The 2018 NFL Draft is fast approaching and on Friday, Michigan State gave pro coaches and scouts the chance to take a closer look at some former Spartans. Running back Gerald Holmes made the most of his opportunity, recording a broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches — a number that would’ve tied for second among all running backs at the NFL combine earlier this month.
The broad jump is used to measure a player’s short-area quickness and burst, and it serves as an indicator of lower-body balance and strength. Take a look at Holmes’ best jump from Friday below:
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Holmes was a complementary piece in the Spartans’ offense over his four-year career. He played in 11 games as a senior in 2017, including five starts. He played a big role in Michigan State’s 17-7 win over Maryland on Nov. 18., recording 64 yards on 11 carries. The next week, a 40-7 win for the Spartans over Rutgers, Holmes scored his lone rushing touchdown of the season and ran for 59 yards.
The NFL draft will kick off April 26 and run through April 28. Holmes has been mentioned only sparsely in mock drafts, but perhaps his showing in the broad jump will open the necessary eyes.
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