Jalyn Holmes NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Minnesota Vikings' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes plays against Bowling Green during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Jay LaPrete/Associated Press


—Excellent size and strength at 6'5", 283 pounds to play head-up on blockers or in gaps.

—Uses his hands very well to set up and disengage from blockers.

—Can drop his pads and bull rush with very good power and speed to stun a blocker.

—Versatile enough to line up all over the defensive line and has experience in multiple roles.

—Wasn't used in his best role at Ohio State and could be a player whose best football is ahead of him.



—Lost in the rotation at Ohio State and often played as the third or fourth pass-rusher. Was never a full-time starter.

—'Tweener who doesn't fit as a true 4-3 end or tackle. Might be a sub-package player only.

—Doesn't do any one thing particularly well and will struggle to win with speed in the pros.

—Goes to his spin move too often.

—More of a one speed player who has to beat blockers with effort moves instead of athleticism.



Jalyn Holmes might be seen as a potential project to move inside once in an NFL defense, but he's listed as an edge defender now since that was his primary role at Ohio State. His size, quickness and hand use make him a sleeper starter as a rookie.


GRADE: 5.99 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Kevin Dodd, Tennessee Titans