Texas defensive back Holton Hill (5) defects a pass intended for Oklahoma State's James Washington at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Oct. 21, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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This week in mock drafts: Is Holton Hill the Longhorns’ top defensive prospect?

Posted February 23rd, 2018


Will Connor Williams become a Patriot? Will Malik Jefferson become a Steeler?

With the NFL Draft upcoming, Texas will have no shortage of professional prospects. Williams, an offensive lineman, and Jefferson, a linebacker, both entered the draft after leaving a year of eligibility on the table. As did punter Michael Dickson, running back Chris Warren III and defensive backs DeShon Elliott and Holton Hill. Defensive tackle Poona Ford and receiver Armanti Foreman are among the UT seniors who could catch the attention of NFL scouts.

Read more: Six Longhorns earn a chance to improve their draft stock at NFL Combine


The NFL Draft doesn’t kick off until April 26. That leaves plenty of time for all-star games, pro days and mock drafts. So, what are these NFL insiders seeing in their crystal balls when it comes to the Longhorns?

This week, we’re pulling from the first-round predictions made by the prognosticators at DraftTek, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso and Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling. DraftTek mapped out the entire draft in its mock draft. Easterling’s predictions, which were published last week, covered three rounds.

Mock Draft Round-up: Part VI

 DraftTekESPNSports IllustratedCBS SportsDraft Wire
OL Connor WilliamsNew England (31)n/aBaltimore (16)Cleveland (4)LA Chargers (17)
LB Malik JeffersonPittsburgh (92)n/an/an/aNew Orleans (27)
DB Holton HillCleveland (33)n/an/an/an/a
DB DeShon ElliottPittburgh (60)n/an/an/aKansas City (86)
DL Poona FordDallas (112)n/an/an/an/a

Let’s talk about DraftTek’s mock draft, which goes against the grain when it comes to Hill. Of the 29 other mock drafts that we’ve looked at since mid-January, only one slotted Hill as a fourth-round pick. The DraftTek predictions have Hill — and Elliott — going off the board before Jefferson, who was a first-round selection in nine of the aforementioned drafts. DraftTek even paired Hill with the New Orleans Saints’ first-round pick in the mock draft it released last week.

Hill recorded two interceptions, six pass break-ups and three non-offensive touchdowns this past season, and he was regarded as one of the Big 12’s top cornerbacks. He, however, was suspended for the season’s final four games for a violation of team rules.


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