It’s easy to say now, but the New York Jets picked a bust when they chose Stephen Hill in the second round of the2012 NFL Draft. At the time, New York thought his combination of size and speed would lead to a solid receiver.
With all due respect to late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, this approach didn’t work near the end of his tenure. At Georgia Tech, Hill flashed great potential, but mostly against option-based offenses. Wide outs were focused on blocking and learning routes. Jets head coach Rex Ryan even admitted to not making this choice. When Braylon Edwards left after 2010, a replacement was needed. Someone stood out that night.
Former South Carolina standout Alshon Jeffery represented a much better option. His collegiate career happened against SEC defenses, which are the closest thing to facing competition on this level. He also brings good size but he has played much better then Hill during his second season. 58 catches show solid progression from year one. A few picks later the Chicago Bears took Jeffrey.
Although he spent much of his rookie injured, there was still a pretty solid year. Hill looked lost at times as the football hit him in the face. I don’t know if he could have saved Mark Sanchez by providing him with a superior weapon. As things stand now, Hill might not even with the Jets in 2014.
Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
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