Breaking Down Ohio State's Jalyn Holmes' Highlight Tape
Jalyn Holmes is a 4-star defensive end who signed with Oho State this past February. From Virginia, Holmes has the skills to develop into one of the best pass-rushers in the Big Ten.
At 6'5" and 225 pounds, he has a long frame and excellent growth potential. Holmes has deceptive power at the point of attack, plus he routinely displays great speed. The Buckeyes are getting an outstanding prospect with a high ceiling.
Holmes exhibits his potential all throughout his impressive highlight tape.
Play No. 1
Holmes' opening play on his highlight tape showcases his instincts, range and short-area quickness. At the snap, he immediately recognizes the play is a run designed to attack the edge.
Holmes immediately shoots to cut the runner off, and you get a feel for his ability to chase ball-carriers to finish plays here. Athletic defensive ends with range versus the run are not easy to find, but this play shows Holmes is one of them.
Play No. 2
Fumble recoveries are usually a result of luck and being in the right place at the right time. That's the case on this play with Holmes, but he also displays good ball-location skills and awareness.
Watch how he attacks upfield at the snap, but somehow keeps his eyes on the ball through traffic. He locates the ball after the fumble, then exhibits athleticism and coordination to scoop it up.
The rest of the great play made by Holmes is based on solid speed and hustle.
Play No. 3
Not much can be seen on this play, as the camera loses Holmes before the snap. However, he does aid his defense in stopping the run. The future Buckeye makes a physical wrap tackle on the ball-carrier, and this play is evidence Holmes has some physicality in his game.
Play No. 4
Here's a play that shows how important it is for a defensive lineman to be able to quickly redirect when pursuing the ball. Look at how Holmes eludes a blocker initially at the snap to fire upfield.
However, also note the subtle way he settles to redirect and laterally scrape down the line when he locates the ball-carrier. That small, unnoticed display of athleticism is what led Holmes to making the tackle.
Play No. 5
On this play, Holmes' lack of anchor strength can be seen. He gets moved off his mark by the offensive lineman at the point of attack. However, he keeps his eyes on the ball in the backfield and does show off an ability to shed with toughness and quickness.
His solid short-area surge helps him reach the ball-carrier to make the stop.
Play No. 6
On this play, Holmes gets a good jump at the snap. He could have better leverage when crossing the line of scrimmage, but watch how he simply knifes his way through the line.
A knack many great defensive linemen have is the ability to get skinny to slip through creases, and Holmes displays a bit of that during this play.
Play No. 7
Again, the camera loses Homes a bit. However, he does show off some toughness and willingness to help stop the run. Although he is only 225 pounds, Holmes appears to be a potential "Viper" at OSU who will not only be known for his ability to rush the passer.
He told the following to Kevin Noon of BuckeyeGrove.com (subscription required) about the position he'll play for Ohio State in June 2013:
"It is like defensive end and outside linebacker type of stuff, I will (play) standing up or in a 3-point-stance and dropping back into coverage."
Play No. 8
Holmes doesn't show off a great first step on this play, and his hands are not active. There are other things that aren't impressive about the first part of this play, but the 4-star recruit finishes in a flurry.
He does a good job of using his speed and ability to adequately bend around the edge to work over the outside shoulder of the offensive lineman. Holmes fights through the block, then uses his ability to close on the ball and great hustle to force a fumble.
Play No. 9
This looks more like a coverage sack, and the quarterback hesitating buys Holmes a bit more time. Although he is too high, he appears to utilize a bull-rush move at the snap. Holmes walks the offensive lineman back before shedding and reaching the quarterback.
This will not be a move he routinely uses in Columbus, as he is going to be more of a speed-to-power pass-rusher when he wants to wrestle with blockers at the point of attack.
In summary, Holmes has the potential to be a solid hybrid defensive/stand-up edge-defender at Ohio State. He'll need to be coached up on buzzing into coverage and defending the pass, but his length and quickness are great tools to work with.
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