Photo of DeVonte Holloman
Drafted By: Cowboys

Combine Results

Grade
70.5 ?
  • 4.76 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.30 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Holloman is a very aggressive player who needs to get stronger. I'm not sure linebacker will be his position in the NFL, but he should make for an outstanding special teams player." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 243LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Holloman made the transition from strong safety to “Spur," a hybrid safety/linebacker position, for his senior year after it was held by Antonio Allen (who was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round last April) the past three seasons. His growing frame, agility in coverage, and hard-hitting attitude made him a natural fit for this position.



He was considered one of the top high school players in North Carolina before moving to South Carolina for his senior season, and didn’t disappoint there, leading South Point High School to a state title. He got onto the field immediately as a true freshman, playing in 13 games (two starts at strong safety, 30 tackles, interception), and then became a regular starter in 2010 (10 starts in 14 games played, 69 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups). A preseason DUI arrest cost him the 2011 opener, and he only started two games, but he was still quite productive (51 tackles, four for loss, interception, four pass break-ups). As a senior on a very talented South Carolina defense, Holloman managed 55 tackles (eight for loss), two sacks, and three interceptions.

Analysis

Strengths

Versatile defender with a strong overall build. Plays over the tight end, in the slot, in the stack. Long, thick arms make him a secure tackler once latching on, brings pop to his stops whether in the open field or backfield. Moves well laterally. Takes on blocks in the open field extremely well. Locks out arms, and anchors in. Showcases violent hands in ripping off blocks. Stands his ground, or lowers a shoulder against pulling guards and tight end blocks on the edge, providing containment. Offers strength and speed as a blitzer. Former safety shows some agility to stay with tight ends and some receivers off the line. Shows some hustle across the field and chasing plays from behind. Take advantage of poor throws to secure interceptions with his hands, looking the ball in even if it’s away from his frame.

Weaknesses

Average fluidity and flexibility, often lunges for tackles. Will need to prove straight-line speed, seems to lack the ability to recover or track down faster ballcarriers from behind. Could be more physical knocking receivers off their routes off the line, and has the strength to do so.

NFL Comparison

Chad Greenway

Bottom Line

After starting 14 games at strong safety in his first three seasons, Holloman moved to the “Spur” hybrid position for 2012, showing off his ability to lay the wood and move in coverage. If teams he can show well on special teams and hold his own against NFL linemen against the run, Holloman could be a solid Saturday draft pick as a Sam 'backer, and a likely candidate to outplay his draft position.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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