Elijah Holyfield

Georgia
RB
RB10

Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
College Park, GA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
217 lbs
30 3/8”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.40
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.78
Seconds
 
Bench Press
26
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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The fact that Holyfield is the son of heavyweight champion boxer Evander is patently clear when watching him run. The All-State pick from College Park, Georgia, did not receive many opportunities as a true freshman with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb leading the Bulldogs' run game (6-29-4.8 receiving; 1-19-19.0 receiving in five games). It was a similar story in 2017, with Michel, Chubb and D'Andre Swift getting most of the carries, though Holyfield did play in 13 contests and start the SEC Championship Game (50-293-5.9, two TD rushing). He joined Swift as part the team's 1-2 punch at running back as a junior, starting 9 of 14 games played and rushing 159 times for 1,018 yards (6.4 average) and seven scores (along with 5-40.8.0 receiving).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6-7
NFL Comparison
Mark Ingram
Overview
Bulldog runner in every sense of the word with his stout frame and aggressive running style but possessing the suddenness to elude tacklers and blow past linebackers. Holyfield is a frenetic back with a palpable energy that works in his favor but also causes diminished patience and impulsive run tracks at times. He was slow and unexplosive at the combine, and that will likely cause him to tumble way down the board, but his play traits could make him a solid backup.
Strengths
  • Ball of fury wrapped in a muscular packaging
  • Quick to process, quick to respond
  • Decisive in choosing effective alternative rush routes
  • Explosive with quick-twitch jump-cuts and downhill bursts
  • Acceleration is instant helping him rip past linebackers
  • Stalls perimeter pursuit with stutter-steps before racing past
  • Feet are like pistons that never stop firing
  • Running style transitions from shifty to angry in an instant
  • Accelerates into tacklers and keeps feet moving
  • Requires committed approach to tackle
  • Drags initial tackler with him for additional yardage
Weaknesses
  • Frenetic runner whose patience can run short
  • Running style lacks tempo and fluidity
  • Can be quick to bounce runs wide rather than allowing blocks to develop
  • Quicker than fast
  • Short-strider in open field
  • Lacks finesse and tries to bull through interior crease
  • May not possess top-end, home-run speed Has had very little exposure as third-down option
Sources Tell Us

"There is love on these scouting streets for him and then you have people who see him as a good backup." -- Scouting director for AFC team

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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