4 trade deadline targets at CB for the Carolina Panthers
By Dean Jones
Holton Hill – Minnesota Vikings
This represents a low-risk, high reward scenario for the Carolina Panthers. Holton Hill‘s time with the Minnesota Vikings is soon coming to an end and there is little doubt that they wouldn’t accept a conditional late-round pick for the cornerback before the trade deadline.
Hill’s time with the Vikings hasn’t gone according to plan. The promising player missed a large part of 2019 through suspension after violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and his production has been less than stellar this time around.
It doesn’t appear that Hill is a good scheme fit in Minnesota. But that doesn’t mean he cannot be of some use to the Panthers. He has missed the last two games with a foot injury that would need to be checked out. However, there is still a great deal of potential where the former Texas standout is concerned.
Hill can operate better as a slot cornerback than on the outside. This is a role that Corn Elder has performed admirably for the Panthers this season, but given the recent release of Eli Apple, there is a definite need for one more veteran presence to take the heat of struggling rookie Troy Pride Jr.
This wouldn’t cost Carolina the earth financially, which is another plus. Hill is on the final year of his deal and is making a base salary of $750,000, so the player would also be fighting for a longer-term commitment that could also elevate his game in a different environment.