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NFL Draft 2012: Can Stephen Hill Continue The Legacy Of Calvin Johnson And Demaryius Thomas?

Stephen Hill can thank Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas for making the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver core impossible to ignore. Johnson is arguably the best wideout in football and Thomas is emerging as a potential Pro-Bowl caliber receiver. Stephen Hill has the athletic gifts similar to Johnson and Thomas and he's just as raw and unpolished as his predecessors.

However, there are some that see Hill's game as flawed and his inexperience at the wide receiver position as an issue. Dan Pompei of National Football Post discussed with college scouts about Hill's prospects moving forward:

Wide receiver—Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech. In the triple option offense, Hill’s primary role was to block. He had only 1,248 receiving yards in college. The routes he was asked to run were pretty much straight ahead or slants. Hill may be the most gifted wide receiver in the draft, but he needs to learn to run routes and get in and out of breaks.

In the latest SI.com mock draft Hill is slated to go No. 26 to the Houston Texans. The draft is less than two weeks away.

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