In his time at Ohio State, Jalyn Holmes established himself as one of the elite defensive ends in all of college football. With his collegiate career behind him, Holmes is looking to prove himself as a pro, and will learn where that career will begin during the NFL draft next week.
Despite his impressive college résumé, his athleticism and his ability to play defensive end, NFL.com projects Holmes to be a third-round pick. However, NFL.com’s Chad Reuter thinks that Holmes is the most underrated player in the 2018 NFL Draft.
— NFL (@NFL) April 19, 2018
In an article on Wednesday, Reuter wrote that he believes Holmes will be an NFL starter in the near future.
Here’s what Reuter wrote about the former Buckeye:
“Holmes played outside for the Buckeyes, but I think his NFL future is in a three-man front, where he’d fit as a five-technique. He has the strength to play man-up if asked, but can also win off the edge of a tackle’s pads when needed. In sub packages, his quickness will help bring interior pressure, as well. I expect him to be a starter in the near future.”
In his four years at Ohio State, Holmes recorded 85 total tackles, 15 of which were tackles for loss, and 5 sacks. In addition, Holmes forced 3 fumbles and recovered 2 fumbles.
The NFL draft will begin on April 26 and will last until April 28.