T.Y. Hilton Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January – 25 – 2012
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"2012 NFL Draft prospect, T.Y. Hilton"T.Y Hilton

Florida International

Ht. 5-10 Wt. 184

Strengths:  Hilton’s speed jumps out on tape.  He can beat defenders vertically in a flash.  He is a shifty athlete with a ton of short area quickness which makes him dangerous in the open field.  He gets in and out of cuts crisply and quickly.  He gets to top speed quickly and has the change of direction to make defenders miss.  He has the added value as a dynamic punt and kick returner.

Weaknesses:  Hilton’s hands are disappointing as he has a tendency to catch the ball with his body.  Too many passes hit the grass with Hilton.  His route running is in need of some work as he too often relies on his speed to run past defenders.  For someone as quick as Hilton you would expect him to get off the line without problem.  He doesn’t and looks lethargic at times off the line.  He struggles against press man coverage as he frequently has to re-route.

Bottom Line:  Hilton needs some work but could offer value as an inside receiver in the NFL/punt-kick returner.  He is a dynamic receiver but his hands and route running leave a bit to be desired.   

Draft Projection:  Hilton is viewed as a 2nd-3rd round prospect but I don’t see it.  He’s a late 3rd, early 4th for me.

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