After selecting Quinton Coples in the first round, we all knew that the Jets needed to get a wide receiver in round two. The Jets had the 47th pick in the second round, and at pick 42 there was still Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffrey, and Rueben Randle on the board. The Jets knew if they wanted to get their number two receiver they had to move up. The Jets traded the 47th pick, a 5th rounder, and a 7th rounder, in exchange for the Seahawks 43rd overall pick.Former Jet receiver Wesley Walker came up to the podium and said, "With the 47th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select...... Stephen Hill, wide receiver, Georgia Tech." The whole crowd went nuts, Hill sitting through day one, came out and fist pumped and gave Roger Godell a very long hug. Hill was supposed to be a late first rounder, but luckily for the Jets fell into the second round. In his Junior year at Georgia Tech he put up 28 catches, which may not sound good, but he played in an option offense. The amazing stat is he put up 820 receiving yards and averaged 29 yards a catch. The Jets knew they found their deep play guy. Hill is 6'4, and is very fast, just needs to work on his hands. Some have compared him to Demaryious Thomas, but some have compared him to Calvin Johnson. I really think he can turn into maybe the best receiver in this draft class. With his size and speed he will be really difficult to stop.
A couple of Jets really benefited from this pick. The first guy is Mark Sanchez. Sanchez really didn't have that big play guy last year, and he may have found one in Hill. The other guy is Santonio Holmes. Last year defenses would really cover Holmes hard, because the Jets didn't really have a guy opposite him. Now defenses will really have to pay attention to another Jet receiver. Jets coaches said that Hill amazed them in rookie minicamps, and he looks like an elite guy. Don't worry that he fell to the second round, there have been some big play guys in his region in the draft. Desean Jackson, Greg Jennings, and Sidney Rice were all second round picks. I would expect about 50 catches in his rookie year, and if the Jets can get this kid to his full potential, and work on his hands, the Jets may have found a special guy.