Now, he isn't a real physical tackler in any area of the game, but does a nice job using the sideline as an additional defender and funneling ball carriers who break into the open field out of bounds.Isn't real technically sound in his drop, as he allows himself to get too high and plays on his heels, and he almost seems to be backpedaling far too fast for his own good and looks out of control.
However, showcases the ability to regain his balance when changing directions and gets back up to speed quickly after his initial false step. Is a gifted sideline-to-sideline athlete who showcases some natural range vs. the pass and can close on the throw quickly once he recognizes what he's seeing. However, for the most part he's very slow to react to the throw and just isn't real instinctive reading his pass keys.
Impression: A rail-thin defensive back who lacks the size, physicality and overall instincts for the next level. But the guy can really run, which could end up getting him a chance to work his way into an NFL camp."
Positive: Hard-working defender who plays with an aggressive attitude. Instinctive, keeps his head on a swivel, and remains disciplined with assignments. Plays heads-up football with great effort. Breaks down well, displays a burst to the action, and gives effort in every aspect of the game. Sacrifices his body to make the tackle and sells out on the blitz. Solid sideline-to-sideline range.
Negative: Undersized, physically beaten by opponents, and not a strong tackler. Lack of height limits him in coverage.
Analysis: Holmes has been very productive at Syracuse yet possesses poor size for the next level. He has the mentality and skills to catch on as a ninth defensive back if he continues solid play on special teams."