OWINGS MILLS — One of the stars of the NFL scouting combine, speedy Georgia Tech junior wide receiver Stephen Hill visited the Baltimore Ravens this week.
Hill is an extremely athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the combine.
Last season, he caught a career-high 28 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns while operating in the Yellow Jackets’ run-first triple option offense.
Hill is also regarded as a strong blocker, regularly pancaking smaller defensive backs.
Hill is a former track star who excelled in the long jump in high school, breaking the state record. His best jump was good enough that it would have tied him for ninth at the last Olympic games.
As a sophomore, Hill caught 15 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
He finished his career with 1,248 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 25.47 yards per reception.
The Ravens could use a big, fast wide receiver to operate opposite Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin.
"He’s an explosive guy who plays in that triple-option offense and really jumped off the film in terms of vertical speed," director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. "He’s raw, like a lot of guys are who have come out of that offense, Demaryius Thomas. Their route polish isn’t quite there, but his athletic traits are really outstanding and exceptional, rare for the position.
"It would be a process of him picking up an NFL-style offense, learning how to read defenses. He doesn’t have to do a lot of that there. He has to block or run vertical, a limited route tree."