HOLTON HILL | CB | TEXAS
Height: 6015 | Weight: 196 | Arm: 32" | Hand: 9 5/8" | 40 Time: 4.49 | 10-Split: 1.58 | Bench: 14 | 3Cone: 6.83 | Broad: 120" | Vertical: 31"
Holton "Hollywood" Hill is a third-year Junior who has started 20 of 26 career games at Texas. Hill finished his Longhorns career with 122 tackles (1 for loss), 8 pass deflections, and interestingly, Hill has taken all 3 of his career interceptions back to the house for TDs. Per PFF, Hill allowed 30 receptions on 58 targets for 259 yards for 0 TDs and passer rating of 49.4. Hill was an All-American at Lamar High School in Texas and was one of the highest-rated CBs in the nation as a senior.
Hill possesses great length and size for the CB position and is an outstanding athlete with terrific hips, make-up speed and mirroring ability. An eight year junior Olympian, Hill has great foot speed for his size with average leaping ability.
In press coverage, Hill wins with his long arms and ability to punch and lock smaller WRs at the LOS and is an ideal bump-and-run boundary corner. In man coverage, Hill shows a fluid backpedal and good hip-flip and foot speed to stay in-phase and turn his head to locate the football. In off zone coverage, Hill does well to plant quickly and attack the ball aggressively. Hill’s biggest weakness is his football IQ which stems from a lack of situational awareness and discipline in coverage as he relies too often on his physicality, drawing his fair share of interference penalties during crucial down and distances. In run support, Hill is an aggressive tackler who shows enthusiasm when he can line up the ball carrier and generate a big hit. When he cannot line up his target, Hill reverts to attacking the legs and feet, making it easy for the runner to break through contact.
There are a ton of character concerns for Hill off-the-field. Hill was suspended from the team based on violation of team rules and forced to sit out the final three games of the 2017 season by Tom Herman. A report by 247Sports suggests that Hill has failed three drug tests at Texas and his character will be heavily vetted throughout the pre-draft process. Hill's father was a linebacker at UTEP from 1980-1982 and prior to his troubles at the Forty Acres, the corporate communications major was a member of the honor roll in high school and played in a band growing up. Hill compares in body type and style of play to Byron Maxwell and is best suited for a Cover 3 defense with heavy Press technique. Hill’s physical tools, willingness to tackle, and press technique project him as an early mid-rounder while his questionable football IQ and off-the-field issues will cause him to slide to day three.
Overall Grade: 65
Athletic Ability: 5
Play Strength: 5
Play Speed: 4
Competitive Toughness: 3
Press Coverage: 5
Man Coverage: 4
Zone Coverage: 4
Make-Up Speed: 4
Player Comparison: Byron Maxwell
Projected Round: Round 6/7
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