2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA

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Weight: 195

Class: Junior

D.O.B: – –


ArmsHandsWingspan40-YDBPVJBJ3-Cone20-YD Shuttle60-YD Shuttle
Combine29 4/89 2/869 6/84.4812N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
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Strengths: Holmes possesses solid height with a compact muscular frame that contains very good athleticism due to elite speed, very good short area quickness, and very good hip fluidity. Good line of scrimmage skills when he stays patient and uses his quick feet to mirror all releases with ease. Smooth back pedal allowing him to play with a low center of gravity that equates to smooth transitions. Good man cover corner, displaying very good hip fluidity in press man and off coverage to flip his hips while staying on the receivers track without struggling to accelerate. Uses his elite foot speed to carry vertical routes from press and off coverage effortlessly while showing the ability to recover when he gets beat. Very good click and close abilities when using his explosive burst to trigger downhill using efficient footwork. Good zone coverage abilities, displaying very good mental processing when he his asked to play as an underneath defender while carrying over the top of vertical routes when asked to play a deep zone. Displays the elite speed and ball skills to be a corner who can succeed as deep zone cover corner as well despite lacking ideal length. Very good ball skills due to explosive leaping ability, soft hands, and very good competitive toughness to play to the whistle at the catch point. A good tackler in space when limiting yards after the catch or coming downhill to make a tackle on throws to the flat as an underneath zone defender. Provides very good value as a returner with experience catching punts and kickoffs using his elite athleticism to be effective in the return game.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal length as a sub six-foot cornerback. Line of scrimmage skills can become adequate when he attempts to just run with receivers instead of forcing them to play through him and cut off their timing. Can be overly aggressive to trigger in zone coverage due to poor eye discipline which leaves him susceptible to double moves and high-low route concepts. Displays marginal competitive toughness as a poor run support player, often opting against getting involved in run fits unless the ball comes directly to him. Adequate play strength when having to take on blocks to set a firm edge and shed blocks.
Summary: Holmes is a good cornerback prospect who lacks ideal size yet makes up for it with elite athleticism. Body type projects more as a nickel at the next level but his sturdy frame and physicality in coverage will allow him to hold up well on the outside. Would like to see him bring that same physicality into run support in order for him to be successful as a nickel. Elite foot speed to run with any receiver in the NFL and the quickness to handle shiftier receivers will allow him to be a player who can contribute immediately on passing downs. Scheme versatile player due to good mental processing in zone coverage with the speed and leaping ability to succeed as a deep zone defender despite his size. Has all the tools to be a very good man cover corner. Needs to be more disciplined with his eyes as his aggressive nature in zone coverage will cause him to gamble at the wrong times. Will be a solid starter at the next level who has the potential to develop into a Pro Bowl caliber player if he develops his run support to make him a very good nickel.
Grade: 2nd Round

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