Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson could be seeing lots of...

Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson could be seeing lots of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday. (Oct. 17, 2010) Credit: MCT

Well, that's what the Jets are hoping.

After trading up to draft Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill in the second round Friday night, the Jets front office raved about his speed and his route-running. And in complimenting Hill’s big play-making ability, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum took a veiled shot at former receiver Plaxico Burress.

“That was a big factor for us,” he said of selecting Hill. “We felt like this will make Santonio Holmes better since all of the coverage won’t have to go his way. We are really excited that he was there for us.”

Later, vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales compared Hill to Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

“He’s unique,” the Jets exec said, when asked to compare the Georgia Tech product to a player he’s seen before. “He’s a 6’4 kid that weighs 215 and runs a 4.32. He’s a unique athlete, he really is. Calvin Johnson maybe? And I’m not going to put that label on him but from a height, weight, speed moniker. He’s just a unique athlete.”

Johnson, nicknamed “Megatron” since his debut in 2007, averaged 17.5 yards per catch in 2011 and compiled a career-best 1,681 total receiving yards.

Time will tell if Hill will have those eye-popping stats (and a Madden Cover to boot). But one thing already is certain -- with Burress a distant memory, Hill seems likely to slide into the No. 2 wide receiver spot opposite Holmes.

Despite the Yellow Jackets’ triple-option offense, the Jets believe Hill’s acclimation to the NFL won’t take long.

“We spent a lot of time with him and got in on him early,” said Tannenbaum. “We brought him in here for a private workout. Sanjay Lal, our receivers coach, and (director of player personnel) Brendan Prophett went down (to Georgia Tech) for another workout. We really feel he can run all the routes we’ll ask in our offense. Again, he was a very good blocker in a run-oriented offense. He has very good football acumen and we feel the transition can happen really quickly.”?

Former Clinkscales said Hill’s reception total last season (28 catches, 29.3-yard average) had more to do with Georgia Tech completing just 64 total passes.

“So probably against some of the better teams they weren’t completing a lot of passes,” he said. “I don’t think it had anything to do with his production in those games. They had a tough time throwing the ball.”

But Jets are certain Hill won’t have any problems catching the ball for them.

“At the combine, at his pro day, and at his work out for us, he showed that he can do that,” former Jets GM and current team consultant Terry Bradway said of Hill’s ability to run the NFL route tree. “This guy is really coachable. He’s willing to work. With Sanjay and our offensive coaches, I think the upside is going to happen pretty quickly for this kid. 

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