Originally Posted by jp5002
I think what southside is saying is that D Thomas was drafted after his senior year based on what he accomplished and how he played. Hill was drafted based on his physical gifts and potential. Has nothing to do with them developing. That's what I got out of it anyways.
Thomas actually showed that he could make 8+ receptions, 100 yards, and a TD per game.
Stephen Hill never showed that. Ever.
If anything (and based on Tanny's admitted reasoning/defense of drafting him) Hill is riding the coattails of Johnson and Thomas without ever showing he could make those plays. He cut his own development short and you can see it's seriously affected him mental game. He's lost. Swimming. Dropping wide open passes. And seriously suffering in confidence.
Can he get better? Absolutely. Never once did I say he couldn't.
Do I think he'll get better? I'm not that optimistic based on what I've seen and I'm certainly not in the camp of excitement because he caught 5 passes for 40 yards. At some point you have to look at what you see on the field and separate the emotion. I think he's an awesome kid, smart and a high character guy with a great work ethic. He has that going for him. I guess there's a reason to believe he'll get better.
But let's get realistic here, his play this year has been absolutely dreadful!