Jalyn Holmes Draft Profile

Jalyn Holmes draft profile

Strengths:

  • Has length and natural power to become a more dominant player at point of attack
  • Long-limbed with frame to pack on more functional muscle
  • Conversion of speed to power as a bull rusher is impressive when he gets momentum rolling downhill
  • Has a spin move that could become a weapon
  • Long limbs suit him as an interior pass rusher
  • Has sneaky strength that is not noticeable at first glance
  • Played inside a scheme that asked defensive linemen to give themselves up with slants which limited production

Analysis: Jalyn Holmes waited his turn at Ohio State, not starting for his first three seasons due to the likes of  Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis, and Sam Hubbard in front of him.  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. 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 has intriguing size/strength potential that could make him a better pro than college player. His length could bode well for his interior rush abilities and the strength he packs underneath his pads isn’t noticeable but it is there. His production was lacking mainly due to scheme fit and better players ahead of him on the depth chart. Dangerous spin move needs to be utilized more.

Weaknesses:

  • Lack of speed and quickness limit range as a tackler
  • Needs to improve hand usage
  • Long strider with limited upfield burst to challenge the edge
  • Doesn’t play with much suddenness
  • Has trouble sinking and scrapping against down blocks due to high center of gravity
  • Offers very little pass rush talent as a 4-3 defensive end
  • Not the most athletic

Analysis: Jalyn 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. Jalyn Holmes lacks the explosiveness to be a starter who will fill up the stat sheet and will be relegated to sub packages as a pro. He doesn’t have the speed to make tackles worry about his rushing ability on the edge and he flat-out does not use his hands enough while rushing the passer. Burst off the snap leaves a lot to be desired. In most of his matchups in the NFL, he will be the one who is the worse athlete–which says a lot when you’re matching up against 350+ pound lineman.

Size: 6’5 283lbs

Draft Grade: 5th Round

NFL Comparison: Jack Crawford

Draft Projection: Round 4

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