Once upon a time Stephen Hill was thought of as a potential second coming of Calvin Johnson, but so far the former Georgia Tech receiver has looked more like another former Lions WR draft pick, notorious wash-out Charles Rogers.
In hopes of cutting their losses on Hill, the New York Jets reportedly tried trading the wide receiver over the summer, but could find no takers.
Adam Schefter speculates that as teams sift through their rosters and cut players, someone could jump in and try to acquire Hill.
It seems unlikely that any team would be willing to offer up even a seventh round pick for Hill, one of the more spectacular draft busts of recent years. It seems more probable that the Jets themselves will wind up cutting Hill.
And when/if Hill gets cut, will some team give him another shot? Probably.
And will Hill parlay his second chance at life into a productive NFL career? Probably not.
Clearly, Hill was over-drafted by the Jets in the second round in 2012. In their eagerness to identify a player comparable to Calvin Johnson, the Jets allowed themselves to buy into the evaluations that had Hill potentially becoming the new Megatron.
But size and speed alone do not a Megatron make. You must be able to actually get separation from corners and catch the ball when it’s thrown to you.
Hill was drafted as a project player in 2012, and so far the project has been a disaster. The Jets couldn’t trade Hill this summer and they probably won’t be able to trade him now.
But some team will still pick him, and give him another shot to realize his alleged potential.