NEW YORK — Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill pumped his arms to the fans in the balcony at Radio City Music Hall when the New York Jets picked him in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.
Adding to the excitement for Hill was the fact his name was called by Wesley Walker, one of the best deep receivers the team has had.
Hill went 11th in the second round, and 42nd overall, to the Jets, who had to do some dealing to get him.
The Jets moved up four slots while surrendering a fifth- and seventh-rounder to Seattle to take Hill. New York needs a deep threat wideout, and Hill was the fastest player at the NFL combine.
Clemson defensive end Andre Branch was the top local pick in the second round, going 37th, to Jacksonville.
Georgia guard Cordy Glenn was the 40th pick, by Buffalo.
After Hill went 42nd, South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was 44th, but only after the Chicago Bears swapped with St. Louis to move up five spots.
The Rams started the second round by selecting Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick. St. Louis traded down twice in the first round the previous night, accumulating several extra picks and also taking Louisiana State University defensive tackle Michael Brockers 14th overall.
In the second-round spot they earned for going 2-14 in 2011, the Rams took a wideout from an FCS powerhouse.
The 6-foot-4 Quick had a strong Senior Bowl, showing he could play at the highest college level and helping his stock in the draft.
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw of national champion Alabama was chosen by Baltimore, the Ravens’ first pick of this draft. Baltimore was projected by many to take Upshaw in the first round, but dealt away its pick. Four of Upshaw’s teammates went in the first round.
Janoris Jenkins, a cornerback at North Alabama who was kicked off the team at Florida, went to the Rams six picks after they took Quick. Jenkins, holding an infant in his arms, had tears in his eyes as he spoke by phone with the Rams.
“I just be honest,” Jenkins said about talking about his past transgressions. “I don’t have nothing to hide. That was my past, that was a year ago.”