4. Holton Hill – CB
If Holton Hill was hoping to secure a starting position with the Vikings in 2020, then this situation has become a little more unclear after their 2020 NFL Draft picks.
Minnesota drafted former TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney in the first round this year and this was followed soon after by another intriguing player at the position in Cameron Dantzler, who the Vikings drafted in the third round.
This has left Hill fighting for snaps on the field when competitive action gets underway. But he could still be the favorite for the No. 2 spot with no preseason games for the rookie duo.
Hill’s progress was significantly hampered by an eight-game suspension in 2019. This was a hammer blow to the corner and Minnesota. And even though the corner proved to be reliable when he finally returned last season, it remains to be seen just how much damage this has done to his long-term aspirations.
There are plenty of likable traits surrounding Hill. He has all the speed needed to make a real success of a more prominent role. And the increased responsibility might keep him more on the straight and narrow.
The reliability concerns remain an issue that he needs to address. But how much responsibility Hill will command will be ultimately down to how well Gladney and Dantzler adjust to the next level.