04 November 10: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson and wide receiver Stephen Hill (5) in action during the Yellow Jackets loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies 28-21 at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field in Blacksburg, Virginia. Photo by: Lee Coleman / Icon SMI
The New York Jets added some much needed depth at wide receiver in the draft when they traded up to select Stephen Hill with the No. 43 pick.
Hill is a 6 foot "4" speedy receiver from Georgia Tech who Rex Ryan and the Jets are very high on. According to The Star-Ledger the Jets thought about selecting Hill with their first pick, the 16th pick, before they decided to draft defensive end Quinton Coples.
So far during the rookie mini-camp Hill's play has set him above the rest of the first-year players. Ryan likes the way the athletic young receiver runs dig routes, which are routes where the receiver runs 15 or 20 yards and then cuts in. Ryan also noted that he burned the defense a few times on deep routes during the mini-camp. The Star-Ledger quoted him as saying,
"That's kind of exciting to see. That's what you want. You want that big wide out who presents that target and has that long ball speed as well."
The selection of Hill is a great move for a Jets team that was in desperate need of a big wide receiver to fill the gap left by Plaxico Burress who will not return next year – although Santonio Holmes makes enough headlines for two wide receivers he still only plays like one. It's no secret that the Jets are planning to focus on their run game this year but Jets fans are still hoping the team can open up the offense and establish a deep threat – which is something they were not able to do last season – Hill could be helpful in doing that.
The addition of Hill most likely means the Jets won't attempt to re-sign Braylon Edwards or go after another veteran wide receiver. Although I like Hill I think the team should still take a look at Edwards. Edwards is a talented receiver that the Jets could likely get at a relatively low price. The team missed his deep threat ability and his skill as a blocker last year. In addition Edwards was good friends with Mark Sanchez and despite some off field problems he thrived in the Jets locker room. Edwards has some baggage but I think they'd be able to sign him at a bargain price. Hill, Holmes, Edwards, Dustin Keller, and Jeremy Kerley would make for quite a receiving corps.
What do you think about Stephen Hill? Should the Jets go after Braylon Edwards?