HOLTON HILL

Texas
CB

Prospect Info

College
Texas
Hometown
Class
Houston, TX
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
200 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

5.63
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.49
Seconds
 
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.83
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.15
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Hill was just starting to earn a name for himself nationally in 2017 before being suspended for violating team rules. He started the first nine games of his junior season, intercepting two passes and returning both for touchdowns. Hill also broke up six passes and posted 51 tackles in a season that would have been acknowledged as all-conference team-worthy without the suspension. Hill was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick in 2015 (49 tackles, one for loss, one interception that was returned for a score), but played in only five games, starting three, during a difficult 2016 season (21 tackles, one pass breakup). Expectations were high for the tall, lean, and athletic Hill coming out of high school as an All-American. He was named the Greater Houston Defensive Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle and first-team all-state pick after leading the state with 11 interceptions.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Sean Davis
Overview
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. 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. If Hill runs well at the Combine, that could override potential maturity issues.
Strengths
  • Has size and length teams look for from an early round cornerback
  • Can hit a switch and play with more aggression in-game
  • Play strength is a plus
  • Punches and separates against blockers
  • Gives what he's got as a hitter and tackler
  • Accelerates into contact with ball carriers and pass-catchers
  • Shows ability to smother finesse receivers off the snap from press
  • Intelligent person and player
  • Has early mirror and match from backpedal in off-man
  • Can disguise zone
  • Instinctive with some pattern recognition giving him the jump on certain routes
  • Asked to stick Oklahoma State's James Washington all game and held him to four catches for 32 yards
  • Has athleticism and awareness to fit into every type of coverage and scheme
Weaknesses
  • Still needs work with ball skills
  • Doesn't find football quickly enough with his back to the quarterback
  • Can be hesitant choosing course of action when throws head his way
  • Will open hips earlier than he needs to
  • Caught flat-footed at route stems and will look to hold
  • Has cover talent, but still in a grappling phase
  • Could take awhile to rid himself of bad habits and trust his technique
  • Burst from transitions is average
  • Scouts call him immature and question willingness to treat it like a job on next level
Sources Tell Us

"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

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league