PROS: Has dangerous and explosive track speed as a returner. Shows good vision when working in the return game. Makes first guy miss on punts, and is able to hit the seam on kickoffs with the speed to take it the distance. Runs hard for his size and doesn't shy from contact. Shows some ability as a one-cut runner when working on slants and stretch plays as a runner.
CONS: Lacks size to be a factor on offense at the next level. Will dance a bit too much at times as a returner. Doesn't show great change of direction skill, stopping his feet when he's cutting.
OVERVIEW: He was used primarily as a returner at LSU, but also got reps as a running back and threat on reverses and end-arounds on offense. Finished career with 115 carries for 776 yards (6.7 avg) and 4 touchdowns. Only caught 7 passes in his LSU career. Averaged 15.0 yards on 43 punts with 2 scores and 24.7 yards on 73 kickoffs with 2 scores in his career. Set an LSU record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.02 seconds. Was the anchor on the school's 4x100 meter relay team and had a chance to run on Team USA in the World Championships in 2007, but opted to play football instead.
NFL FORECAST: Holliday has Olympic speed, it's as simple as that. And was a dynamic threat on special teams because of it throughout his LSU career. He's really a track star that is tough enough to want to play football as well. His lack of size will limit his ability to play on offense in the pros. He can get opportunities like he did at LSU on reverses and stuff like that, but teams won't really call his number very often. His value in the pros will be as a returner. He can impact right away in that regard, although it is noteworthy to see that he didn't have great production in that area in college. Teams did kick away from him for much of his career, but he was not as effective a kickoff returner in his final two years as he was early on. But it's hard to see teams replacing him there just because of his elite speed.
ATL FORECAST: Holliday could push Weems for his job as the team's return threat. His speed alone probably would win him the job, assuming he doesn't show issues with ball security and muffing punts in camp. But that never really was a major issue at LSU, so I wouldn't suspect it to become one now. And while he ultimately may not be any more productive than Weems, his reputation alone could effect field position as teams try to kick away from him. And he would simply just be more exciting to watch if nothing else.
VALUE: For a team needing a return threat, they could snag him in the third or fourth round.
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