Texas defensive back Holton Hill runs the 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine on Monday, March 5, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Golden: Holton Hill has good chance of sticking with the Vikings as a free agent

Posted May 1st, 2018

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes:

On a Longhorn not taken in the NFL draft:

Former Horn Holton Hill was not one of the 256 names called over the weekend but he has a good chance to stick on with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. The Vikes need help in the secondary, particularly at the nickel corner position that was occupied by 39-year-old Terence Newman last season.

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Hill’s issues off the field in college were the reason he went undrafted because he was arguably best defensive back in the Big 12 before he got suspended. At 6-2 with long arms and sub-4.5 speed, he could make an immediate impact on special teams if he makes the team.

Minnesota took Central Florida corner Mike Hughes in the first round, but in a division like the NFC Central — where Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford reside — you can never have enough DBs.

Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson (LB21) catches a pass during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

On a Longhorn taken in the NFL draft:

Of all the Texas players picked in the NFL draft, the one that most intrigues is linebacker Malik Jefferson, who went to the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round with the 78th overall pick.

The Bengals have always had at least one elite ‘backer and in recent years, it’s been Vontaze Burfict, who has made more headlines for the numerous cheap shots he has delivered to the opposition than for great plays. It will be interesting to see how this new dynamic plays out with Jefferson — one of the nicest guys to come out of UT — and Burfict, who has earned a reputation as this generation’s Conrad Dobler.

Don’t go to the dark side, Malik.

 

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on NBC sports broadcaster Bob Costas and former Texas hoopster Tristan Thompson, click here.

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