49ers Take Jason Hill at 76

With their third pick in the draft, number 76 overall the 49ers select Jason Hill WR Washington State.

OVERVIEW
To truly appreciate Hill’s big-play ability, one has to read further into his statistics. After taking over split-end duties, he caught 158 passes in 31 games. Of those receptions, 111 were good for first downs; he converted 42 third-down plays and one more on fourth down. He made 32 touchdown catches, coming up with critical catches that set up 52 touchdown drives and eight more that resulted in WSU field goals. Of his 158 receptions, 46 gained 20 yards or more.

One of six children of LaVerne Hawkins, Hill was a standout in football and basketball at Sacred Heart Cathedral High School. He was the runner-up for the City of San Francisco Player of the Year Award as a senior, adding honorable mention all-region accolades as a defensive back and wide receiver by the San Francisco Chronicle. He helped Sacred Heart clinch a victory against St. Ignatius with an interception return for a touchdown in the oldest high school rivalry west of the Mississippi River (dating back to 1893). The team finished with a 9-1 record during his final season. As a junior, Hill garnered All-Bay Area honorable mention.


Hill earned all-tournament honors at the Cactus Shootout and Gridley Tournament for the basketball team, lettering three times. He helped the team rank second in the NorCal Division III ranks as a junior; the team compiled a 29-5 record. Hill also excelled in the classroom, three times earning academic honors while graduating with a 3.0 grade-point average.

Hill was limited to special-teams action as a true freshman at Washington State in 2003. Rather than pine away on the bench waiting for time with the offensive unit, he led the Pac-10 Conference players with 12 tackles (eight solos) on the coverage unit, and blocked a punt he returned 25 yards.

After winning a starting job in fall camp at split end, Hill went on to have a record-breaking season for the Cougars in 2004. The Pac-10 Conference second-team pick and WSU MVP on offense, Hill ranked 17th in the nation and third in the conference in reception yards (91.55 ypg). He set a school single-season record with 12 touchdown catches, leading the team with 45 receptions, and became the sixth player in school history to gain more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season (1,007). His mark of 22.4 yards per catch ranks fourth on the school’s single-season record chart.

Despite suffering a quadriceps contusion against Oregon State that would sideline him for the Stanford game, Hill earned All-American honorable mention from Sports Illustrated and All-Pac 10 Conference second-team accolades from the league’s coaches in 2005. He ranked third in the nation with 109.7 yards per game receiving, as he hauled in 62 passes (sixth-best season total in school history) for 1,097 yards (fourth-best total in WSU annals) and broke his own single-season record with 13 touchdown catches.

In 2006, Hill was hampered by shoulder and ankle injuries. He missed the team’s final two games while performing at less than 100 percent in the others. He still managed to catch 41 passes for 600 yards (14.6 avg) and seven touchdowns in 10 games. He blocked one punt he recovered for a 10-yard gain and also caused one fumble.

In 43 games at Washington State, Hill started and played in 31 on offense. He made 148 catches for 2,704 yards (18.3 avg) and a school-record 32 touchdowns catches. He carried three times for minus-10 yards and scored 192 points. He also recorded 18 tackles (14 solos) with two blocked punts he returned for a total of 35 yards.

ANALYSIS
Positives: Has an angular frame with smooth muscle tone, developed chest, long arms, good bubble and tapered thighs and calves. … Demonstrates superb hand/eye coordination to get to the ball at its high point, and the size and body control to time his leaps and contort his body to get to the tough throws in a crowd. … Has excellent balance adjusting to downfield passes and knows how to sink his hips and drop his weight to elude after the catch. … Shows very good sideline vision, keeping his balance and feet in bounds and is fearless going for the ball in a crowd and very combative with his hands, whether to escape the jam or to lock on to a defender when blocking. … Shows very good ball concentration going up for the jump ball and never flinches, even when defenders try to attack his legs. … Gets a good initial thrust off the line, using his hands with force to defeat the jam. … More quick than fast, but glides to top acceleration nicely. … Uses his size well to slip through tight areas and has enough burst to gobble up the cushion. … Does a very good job of adjusting to the coverage and even though he frequently catches in a crowd, he shows the fluid stride to not have to throttle down coming out of his breaks. … Runs crisp routes and drops his hips and sinks his weight to separate out of his cuts. … Very good settling underneath, making him a nice target in the short area. … His balance and good feet let him deal with operating in tight spaces. … Does a great job of weaving through a crowd and has the power to leverage defenders to gain separation. … Shows very good hip sinking agility and does a good job of getting depth in all of his routes. … Uses his hands very effectively to gain separation after the catch, showing the loose hips, head fake and strong leg drive to break the initial tackle. … Takes no wasted steps with his acceleration out of transition cuts and does a fine job on comeback routes. … Does a good job of looking the ball in over his shoulder and can get open and settle in the soft spot of the zone. … Can weave through traffic with the best of them, reminding some of the Bengals’ Chad Johnson in that area. … Will go for the ball with determination on crossing routes and shows outstanding concentration to get to the ball over the middle. … Times his leaps well and will not hesitate to sacrifice his body to get to the ball in a crowd. … Has the body control, balance and jumping skills to reach and pluck the ball away from his frame and at the high point. … Possesses the ability to play the ball over his shoulder and make body adjustments to track the ball in flight. … Attacks with aggression and stays with the play until the finish when blocking in the second level. … Is very effective at getting low to chop down linebackers and safeties at their legs in run support. … Played on all the special teams (punt return/coverage, kickoff return/coverage) and is also a proficient kick blocker.

Negatives: Has only adequate weight-room strength, but plays stronger on the field and uses his hands well to escape the jam. … Doesn’t have that sudden explosion to leave defenders rocking back on their heels, but shows the savvy and hand usage to gain good separation coming off the snap. … While he lacks a sudden burst, he stays square in his routes, especially when coming back to the ball, which he had to do often the last two years due to WSU’s quarterback issues. … Not the type to explode up the field after the catch, leaving defenders grasping at air, but he is a strong runner who powers through the initial tackle and is a load to bring down once he builds up to top acceleration. … Needs to improve his overall strength to prevent from being pushed back into the pocket when working in-line, though. … Has the hand usage to sustain when he is able to lock on, but doesn’t have the brute power to drag the defensive linemen down.

Compares to: Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis — Wayne, Cincinnati’s Chad Johnson and Hill don’t need to rely on blazing speed to be the dangerous threats they are. They all do it with a physical running strike and loose hips to weave through traffic, making them players who need to be accounted for every second they are on the field.

INJURY REPORT
2002: Underwent right shoulder surgery in February. … Suffered a mild concussion in the second quarter vs. Washington (11/20) in the season finale, but later returned to the game.

2005: Sat out the Stanford game due to a quadriceps contusion suffered the previous week vs. Oregon State (10/01).

2006: Suffered a shoulder contusion vs. Oregon State (10/07) and was not expected to play the following week, but refused to sit out the California game and started. … Suffered a left high ankle sprain vs. Arizona (11/04) that would force him to miss the final two games vs. Arizona State and Washington. Wore a protective boot to help with his recovery.

AGILITY TESTS
Campus: 4.52 in the 40-yard dash. … Bench presses 225 pounds 11 times. … 34-inch vertical jump. … 32¼-inch arm length. … 9¼-inch hands. … Right-handed. … Wears contacts. … 22/38 Wonderlic score.

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~ by 49ersNews on April 28, 2007.

40 Responses to “49ers Take Jason Hill at 76”

  1. Strengths: Possesses adequate-to-good overall size. He is instinctive and shows natural playmaking skills. He’s a playmaker in the vertical passing game. Times his jumps well and displays very good leaping ability (37″ V.J.). Wins more than his share of jump balls and displays excellent body control and awareness when working the sideline. He is a strong and aggressive receiver, who will not back down from a physical one-on-one matchup. He possesses relatively big hands and shows flashes of being able to make the difficult catch. Shows good initial burst up the field after the catch and he shows a decent second-gear when he gets into space. Possesses good size and strength to sustain blocks when in position.

    Weaknesses: Doesn’t seem to play as fast as his timed-speed. Lacks ideal initial burst and seems to build speed as he goes. Not overly dangerous after the catch. He is inconsistent when it comes to releasing from the line of scrimmage and getting in-and-out of his breaks. Has a tendency to round off too many routes. Loses focus catching the ball at times. Is not consistent enough when attempting to pluck on the run, or when catching over the middle of the field in traffic. Needs to improve his angles and technique in order to maximize his stalk-blocking potential. Durability is a minor concern after season-ending ankle injury as a senior.

    Overall: Hill played in 12 games in 2003 mostly on special teams, made no starts, and did not record a reception. He missed the Colorado game after returning home to cope with the death of his father who passed away that week. Hill started all 11 games for Washington State in 2004, caught 45 passes for 1,007 yards (22.4 average), and scored 12 touchdowns. In 2005, Hill played in 10 of 11 games, missing the Stanford game (10/8) with a bruised quad, caught 62 passes for 1,062 yards and 13 touchdowns. He finished 2006 with 41 catches for 600 yards (14.6 average) with a team-leading seven touchdowns despite missing the final two and a half games because of an ankle injury.

    Hill is not very explosive after the catch, his routes need polishing and he still drops too many “catchable” passes. However, he possesses the size, speed, leaping ability and playmaking skills to make an impact as a vertical receiver in the NFL. In our opinion, Hill projects as a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in the NFL, which is why he grades out as a second-to-third round prospect in the 2007 class.

  2. Very happy with this draft so far!!! Nolan and Co. are on it!!

  3. Hill is solid. Now, DEFENSE! Can not wait for the upcoming picks. Rollin’!

  4. Now that’s what we needed right there!

  5. Hell yeah Big Popy… now go DEFENSE with the rest of the picks!!!

  6. dude they just said on ESPN he has 4.32 speed. He might be a STEAL heheheheh

  7. Looks like we got another 3rd round steal!!! 4.32 in the 40 at the combine. WOW!!

  8. Not bad. I saw Hill projected as a possible second rounder. I still hope we land Jackson, but this gives us a backup plan. Still, I’m concerned with the lack of attention being given to our D line…

  9. we should be eyeing charles johnson de georgia with our next pick if hes there, that would be amazing at this point

  10. DE and we as sick as they come!

  11. 7:17 p.m.: Jason Hill, who grew up in the Fillmore district of S.F., is having quite a party. He admitted that the call from the 49ers came a bit later than he had hoped. But it came. Hill had an outstanding career at Washington State. He ran a blistering sub-4.4 time at the combine. But NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has said that Hill’s time was not indicative of the speed at which he plays. Hill disagrees. “He’s a hater,” Hill said. “That’s all he is. You can ask any DB I played against that I played fast. You don’t score 32 touchdowns in the Pac-10 not playing fast.”

  12. I hope we spend the rest of the draft on big guys, o-line & d-line.

  13. Check out the reverse at :30, it shows his awesome speed.

    He was caught on the play, however it was by some guy wearing a jersey with the #49 on it…couldnt read the name…gosh who could it be 🙂

  14. HILL 4.3 40, I LIKE IT, HOPE NINERS LAND DE MC DONALD

  15. that clip is sweet on many levels. Hill is movin’ and Willis is the man!

  16. Where is the Kwame trade?

  17. ANY OF YOU GUYS KNOW ANY BIG DL STILL AVAILABLE

  18. Kiper’s top remaining players are all DTs:

    Tank Tyler DT NC STATE
    Quinn Pitcock DT OHIO ST
    Ryan McBean DT OKLAHOMA ST
    Paul Soliai DT UTAH
    Marcus Thomas DT FLORIDA
    Derek Landri DT NOTRE DAME
    Kareem Brown DT MIAMI
    Keith Jackson DT ARKANSAS
    Ola Dagunduro DT NEBRASKA
    Jeremy Clark DT ALABAMA

  19. I mean Scouts Inc., not Kiper.

  20. THANK GOD FOR NFL NETWORK, ITS REALLY DIFFICULT TO FIND GOOD STUFF IN MEXICO

  21. HELL YA NINERS GREAT JOB TODAY SO FAR LETS SEE WHO WE GET WITH THE LAST PICK OF THE DAY FOR US O HOPE WE GO DLINE OR G GUT WHAT EVER WE DO WILL BE A GREAT PLAYER TO ADD TO ARE TEAM I LOVE THE FACT THAT WE GOT RID OF ARE FIRST ROUNDER AND THEN GOT ONE BACK FROM IND GREAT JOB NOLAN GO NINERS HELL YA BABY 9 PICKS TO GO AND WERE BACK UP GO NINERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. ANY NEWS ON THE JACKSON TRADE, IS IT OFFICIAL??

  23. I’m getting nervous about the Jackson trade too. We need him badly, especially for a fourth round pick!

  24. Michael Bush & Antonio Pittman – RB, are still out there, I wonder how far they will drop. Nolan has said many times we would like to reduce the wear and tear on his franchise back.

  25. WHERES ALL THESE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN WHERE SUPPOST TO GET!MAYBE WE WILL GET PAUL SOLIAI OR THE FRASNO STATE DEFENSIVE TACKLE.IF HILL CAN WORK ON HIS RELEASE HE WILL BE A GOOD WIDE OUT.

  26. WE SSSSSSTILL HAVE 6 PICKS TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT WE GET WITH THE 97TH PICK.

  27. I like Ray MacDonald if he’s still available! So far the draft is going great. Keep in mind we could still pick up player that the teams waive in June. Just like we did with Larry Allen.

    I think IF we grab Micheal Bush it’ll be in round 4 with one of our 4 picks.

  28. DID ANYONE TAKE MANNY RAMEREZ YET THE GUARD?

  29. WE ARE NEXT

  30. with the 97th pick, the Niners got Ray McDonald (DE) Florida.

  31. RAY MCDONALD!!!!!!

  32. Ray McDonald
    DE | (6’3″, 276, 4.85) | FLORIDA

    Overall: McDonald was redshirted in 2002 while practicing at defensive end. He moved to defensive tackle for the 2003 season, won a starting spot for the year (12 games), made 54 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, and forced two fumbles. McDonald played in 11 games in 2004 (seven starts), recorded 39 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, and one fumble recovery. In 2005, he switched back to defensive end, started the first three games before having knee surgery that forced him to sit out the next three contests. McDonald returned, appearing in two more games before having season-ending left knee surgery. For the year, he made eight tackles, three tackles for loss, and one sack. In 2006 he started all 14 games, registering 36 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one blocked kick, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

  33. Great pick and good night from the East Coast!!

  34. DE. WHAT DID i SAY… TOLD YA! GREAT DRAFT. If we don’t draft one more player we dtill have won the battle!

  35. We back boyz!

  36. An ILB, an OT, two WRs and a DE. I can sleep well tonight. Things should start fast for the 9ers tomorrow morning. Lots of picks in the first few dozen.

  37. Let’s move up and make sure we get Bush!!! What a draft that would be. And we still would have 3 more 4th rd pick plus a 6th. We should probibly trade one of our 4th for someone’s next yrs 3rd.

  38. I watched this guy play in Pullman, WA and man is he good. We got lucky that we ended up with this guy this late. He was projected early to mid 2nd round

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  40. tp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3klmfriKFUk

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