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Giants #4 pick: Darnay Holmes, CB
13 months ago  ::  Apr 25, 2020 - 12:36PM #1
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Darnay Holmes


5'10"195 lbsUCLA






Pre-Draft Analysis

Holmes is undersized with short arms and good timed speed. He closes well breaking on passes in front of him, and he flashes good stopping power after the catch. He shows awareness in zone. Holmes is undersized for an outside corner, and he lacks ideal change-of-direction for a nickel. He doesn't play as fast as timed top-end speed and he gets beat over the top. -- Steve Muench
13 months ago  ::  Apr 25, 2020 - 12:47PM #2
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By Lance Zierlein

NFL Analyst

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4


Short, strong cornerback with good aggression but troubling tape in terms of staying connected to routes. Tight hips and a lack of coverage instincts are a challenging combination for a cornerback who can be over-responsive to route movements. He plays with good toughness and decent ball skills, but he lacks functional length and struggles to flip hips and reach top gear quickly, which could make him a sitting duck against vertical challenges.

  • Self-starter and high achiever off the field
  • Eight career interceptions, with two for touchdowns
  • Well-built and strong
  • Smoothness in backpedal from off coverage
  • Hustles to challenge throw-side positioning on slants
  • Aggressive challenging short routes and at catch-points
  • Turns to locate football when guarding downfield
  • Passes off route combinations from zone
  • Consistent effort and finish as a tackler
  • Offers kick return value, with a 93-yard touchdown on his resume

  • Lack of functional length
  • Below-average instincts from off coverage
  • Tight hips lead to clunky transitions in space
  • Missing twitch and burst for a shorter corner
  • Slow to gather and drive at the top of his drops
  • Route anticipation and response quickness miss the mark
  • Slow to find his top speed in press recovery downfield
  • Clever route-runners can spin him around

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