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    Testaverde says Hill is a Stud, Like TO but Faster

    [url]http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/hill_of_rave_7wtjtPYPPNiiDMrQzNcxjO[/url]

    Updated: Sun., Apr. 29, 2012, 9:16 AM
    Testaverde calls Jets 2nd-round pick ‘a stud’
    By BRIAN COSTELLO

    If the Jets’ newest wide receiver clicks as well with their current quarterback as he has with their former quarterback, the team might have something.

    Second-round draft pick Stephen Hill spent three weeks before the Scouting Combine in February catching passes from Vinny Testaverde, the fifth all-time leading passer in Jets history.

    The two connected at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where Testaverde is a part-time instructor. Hill went there to prepare for the draft process. Testaverde left impressed.

    “In NFL terms, this kid’s a stud,” Testaverde told The Post yesterday. “Physically, he reminds me of Terrell Owens, that type of body. He may be faster than Terrell Owens. We’ll see. I hate to compare him to anybody, but certainly his attitude and his work habits are outstanding.

    “He can be a really good player. I feel like he’s going to be one of the standout receivers in years to come.”

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    The Jets traded up four spots on Friday night to grab Hill, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound speedster out of Georgia Tech. The comparisons already are daunting. Testaverde mentioned Owens. Jets vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales said he is like Lions star Calvin Johnson. Hill himself thinks he plays like Jerry Rice.

    Those are big expectations.

    Testaverde, who spent 21 years in the NFL, thinks Hill can thrive.

    “I just felt like he was going to be a really good player in the NFL,” Testaverde said. “I was happy to see he got drafted [Friday] night by the Jets.”

    Hill said it was a thrill for him to catch passes from Testaverde, the player Hill said he pretended to be while playing video games as a child.

    “He gave me a lot of tips of how to get in and out of breaks,” Hill said. “Starting as a rookie, he just said be a rookie and be a pro. Stay in your place really.”

    And can the 48-year-old Testaverde still throw the ball?

    “He still throws it,” Hill said. “He still moves. I don’t think he’s as fast as he was back then, but he still moves real well.”

    Hill wowed the Jets with 4.31 speed and maturity. He showed up for his pre-draft visit with the team in a suit and tie. Most draft prospects wear casual attire.

    “This is actually your job,” Hill said. “You’re coming in here for an interview. This is a business and you have to treat it like a business. I came up here sharp.”

    Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez called Hill on Friday after he was drafted. Hill said Sanchez was excited about getting to work. Hill said he plans on reaching out to the Jets’ other quarterback, Tim Tebow, soon.

    The biggest question surrounding Hill is how he will adapt to an NFL offense. Georgia Tech runs a triple-option attack with limited passing chances. Hill had just 28 catches as a senior.

    “It was a little frustrating,” Hill said. “As a receiver, you’re greedy and you want the ball. But the type of guy I am I just like to win. Any time I was put in the position to make a big block, I did it and we scored a touchdown.”

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    Nice read. Really like this kid.:yes:

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    He is a really good, talented kid. I hope everyone gives him a little time to develop. He is not stepping in day one and becoming the Jets #1 WR. Its a huge transition from the Ga Tech offense to an NFL offense.

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    [QUOTE=sec.101row23;4453224]He is a really good, talented kid. I hope everyone gives him a little time to develop. He is not stepping in day one and becoming the Jets #1 WR. [B] Its a huge transition from the Ga Tech offense to an NFL offense[/B].[/QUOTE]

    I imagine if a WR from Miss. Valley St can make the transition so can Hill..;)

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    [QUOTE=Savage69;4453235]I imagine if a WR from Miss. Valley St can make the transition so can Hill..;)[/QUOTE]

    not to mention the football powerhouse: Hofstra University re Chrebet and Colston!

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    [QUOTE=Kentucky Jet;4453238]not to mention the football powerhouse: Hofstra University re Chrebet and Colston![/QUOTE]

    Good point KJ a UDFA and a 7th rd pick..:yes:

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    [QUOTE=Savage69;4453235]I imagine if a WR from Miss. Valley St can make the transition so can Hill..;)[/QUOTE]

    Your missing the point, did you watch Ga Tech at all? Not exactly a style of offense that prepares WRs for an immediate transition to the NFL.

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    Wonder how he got hooked up with Vinny...

    Seems like a good kid.

    I think we all need to set our expectatiosn for the first two years at next to zero for this kid. He'll run 9's and take the top off and that's it.

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    True that Georgia Tech is not an NFL offense, but if you view the interview on the offical Jets site, he says that he has been working for months down in Fla on the skills needed to translate to the NFL. He is already at work, and has been since the GT season ended.

    It sounds like he gets it. Smart, hard worker, confident but humble. And extremely talented. He is going to be a star. This year. :yes:

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    [QUOTE=sec.101row23;4453252]Your missing the point, did you watch Ga Tech at all? Not exactly a style of offense that prepares WRs for an immediate transition to the NFL.[/QUOTE]

    I agree it wasn't a WR friendly offense that doesn't mean he can't play in one that is..

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    [QUOTE=Savage69;4453267]I agree it wasn't a WR friendly offense that doesn't mean he can't play in one that is..[/QUOTE]

    I was going to make a joke about the WR friendly offense. It's probably easier to say he'll be doing pretty much what he did at tech, running go routes sometimes, and run blocking most of the time.

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    [QUOTE=Savage69;4453267]I agree it wasn't a WR friendly offense that doesn't mean he can't play in one that is..[/QUOTE]

    Yes, I know, hence my first post in this very thread.

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    [QUOTE=CraigFL;4453294]I was going to make a joke about the WR friendly offense. It's probably easier to say he'll be doing pretty much what he did at tech, running go routes sometimes, and run blocking most of the time.[/QUOTE]

    I'd be lying if that thought didn't come to mind..:P

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    [QUOTE=jetsonly;4453217]Nice read. Really like this kid.:yes:[/QUOTE]

    Yep, unlike alot of young rookie players, Hill seems to get it.

    He has a great opportunity & career in front of him and he isn't taking it for granted.

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    [QUOTE=sec.101row23;4453252]Your missing the point, did you watch Ga Tech at all? Not exactly a style of offense that prepares WRs for an immediate transition to the NFL.[/QUOTE]

    When you are 5'11 185 with 4.5 speed you need to be an exceptional route runner to be successful in the NFL.

    When you are 6'4, 220, and run 4.3, your "route tree" is much less important. I am positive he will be able to run a slant and a fly well enough to contribute immediately.

    We need hill to do a good job of clearing out deep safeties so Holmes faces more single coverage, and Keller and kerley can operate underneath. We also need the threat of him making a big play to push the safeties back so we don't constantly have to run against 8 men fronts.

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    Nice job getting a big fast first round talent in the middle of the second round.....

    Can you imagine what it would be like around here if we had traded up those same few slots in round two and then reached for a 7th round/UDFA such as Tavon Wilson with that pick.....Thank God our GM isnt "THE GENIUS"

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    [QUOTE=ARodFLKeysJetsFan;4453325]Yep, unlike alot of young rookie players, Hill seems to get it.

    He has a great opportunity & career in front of him and he isn't taking it for granted.[/QUOTE]

    YEP!

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    [QUOTE=David Harris;4453257][b]Wonder how he got hooked up with Vinny...[/b]

    Seems like a good kid.

    I think we all need to set our expectatiosn for the first two years at next to zero for this kid. He'll run 9's and take the top off and that's it.[/QUOTE]

    [quote]The two connected at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., [b]where Testaverde is a part-time instructor.[/b][/quote]

    I'm guessing that's how he got hooked up. ;)


    Always nice to hear about the Vin-man still being involved in the NFL somewhat.

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    CBS SPORTS GIVES THE JETS A C- MINUS DRAFT

    [QUOTE=sec.101row23;4453224]He is a really good, talented kid. I hope everyone gives him a little time to develop. He is not stepping in day one and becoming the Jets #1 WR. Its a huge transition from the Ga Tech offense to an NFL offense.[/QUOTE]

    [url]www.cbssports.com[/url]

    =Best pick: Second-round receiver Stephen Hill has the tools to be an explosive player, but he is raw. Can this regime get the best out of him? If they can, he will be a steal. Boom or bust pick.

    Questionable move: Taking Quinton Coples in the first round is a strange move for this team. He doesn't seem to fit what they do. Oh, and he also took last season off at North Carolina.

    Third-day gem: Running back Terrance Ganaway put up big numbers in Baylor's offense. He is a big back at 239 pounds.

    Analysis: The Jets took two players in the first two rounds who are risks. Is that really something this front office and staff can afford to do? Add in the stupid Tim Tebow trade, and the Jets haven't had a great start to 2012. It's a feast-or-famine draft.

    Grade: C-

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    [QUOTE=Seagirt;4453367][url]www.cbssports.com[/url]

    =Best pick: Second-round receiver Stephen Hill has the tools to be an explosive player, but he is raw. Can this regime get the best out of him? If they can, he will be a steal. Boom or bust pick.

    Questionable move: Taking Quinton Coples in the first round is a strange move for this team. He doesn't seem to fit what they do. Oh, and he also took last season off at North Carolina.

    Third-day gem: Running back Terrance Ganaway put up big numbers in Baylor's offense. He is a big back at 239 pounds.

    Analysis: The Jets took two players in the first two rounds who are risks. Is that really something this front office and staff can afford to do? [b]Add in the [u][i]stupid[/i][/u] Tim Tebow trade[/b], and the Jets haven't had a great start to 2012. It's a feast-or-famine draft.

    Grade: C-[/QUOTE]



    That bolded sentence sounds like Al Trautwig's infamous rant following a Rangers/Devils game :

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    Replace "Brutal" with "Stupid" and there really wouldn't be much difference. You have to wonder if Al is doing these NFL Draft grades. :D

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