Holton Hill has to restore some trust with NFL decision makers this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller pegged the former Texas cornerback as one of the players with the most to lose if things don’t go well in Indianapolis. That’s not because of any concerns of Hill’s talents on the field, but because of concerns about his behavior off of it.
Maybe I jinxed him, but the week before the University of Texas suspended Hill, he was ranked as my No. 1 cornerback for the 2018 class. Off-field problems and rumored failed drug tests are issues that must be addressed head-on by Hill this week. If he can pass the combine test and come across as repentant and changed in interviews, his stock could be rehabbed.
All players undergo drug testing at the combine, and Miller thinks Hill’s needs to come back clean in order to alleviate some of the concerns of NFL teams. Plenty of great prospects have had their stock impacted by failed drug tests at the combine, most recently Alabama’s Reuben Foster in 2017. Foster had been talked about as a possible top-10 pick before the combine, but that positive test and his altercation with a hospital employee contributed to his fall to No. 31 overall.
Hill is regarded as a talented, athletic defensive back prospect. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said Hill has the ideal size teams look for in cornerbacks. However, his indefinite suspension from the program last fall will inevitably concern scouts and general managers.
CBS Sports ranks Hill as the No. 6 cornerback in the draft and the No. 51 prospect overall.
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