Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton is making a good impression on his teammates.
Guard Ramon Foster has missed the Steelers’ offseason work due to injury, but he has been observing. He is impressed with several young players, including Hilton.
“Also, Mike, No. 40, the DB, I had to ask Kevin Colbert about him: Who is this guy?” Foster said in a Steelers.com interview. “He’s comfortable going with the [starters]. He’s a guy that’s always making a play. He’s shifty, he doesn’t look rattled.”
Hilton played college football at Mississippi. For much of that time he was joined in the defensive backfield by Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson.
In 2015, Hilton was named second-team All-SEC. He did not get selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, but ended up signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They cut him during training camp.
The New England Patriots signed him to their practice squad, then released him eight days later. In December the Steelers signed him to their practice squad, and in January they brought him back on a reserve/futures contract.
The Steelers defensive backfield improved throughout the 2016 season. If Hilton can prove to be another dependable player, they may be on their way to developing one of the deeper defensive backfields in the NFL.