Prior to the 2018 NFL Draft, former Texas Longhorns cornerback Holton Hill was widely projected as a third- or fourth-round selection.
Instead, Hill found himself as an undrafted free agent by Saturday evening before signing with the Minnesota Vikings. It has been reported that Hill’s dramatic drop in the draft was due to a failed drug test at the NFL combine — a report Hill denied — and paired with his history of failed drug tests while at Texas, it would be understandable is an NFL franchise had cause for concern.
That concern doesn’t extend to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, though, as he detailed to Chris Tomasson of TwinCities.com.
“If he comes in here and does what we ask him to do, he’s got a chance,” Zimmer said.
“We’ve talked with every one of his coaches he has ever had in his entire life, I think,” Zimmer added. “We’ve talked to a lot of people at the University of Texas, and we feel comfortable with the situation. But it’s about the opportunity and what he does with that opportunity is up to him.”
If it’s up to Hill, he plans to make the most of this NFL opportunity. On the field, Hill’s talent is undeniable. He blossomed into an elite coverage corner and sure tackler at Texas last season before being suspended for the final three games due to a failed drug test.
Hill is well aware of those mistakes, which have cost him guaranteed NFL money as a third- or fourth-round selection, but he is intent on moving past them.
“You make mistakes in the past, but you’ve got to just move on in life, build and just grow from there,” Hill said.
“I’m just happy I got the opportunity to be here,” Hill added. “It’s an amazing feeling just being out here, having the opportunity to compete for a spot on the team.”