Jeff Holland

Auburn
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Auburn
Hometown
Class
Jacksonville, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
249 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.56
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.79
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
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Broad Jump
116.0
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Holland became a fan favorite in The Plains in 2017 for his "Sensei Mud" celebration after a big play. He had quite a few big plays in his junior season, taking over Carl Lawson's spot and helping the Tigers win the SEC West. Holland was a 2017 first-team All-SEC honoree with 45 tackles, 13 for losses, 10 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He backed up Lawson in 2016, playing in 12 games with 13 stops, three for loss, and two sacks. As a true freshman, he played in 13 games as a reserve at the Sam linebacker position (13 tackles, 2.5 for loss, one sack). Holland played high school football in Jacksonville, earning all-state honors as a senior and was named the number one prospect from Florida that year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Hau'oli Kikaha
Overview
Holland doesn't have a shredded physique and could struggle with some of his athletic testing at the Combine, but he's a hard-nosed player who found a way to consistently harass quarterbacks in 2017. Holland wins as a rusher with a smart approach, good angles and plus play strength. While he has athletic limitations, his play strength and aggression will fit on an NFL roster. His rush ability could make him a solid rotational edge rusher with solid starter potential.
Strengths
  • Play is fierce and physical
  • Has good initial upfield burst with ability to accelerate around the edge
  • Gets upper body turn early in his rush to prevent tackles from squaring him with their punch
  • Utilizes two-hand swipe as pet move but rip and run around the arc is also effective
  • Has lower body strength to drive through redirects and run the arc
  • Was in the quarterback's business all year long
  • Pursues inside pocket with control and patience
  • Motor is a plus
  • Has upper body power to press and extend in setting edge
  • Plays with some anchor against power
  • Banger who looks to be as violent a tackler as possible
  • Forced four fumbles this season
Weaknesses
  • Plays with hip tightness and poor body composition
  • Carries bad weight and doesn't have typical physique of an NFL starter along the edge
  • Tight throughout his lower body
  • Unable to bend and strike with desired leverage to lift and control his man
  • Struggles in changing direction and maintaining balance as open field tackler
  • Initial lateral quickness is below average in pursuit
  • Movement in space is stiff and labored
  • Unlikely cover option as a pro
  • Will get caught under his pads and bounced off-track at times on inside moves

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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