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Colts Sign Former Vikings Cornerback Holton Hill

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The Indianapolis Colts announced on Thursday the signing of former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Holton Hill.

The 6’2”, 196 pound cornerback (32” arms) was initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Texas by the Vikings in 2018. He’s recorded 73 tackles (61 solo), 1 interception, a sack, and 11 passes defensed during 28 career games (6 starts)—all with Minnesota.

This past season, per PFF (subscription), Hill was targeted 25 times in coverage for 15 receptions (60.0% completion rate), 219 receiving yards (14.6 ypr. avg.), a touchdown, and 4 pass breakups during 4 games (2 starts).

Hill has some intriguing physical measurables:

However, he also has some lingering concerns, having been suspended by the University of Texas for violating team rules to end his junior season (and ultimately, his collegiate career)—before declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft.

In the pros, he’s already been suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse respectively.

Hill has some talent, and the Colts could use some reliable depth at cornerback in training camp right now—as both Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie are currently on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list. We’ll see if he can push for a spot on the 53-man active roster.