Cole Holcomb

North Carolina
LB

Prospect Info

College
North Carolina
Hometown
Class
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
231 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.36
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Washington
Redskins
Round 5 ‧ Pick 35
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Holcomb has been a productive player for the Tar Heels despite having to earn his roster spot as a walk-on. The Florida native redshirted in 2014 before becoming a special teams stalwart the next season (15 tackles). Eventually earning that scholarship, Holcomb went on to lead the team in tackles in 2016 (115, five for loss, five pass breakups in 13 starts), 2017 (93, 2.5 for loss, three pass breakups in 11 starts) and 2018 (105, 8.0, one sack, four pass breakups in 11 starts). Holcomb ranked in the top 10 nationally with four forced fumbles his senior year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
Speedy run-and-chase linebacker with the eyes and instincts to diagnose and respond quickly, but lacking critical take-on skill at the point of attack. He has sideline-to-sideline range but he needs to play less reactively and with a more urgent play demeanor in attacking downhill. Holcomb's outstanding pro day numbers should push his draft value up the board as a three-down backup WILL linebacker and core special teamer.
Strengths
  • Outstanding pro day workout raised draft profile
  • Loose and athletic in his movements
  • Good play speed with sideline-to-sideline range
  • Early play recognition and diagnosis
  • Scrapes with quick, long shuffle to track running backs
  • Stays wide, balanced and tackle-ready when meeting runners
  • Agility and reactive twitch expands tackle range in space
  • Has speed to spy dangerous scrambling quarterbacks
  • Quick to spot and jump a screen pass
  • Has traits and experience to handle core special teams duties
Weaknesses
  • Play lacks decisiveness and aggression
  • Too willing to sit on second level and wait out play development
  • Low tackle-for-loss percentage during his career
  • Gets wired to blockers when runs come downhill at him
  • Must improve his punch and separation for take-ons
  • Has better coverage athleticism than instincts
  • Loses balance at the break points in man coverage
  • Will need to play with greater urgency

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league