Joel Thorman of SBNation.com got the chance to speak with Stephen Hill at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere this week. We should have video soon.
Reaction to getting drafted: "Getting drafted in the city that you're going to play for, it was cool."
On waiting to get picked in the draft: "It really wasn't stressful. My family, they're just a supportive group. Anywhere I was gonna go I was gonna be ready to go to that state and get going."
On interacting w/ Jets fans: "Just saying the Jets chant, I know they love that. Showing them I'm ready to play. I'm in the city so it's time to play like a Jet and fly."
On the Jets QBs: "You have two great QBs. Tebow, he's a winner. As a left handed QB, he's differnet from Sanchez. Sanchez is a different QB too. Their balls each have a different spin to it."
More on Tebow/Sanchez: "I haven't been out to dinner with them but we make sure we have team meetings together."
On his biggest strength: "I feel like my best attribute, outside of speed, is my physicality. I'm very physical. I'm from an offense that blocks a lot."
On his blocking: "I'm definitely proud of it. Once you get the corner uncomfortable, that's when it's time to throw the ball because he doesn't know if you're gonna block him or run by him."
Is he ready for the Jets fans: "Definitely. There are going to be ups and downs, I hear certain things, but that's life and you have to deal with that."
I am usually not a big fan of taking raw but exceptionally talented players early in the Draft. Early picks are very valuable so I prefer safer commodities, even if their ceilings are lower. With that said, I just have a good feeling about the players the Jets took early, even though they definitely fall into the first category. Maybe I trust the coaching. Maybe it is that the skills they do have make them perfect fits. Maybe I am completely wrong. I don't know, but my money is on us remembering this as a successful Draft.