2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Holton Hill
Projected: 3rd – 5th
Holton Hill played in 26 games during his time at Texas. He started 20 games before deciding to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. He was suspended for the final three games of the 2017 season, but did put up 51 tackles, eight passes defensed, and two interceptions. Both interceptions were returned for touchdowns, with Hill adding in a blocked field goal returned for a third score.
Hill has the prototypical size and length that every defensive coordinator looks for. He has the physical tools to come in and play as the number two cornerback. Hill declared for the draft after a solid junior season where he returned two interceptions and a blocked field goal for touchdowns. He was suspended for the final three games of the season leading to questions regarding his maturity. The Cardinals could view him as a Tyrann Mathieu type player coming out of college due to the suspension and behavior issues. Hill is not as explosive a player as Mathieu but is still quite talented and would help the defense. The maturity questions may cause Hill to drop to the third day which would be a blessing for the Cardinals to scoop up the former Longhorn without much risk.
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He is not afraid to mix it up in run defense. Closes on the football well and shortens distance between himself and receiver quickly. Very physical corner who enjoys coming up in run support. Has the ability to blanket finesse receivers and play press coverage. Seems to have a second level of aggression he can go to if needed. Can play in different types of coverage and disguises his looks well. Very athletic and has physical tools to play in any scheme.
Will need to put on more weight to play against bigger receivers. At times struggles coming out of the break and will hold. Maturity issues have become larger part of conversation after Hill was suspended for final three games. Will need to work on ball skills and often takes too long to locate the football.