Former Texas cornerback Holton Hill reportedly failed a mandatory drug test at he NFL combine, which may have been part of the reason he went undrafted.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller reported Hill was one of three players who failed their combine drug tests. 247Sports’ Chip Brown reported Hill’s sample was “diluted” because he was sick and needed to drink a lot of fluids. The NFL automatically treats a diluted sample as a positive test. Hill was previously suspended indefinitely from the Longhorns football team for unspecified violations of team rules.
Miller also reported that former Texas tackle Desmond Harrison failed his combine drug test. Harrison was also suspended by the Longhorns before transferring to West Georgia for the 2017 season.
Hill isn’t the first player to allegedly fail a combine drug test due to illness. Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster offered the same explanation last year after he failed his combine test.
Regardless of why Hill failed the test, that result combined with his suspension last year might have been enough to keep a team from taking him in the 2018 NFL Draft. He ultimately signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent.
Hill was one of the top players on the Texas defense in 2017 before he was suspended. He had 51 tackles and 2 interceptions, both returned for touchdowns, in nine games.