I acknowledge that making comparisons between two players who play different positions and played in different schemes is fraught with problems.
Nevertheless, I do think it safe to assume that if Fleener and Hill had played on the other's team, Hill's number would go up and Fleener's would go down.
Last year, Stanford ran 935 offensive plays (44.6 % were passing plays.)
Last year, Georgia Tech ran 928 offense plays (23.8 % were passing plays.)
Not only were the schemes fundamentally different, but the quality of quarterbacks was also quite different.
Luck completed 71.2% of his passes, while the Georgia Tech quarterbacks only completed 49.1% of their passes.
Here are some comparisons to consider.
Stephen Hill is 6-4 and weighs 215 pounds.
Coby Fleener is 6-6 and weighs 247 pounds.
Hill ran 4.36 in the forty.
Fleener's estimated time in the 40 is 4.77.
edit: per Valrod33 post below Fleener ran a 4.45 forty.
edit: Mayock had him run a 4.51 with a 20 mph wind.
Stephen Hill ranked 79 nationally in receiving yards.
Coby Fleener ranked 134 nationally in receiving yards.
Stephen Hill had 28 receptions for 820 yards and 5 scores.
Coby Fleener had 34 receptions for 667 yards and 10 scores.
Hill averaged 29.3 yards per reception.
Fleener averaged 19.6 yards per reception.
Stephen Hill had 34.2% of Georgia Tech's receptions.
Coby Fleener had 11.5% of Stanford's receptions.
Hill had 44.3% of the teams receiving yardage.
Fleener had 18.4% of the teams receiving yardage.
Hill had 45.6% of the teams receiving scores.
Fleener had 26.3% of the teams receiving scores.
My sense is that both players would fit into SF's scheme, but I favor Hill.
If the team selects Fleener, I will not complain. Well, maybe just a little.
I hope that Moss works out well this year, but I do not think that we can depend on him, and certainly not for long.
Fleener might be more pro-ready than Hill right now, but drafting only for upcoming year seems a bit short-sighted.
I predict that by the start of the season, Hill will be above Williams on our depth chart.
By the end of the year, Hill will have proven to be a solid contributor.
In the near future, our wide receivers will be Hill, Manningham, and Crabtree.
[ Edited by buck on Mar 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM ]