Holmes saw his brother, Alex, win two national championships during his four-year career at USC as a tight end – and although the Trojans were expected to contend in 2012, the team faltered to a 7-6 record. The NCAA sanctions limited the Trojans from two season of postseason work, and Khalid (pronounced CALL-id) was a key cog in an offensive line that looked to protect Matt Barkley but failed on multiple occasions, specifically against interior blitzes.
Holmes actually played in front of Barkley at Mater Dei High School’s nationally-renowned program, earning All-American and all-state accolades. He did not see much action his first two years on campus, redshirting in 2008 and playing in just three games as a reserve the following year. Holmes stepped into the right guard spot as a sophomore, earning honorable mention all-conference honors. Despite missing spring practices before the 2011 season with a shoulder injury, his switch to center was so successful that Pac-12 coaches voted second-team all-league. In 2012, Holmes missed the Stanford contest with an ankle injury. The following week against Cal, Holmes was carted off the field for the second time in a month. He returned to a tough mathcup with Utah's Star Lotulelei and started the remainder of the season.
Tenacious player who gets after any defensive lineman in his path – and teammates who aren’t getting the job done. Sustains blocks through the whistle and takes his man backwards and drives them to the ground regularly. Quick feet for his size, can reach second-level targets or get out in front of screens. Hustles to help either guard, or both on the same play, when uncovered. Good mover on zone plays. Uses his hands and bulk to move his man out of the hole. Usually anchors even when his man gets his hands up quickly after the snap. Good student, has already graduated with a double major of classics and communication.
Taller than the average center, doesn’t sit into his stance as low as many in the pivot. Must play with more knee bend, overextends at the waist while engaged and ends up on the ground too often. Does not always recognize inside blitzes, attacks a lineman and allows linebacker to come through the middle without an attempt to slow him down.
Brian De La Puente
This tall, physical, mobile, and intelligent interior lineman first snapped for quarterback Matt Barkley first at Mater Dei High School in California, and then for the Trojans in 2011 and 2012 after starting at guard as a sophomore. Holmes dealt with ankle and leg injuries all season, and the Trojans interior offensive line took a huge step back without him. The senior will need to prove his health since he projects best to a heavy zone blocking scheme.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
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).
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.
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.
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.