Originally posted by walker807:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Taylor Mays was missing the most basic abilities for a safety; the ability to read (mentally) and react instantly (flipping the hips) to make a play. Hill has all of the physical gifts you can ask for in a WR, but he's raw and needs to eliminate dropping the easy/open pass (concentration).
Big and fast doesn't=Taylor Mays. There are skills, competencies and nuances that each position requires and some players (though immensely athletic) just don't have them. Mays should've made the transition to OLB at USC; he's much better suited to play that position than he is safety. THAT is the problem with Taylor Mays.
I fell like we would be saying a lot of the same stuff about Hill after a season in the league. It just seems like Hill's entire draft potential is based solely on how well he performed on turf with no pads on. Hill doesn't blow me away on tape like a first round pick should, third round sure. I see a lot more of Randle beating double coverage and going across the middle against tougher SEC defenses. Randle also appears to have better acceleration out of his cuts. Hill just seems like a one trick pony who is most likely to be overdrafted in the first round and be traded for a 7th round pick within 2 years. I don't watch GT and am basing this solely on video I find on the internet so take it for what you will.
I happen to like both Hill and Randle so I won't argue that point. I just think the Hill detractors in this forum are looking at him from a glass-half-empty perspective. In other words, they're focusing on the negatives and not on the fairly substantial positives (he led the nation in YPC in a non-passing offense, has GREAT size and speed for a WR, has shown a great work ethic and excellent character, shows natural hands and amazing leaping ability, etc.).
Again, I wouldn't complain if we picked Randle or even Jeffrey over Hill because I think they're all excellent prospects. But I think of what a coach like Harbaugh could do with a WR specimen like Hill (who is bigger, faster and jumps higher than the other three) and it boggles the mind. So it's a matter of taste...do you go with more proven/productive guys like Randle or Jeffrey, or do you roll the dice on the athletic freak? Most would take Randle or Jeffrey...me personally, if all three were available, I'd take a chance on Hill. But it's just my opinion.