Sep 7, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Steve Hull (9) reacts after his touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Memorial Stadium. Illinois won 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints continue to make some noise in the undrafted free agent market after bringing in four more guys. One new face Saints fans should get to know is Steve Hull. Hull was signed by the Saints out of the University of Illinois where he played wide receiver in 2013, after making the switch from safety his senior year.
During his freshman year as a safety, he played in 8 games totaling 19 tackles (one for a loss) and a pass defended. In 2011, his sophomore year, Hull played in all 12 games accumulating 58 tackles, two passes defended, one forced fumble and an interception. In 2012, he was limited to only five games after suffering a shoulder injury. During those games, he racked up 17 tackles (two for a loss), a pass defended and two interceptions.
Once Hull made the switch to wide receiver in 2013, he made an immediate impact on that Fighting Illini offense. He played in all 12 games catching 59 passes for a total of 993 yards. He turned seven of those catches into scores, including a 60-yard grab. I think switching positions may have been the right choice for Mr. Hull. He was a 2013 All-Big Ten honorable mention by coaches and media that year.
Hull also played receiver in high school where he caught 36 passes for 802 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. He was first-team All-State, All-Conference and All-District and was listed as a top-60 prospect in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com. During his entire Sycamore High School campaign, Hull received 11 varsity letters, including four in football, four in track and three in basketball. The athleticism is definitely there for the young talent.
He did not attend the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, but did work out at Illinois’ pro day. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Hull posted a 4.56 second 40-yard dash, a vertical jump of 36 1/2 inches and a 122-inch broad jump. With his background and athletic ability, he definitely has the potential to make the Saints’ 53-man roster, but the NFL is a whole new ball game.