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USA Today lists two IMG trainees as top Combine performers

Luke Kuechly

One went to the NFL Combine as an unknown commodity and the other as a proven football player who still had to convince scouts about his physical abilities.

It's safe to say WR Stephen Hill and LB Luke Kuechly -- both part of IMG Academy' NFL Combine training class of 2012 -- silenced any doubters.

From the USA Today's "Winners/Losers" report:

"Stephen Hill killed it," NFL Network analystMike Mayocksaid. "I had a bunch of scouts tell me before the combine this kid might blow the roof off. And he did.

"The thing with Stephen Hill is coming out of that option offense, he's tough to evaluate. Every team now has a lot of homework to do. He's pushed himself right up in the forefront of this wide receiver thing."

Hill spent the past few weeks polishing his route running with former Jets and Falcons WRTerrence Mathis at the IMG Academy football program in Bradenton, Fla. Former Rams vice president of player personnelTony Softli said Hill was the player who helped himself most in Indianapolis.

"He was impressive, smooth in and out of his breaks," Softli said.

Hill hopes to measure up to another former Georgia Tech product, 6-5, 235-pound Lions Pro BowlerCalvin Johnson.

Megatron 2.0?

"That's who I compare myself to because he has the speed and height to jump up and go get it," Hill said of Johnson.

...Boston College ILBLuke Kuechly is a tackling machine whose 4.58-second 40-yard time and 27 repetitions at 225 pounds likely cemented him as a Top 15-pick.

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