Jalyn Holmes

Ohio St.
DE

Prospect Info

College
Ohio St.
Hometown
Class
Norfolk, VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
283 lbs
34”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.71
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Minnesota
Vikings
Round 4 ‧ Pick 2
40 Yard Dash
4.82
Seconds
 
Bench Press
25
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
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Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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With players like Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis, and Sam Hubbard on the Buckeyes, Holmes wasn't able to earn a start in his first three years on the team. He was still an important part of the line rotation, however, and was voted honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches and media after making 33 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and two sacks in 2016. He also had a pass breakup on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield which led to a 68-yard touchdown for linebacker Jerome Baker. Holmes got nine starts in 14 games played as a senior, again receiving the honorable mention all-conference nod after accumulating 29 tackles, three for loss, two sacks, and three pass breakups. Holmes played in 11 games in 2014 and every game as a reserve in 2015, as well, posting 11 tackles each season. Ohio State signed him out of Virginia as a four-star and top-100 recruit nationally after he was credited with 21 sacks over his final two seasons and was an all-state tight end as a junior.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Henry Anderson
Overview
Holmes doesn't rush well enough to be a 4-3 end and needs more strength to fit into 3-4 fronts. However, if he improves his hand usage and adds lower body strength, he has the potential to become an effective 3-4 end with the ability to push the pocket as an interior rusher in sub packages. Holmes lacks the explosiveness to be a starter who will fill up the stat sheet, but he has intriguing size/strength potential that could make him a better pro than college player.
Strengths
  • Long-limbed with frame to pack on more functional muscle
  • Looks awkward in movements, but is sneaky strong
  • Can shudder a blocker's pads with strong pop from his hands
  • Conversion of speed to power as a bull rusher is impressive when he gets momentum rolling downhill
  • Played inside a scheme that asked defensive linemen to give themselves up with slants which limited production
  • Has length and natural power to become a more dominant player at point of attack
  • Long levers suit him as an interior pass rusher
  • Has a spin move that could become a weapon
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't play with much suddenness or quick-twitch
  • Tight hips cause sluggish lateral movement
  • Has trouble sinking and scrapping against down blocks due to high center of gravity
  • Won't "out-athlete" opponents
  • Stagnant in stop-start situations
  • Lack of speed and quickness limit range as a tackler
  • Offers very little pass rush talent as a 4-3 defensive end
  • Long strider with limited upfield burst to challenge the edge
  • Takes too long to loop and attack the pocket on twists
  • Needs to improve hand usage

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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