while meeting with the media today, saying he relishes the physicality of run blocking (brownie points with Jim Harbaugh) and is about team success above stats (more music to you-know-who's ears).
"It wasn't really as frustrating," Hill said of playing in an option offense. "Yes, you're wide receiver and … you want to get the ball. But any time you're helping out a team, I'm a winner and I want to win. So any time you're helping out a team that's a big thing."
Hill, projected as a third- or fourth-round pick by Pro Football Weekly, could elevate his draft stock with a head-turning time in the 40 (he hopes to run in the low 4.3s). As his 29.3 yards per catch this past season indicates, he was a downfield threat in college. He also comes from a school with an impressive recent track record when it comes to wide receivers: Both Detroit's Calvin Johnson and Denver's Demaryius Thomas are from Georgia tech.
"I felt like I had the great ability to play at this next level," Hill said when asked about deciding to leave school early. "No, I didn't have the great stats like the other wide receivers did, but my ability … I know I can do well in the NFL."