Jeff Holland Draft Profile

Jeff Holland draft profile

Strengths:

  • Play is always physical with splashes of violence
  • 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
  • Strong lower body
  • High motor
  • Harassed QB’s all year long
  • Banger who looks to be as violent a tackler as possible
  • Forced four fumbles this season

Analysis: Jeff Holland was a 2017 first-team All-SEC honoree with 45 tackles, 13 for losses, 10 sacks, and four forced fumbles for the Auburn Tigers. He backed up Carl Lawson in 2016, playing in 12 games with 13 stops, three for loss, and two sacks. 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. He was dominant in his only season as a starter and his high non-stop motor will be a favorite among defensive coaches. He has a mean streak to his game and does not shy away from contact.

Weaknesses:

  • Plays with hip tightness and poor body composition
  • Tight throughout his lower body
  • Carries bad weight and doesn’t have typical physique of an NFL starter along the edge
  • Not a cover guy in the pros
  • Struggles in changing direction and maintaining balance as open field tackler
  • Loses leverage battles consistently

Analysis: Jeff Holland doesn’t have a shredded physique and isn’t the most athletic pass rusher in the draft, but he’s a hard-nosed player who found a way to consistently harass quarterbacks in 2017. Holland looks a bit labored in his movements on tape–he is tight throughout his lower half and that results in a lack of leverage in his play. A lot of edge rushers in the pros are asked to occasionally drop into coverage–Holland will not be that guy, lacking the lateral quickness and overall athleticism to keep up with backs and tight ends in the NFL. He will be a sub-package player early in his career with the hope he can develop into something more.

Size: 6’2 249lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round grade

NFL Comparison: Hau’oli Kikaha

Draft Projection: Day 3

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