Holton Hill Draft Profile

Holton Hill draft profile

Strengths:

  • Has size and length teams look for from an early round cornerback
  • Play strength is a plus
  • Gives what he’s got as a hitter and tackler
  • Shows ability to smother finesse receivers off the snap from press
  • Intelligent person and player
  • Can disguise zone
  • Instinctive with some pattern recognition giving him the jump on certain routes
  • Has athleticism and awareness to fit into every type of coverage and scheme
  • Dominated James Washington

Analysis: Holton Hill made tremendous strides as a cover man this year and has the potential to take yet another big step forward once he trusts his footwork and becomes less grabby. His instincts and physicality in run support could allow teams to consider moving him to safety at some point. He has a high football IQ understanding the game as it plays out in front of him. He is strong for his position and his size allows him to matchup with any receiver anywhere on the field. His instincts are key to his success–he can read patterns before the receiver makes his break, and that allows Hill to jump certain routes. Put on the Texas vs Oklahoma State tape and watch Hill smother James Washington all over the field–he limited Washington to four receptions and 32 yards. He is a versatile defender in terms of playing in multiple schemes, coverages and positions.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks ball skills
  • Doesn’t find football quickly enough with his back to the quarterback
  • Will open hips earlier than he needs to
  • Has cover talent, but still in a grappling phase
  • Has bad habits that need attention
  • Burst from transitions is average
  • Scouts call him immature and question willingness to treat it like a job on next level

Analysis: Holton Hill has the size, strength and athletic ability that teams covet at cornerback, but his maturity issues will force teams to have early conversations about whether or not he will be on their board. He was kicked off the Longhorns team for a violation of team rules after nine games in 2017. His cover talent is apparent, but he tends to use his hands more so in a grab fashion than a jam corner. His burst between transitions is not elite like other parts of his game. He has trouble finding the ball on deep throws when he is focused on his man. Ball skills are not there. Character concerns are legit.

What the scouts say: “He will fall further than he should because you can’t trust him. He needed a clean, productive season to rehab the perception around him and I felt like he should have gone back to school. He can play. He’s a Day 2 talent, but I doubt he goes there.” — NFC area scout

Size: 6’3 200lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Sean Smith

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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