2012 NFL Draft Capsule: WR Stephen Hill

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: WR Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill (WR), Georgia Tech
6-5 206 lbs.
2011 Stats:
28 REC, 820 YDS, 5 TD
Projection:
Late first-round

Strengths:
Hill showcases good body control when tracking the football and can extend his arms and make acrobatic plays on the ball. He has natural initial explosion and can change directions, allowing him to side step a defender with the ball in his hands. Also, Hill exhibits good power when asked to break a tackle in the bubble screen game. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
He isn't a very polished route runner because of the offensive scheme that Georgia Tech ran. Hill was asked to just run vertical routes where he can track the football. One area of his game he isn't real sharp in is rounding offdrifting in and out of his breaks. (National Football Post)
Fit for the Bears:
Despite trading for Brandon Marshall and signing Devin Thomas and Eric Weems, the Bears are expected to select a wide receiver at some point in the NFL Draft. Lovie Smith was on hand to watch Hill's Pro Day and dined with the explosive wideout later that night. Hill doesn't just have the height NFL teams look for, the former Yellow Jacket posted the fastest 40-yard dash time of any wide receiver at the NFL Combine. Clearly the interest is there on Chicago's end, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the team grab him at No. 19 in the first round.

Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

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Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.

The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.

The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.