Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton joined Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM’s Movin’ the Chains on Monday and discussed his impending free agency.
Hilton cannot wait, and is counting his blessings.
“I’m excited. I know how hard I’ve been working for this opportunity,” Hilton said. “Being in this situation, from being an undrafted guy, I’m blessed to be in this position.”
Hilton has played a crucial role in Pittsburgh’s defense over the last four season as one of the league’s best slot corners, a role he relishes.
“It’s something I take pride in,” Hilton said. “Teams probably realize that if you have a guy that can play that slot position, you can do a lot defensively. Me being a physical guy, it plays to my strengths.”
Hilton is adept in coverage, but No. 28 truly separates himself as an accomplished blitzer and by forcing turnovers. With the need for his unique skill set becoming more and more desirable, Hilton is expected to be highly-coveted when free agency begins in earnest.
Undrafted out of Ole Miss in 2016, Hilton bounced around practice squads before finally landing in Pittsburgh, where he has played his entire career since.
Hilton has amassed 237 total tackles, 32 pass breakups, 30 tackles-for-loss, 9.5 sacks, seven interceptions and five fumble recoveries over four seasons with the Steelers.
Free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. on March 17 with the official start of the 2021 league year.