Comfortable playing in press coverage with good hips. Shows ability to jump throw and break up pass when working in short zones. Is physical and willing in run support. Will set the edge against the outside run. Shows good speed to make stops in pursuit, and does a nice job breaking down and making stop in the open field. Contributes on special teams as a return man.
DOesn't do a good job getting the jam when working in press coverage. Gets turned around at times in coverage and has trouble locating the ball in the air. Will bite on play fakes and give up the big play. Occasionally will whiff on stops in the open field.
Holmes is a physical, tough corner that does a good job in run support. He is versatile playing both corner and free safety at Syracuse. And he probably projects best at the latter at the next level. A four-year starter, Holmes combined for 274 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 3 sacks, and 6 picks. He played mostly cornerback, starting there as a senior and sophomore, and mostly there as a freshman. He also was an effective return man, averaging 10.4 yards on 30 career punts, and 23.5 yards on 55 career kickoff returns, with a touchdown.
Holmes is a guy that will have to perform on special teams to really stick in the pros. But you like his toughness to think that he might be able to catapult that into a role as a reserve down the road. I think he probably fits best as an undersized safety, but if he can bulk up and get up around 195 he shouldn't be so undersized there. He has the hips and quickness to play corner as well, but doesn't quite have the polish and awareness to really love his chances there. But he might be able to land a role as a nickel guy or No. 4 corner because teams will like his toughness. He'll probably work best in a zone-heavy scheme that will take advantage of his skills in run support. His ability to play special teams gives him immediate value on the bench, and if he can develop some more, he can add depth on defense. Although he's not quite the type of player you want to give an extensive role to. But you like his chances beause of his ability to play either corner or safety down the road.
Holmes has the sort of toughness the Falcons like because he reminds me of Brent Grimes in that way. He can compete for the Falcons, but like Grimes he's not a guy that is going to come in right away and carve out a niche. He can push for time on special teams, but probably won't unseat Weems. If he can play on special teams he can make the team as the No. 5 corner with the hope that like Grimes he can develop and move up the depth chart a bit down the road. But more than likely he'll be a backup that plays mostly special teams for the Falcons.
Holmes versatility to play either corner or safety, as well as produce on special teams gives him nice sixth or seventh round value as a developmental prospect.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Man Coverage: 2.5
Zone Coverage: 3.0
Ball Skills: 2.5
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