News & Notes From Auburn's 2017 NFL Football Pro Day Event

For Auburn football players like Josh Holsey, Friday was an important day as they showed NFL scouts their physical abilities.

Auburn, Ala.--A year ago at this time Josh Holsey wasn’t sure if he would be physically able to play a lot of football for his final season with the Auburn Tigers.

On Friday at AU’s annual pro day the defensive back followed up a strong senior season with a good performance for the NFL scouts. After the event the versatile Holsey, who can play cornerback, nickel and safety, noted he was pleased with his workout.

“Teams like that you can play more than one position,” he said. “I feel like being able to play everything on the back end is going to help me in the long run. I feel like I have great film at every position I have played.”

Holsey overcame his second ACL surgery to bounce back and start for the Tigers in 2016. “Just to get to this point is big for me to be healthy enough to do this type of stuff, and show my abilities, and my capabilities, is awesome to me,” he said. “I feel like I came out and did a great job. I?hope impressed somebody.”

The defensive back measured in at 5-9 3/4 and 190 pounds. He ran 40-yard dash times that were clocked in the 4.4s and did 35 inches on the vertical jump, both signs that he has made a major comeback physically. He also leaped nine feet, 10 inches on the standing long jump and did 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

“A lot of people like me,”?he said. “They like how I?move, how I did my drills, they like my footwork...They like that I am not scared, that I am a physical player. I have a lot of teams interested in me.”

Holsey was disappointed that he did not receive an invitation to the NFL?Combine. “I felt like I should have been invited, but his was my chance to show everybody in the building what I could do,” he pointed out.

Holsey’s head coach, Gus Malzahn, said, “I think our players did a great job. I?know they did great in the weight room Coach (Ryan) Russell has done a super job preparing those guys and then out here with the drills it looked like they were flying around doing a super job. I am real proud of them.

“This was our first group that I?had as a head coach that we recruited,”?Malzahn added. “They are just outstanding you men and very talented you men. This is a proud day for me.”

Malzahn predicted that multiple Tigers will be moving on to the NFL for the 2017 season. “We have a lot of NFL players in this group, too, that is going to be very successful,” he said.

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