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Arizona Wildcats vs. Nevada Wolf Pack talent overview: Hill limited catches through two games

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ARIZONA SENIOR PROSPECTS
Source: NFLDraftScout.com

Arizona's senior NFL draft prospects. Categories (left to right): Overall ranking, name, position, position rank, school, class, height, weight, projected draft round (CBSSports.com graphic)

Categories (left to right): Overall ranking, name, position, position rank, school, class, height, weight, projected draft round (CBSSports.com graphic)

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Austin Hill

Austin Hill

Three weeks into the season Arizona’s top NFL prospect, wide receiver Austin Hill, is the No. 4 receiver in terms of stats.

He has five catches for 119 yards, 92 of which came on a touchdown pass from redshirt freshman Anu Solomon against UNLV in the first possession of the second half. Other than that pass, Hill has only four receptions for 27 yards.

By the third game of the 2012 season, Hill already had 12 receptions for 263 yards, connecting with senior quarterback Matt Scott. He sat out last season with an ACL tear.

Hill’s limited receptions against UNLV and UTSA is a result of Solomon spreading the ball to 10 different receivers and Hill drawing the best cornerbacks in coverage. Tonight, Hill likely see a lot of Nevada senior cornerback Charles Garrett, who is rated the No. 56 senior at his position nationally by NFLDraftScout.com.

Garrett covered Washington State’s top receiver, Vince Mayle, last week. Mayle had eight receptions for 86 yards but pass-happy Connor Halliday had 38 completions in 57 attempts for the Cougars. That means Mayle caught only 21 percent of Halliday’s completions.

The percentage might be the same tonight between Hill and Solomon, but Hill is more concerned about the receivers contributing as a whole.

“I think just being more consistent with our route running and catching the ball for Anu,” Hill was quoted as saying by AzDesertSwarm.com about areas of improvement for Arizona’s receivers.

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JUNIOR PROSPECT RANKINGS
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“I think that’s our next step as receivers, to really become that unit that is never letting anyone down and never making mistakes. To go out there and just ball out and play hard every single play.”


NEVADA SENIOR PROSPECTS
Source: NFLDraftScout.com

Nevada senior NFL draft prospects. Categories (left to right): Overall ranking, name, position, position rank, school, class, height, weight, projected draft round (CBSSports.com graphic)

Categories (left to right): Overall ranking, name, position, position rank, school, class, height, weight, projected draft round (CBSSports.com graphic)

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Nevada senior quarterback Cody Fajardo is the highest rated Nevada NFL prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. He is a dual-threat quarterback who passed for 110 yards and rushed for 100 more last week to become the third player in Wolf Pack history to eclipse 10,000 yards of total offense in his career.

Fajardo ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and threw for 256 yards and three scores against the Wildcats in Arizona’s wild comeback win 49-48 win in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl.

NFL scouts like Fajardo’s size (6’2″ and 215 pounds) but questions surround his ability to stay healthy and throw accurately consistently, according to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net.

“He’s a mobile passer with a good arm yet a signal caller who forces passes into double coverage and sprays throws,” Pauline writes.

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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