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Jaguars high on Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2011, file photo, Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill (5) catches a pass against Virginia Tech during an NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Hill said Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, that he is bypassing his senior season at Georgia Tech to enter the NFL draft. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Stephen Hill, the Georgia Tech wide receiver who caught just 28 passes last season in a run-first option offense, but averaged an eye-popping 29.3 yards a catch and put on a show at the Scouting Combine, is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s NFL draft. One of the intrigued teams resides in Jacksonville.

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports, citing unnamed sources, that Hill is a player to keep an eye on in projecting the Jaguars’ picks.

The problem, however, is that the Jaguars may not be in a position to draft Hill. Their first-round pick, No. 7, is too high for Hill, and he’ll probably be off the board before their second-round pick, No. 38.

That’s where the Jaguars’ talk of trading down comes into play. Jacksonville General Manager Gene Smith has said repeatedly that the Jaguars are open to calls from anyone who wants to move up to No. 7. If they do trade down, Hill may be the player they’re targeting.