Texas defensive lineman Poona Ford (95) attempts to break loose of a hold from Kansas lineman Andru Tovi (77) at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 11, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Holton Hill and Poona Ford among Longhorns who ink undrafted free agent deals

Posted April 28th, 2018


After being selected in the NFL Draft, a quartet of Longhorns will still be joined in the NFL by their undrafted teammates.

Texas led the state in draftees this year as offensive lineman Connor Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, punter Michael Dickson and safety DeShon Elliott were taken over the course of the seven-round draft. Texas, however, had 16 players work out at its pro timing day in March. That left plenty of Longhorns to sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.

Texas assistant coach Oscar Giles announced that defensive tackle Poona Ford has signed with Seattle. Cornerback Holton Hill, meanwhile, will reportedly go to Minnesota. Hill and Ford had both been linked to various mock drafts, but questions about Ford’s size and Hill’s off-field issues apparently caught up with the prospects.

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On Saturday, Texas defensive backs Antwuan Davis and Jason Hall both told the American-Statesman they had also reached free agent deals. Hall will join Ford in Seattle, which drafted Dickson on Saturday and already has Texas Exes Earl Thomas, Marcus Johnson and Tyrone Swoopes on its roster. Davis will head to Detroit, which employs former UT defensive back Quandre Diggs in its secondary.


Like Hill, Texas receiver Armanti Foreman also reportedly signed with Minnesota. Linebacker Naashon Hughes, who was a team captain this past season, will attempt to catch on with Green Bay.

Last month, Foreman said he would use Johnson as an example if he wasn’t drafted. Johnson signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but ended up winning playing time and a Super Bowl ring. Foreman’s twin, D’Onta, was chosen by Houston in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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