NFL Mock Draft 2012: Would 49ers Take a Chance On A Speedy Wideout?

Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill didn't see a lot of targets in the Yellow Jackets' run-heavy offense - he only had 28 catches in the 2011 season - but he made the most of each of those catches, averaging 29.0 yards per reception. He racked up 820 yards and five touchdowns and his ability to provide a deep threat down the field is making him shoot up draft boards. Rob Rang has Hill in the first round in his latest mock draft, going 28th overall to the 49ers.

Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: A lack of speed and playmaking ability at wide receiver played a significant role in San Francisco's vanilla ball-control attack in Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach. Hill is undeniably raw after having played in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense geared around the running game but is an accomplished blocker with the size and speed to threaten deep. He won't be universally graded as a first round prospect due to his relative lack of polish but after a season in which Harbaugh and his assistants proved as strong of teachers as any coaching staff in the league, they may have the confidence to gamble on Hill's upside.

Hill blew scouts away over the weekend by running 4.3 in the 40 yard-dash at 6'4, 206 pounds. His size/speed ratio makes him an intriguing option for the 49ers, who could certainly use that type of weapon downfield to complement Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree.

For more on the San Francisco 49ers, head to Niners Nation.

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