Gerod Holliman, Free Safety, Louisville
Weight: 218 pounds
Hand Size: 9-1/2 inches
Arm Length: 32 inches
NFL Combine Results:
40-yard Dash: DNP
10-yd Split: DNP
3 Cone Drill: DNP
Shuttle Run: DNP
Vertical Jump: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP
Bench Press (225 lbs): 17 reps
NFL Pro Day Results:
40-yard dash: 4.65 and 4.68 seconds
Vertical jump: 27 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inch
20-yard short shuttle: 4.45 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.08 seconds
2014: 44 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 14 INTs, TD, 3 PDs
2013: 16 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 PDs
2012: Appeared in six games
In one year as the full time starter at free safety for Louisville, Holliman put up ridiculous numbers that showcase his ball skills. He had two interceptions on the widely considered top quarterback prospect of this draft class, Jameis Winston, and was in good position on multiple other throws.
Holliman is good at reading the quarterback and reacting. He has the skill-set to be a true centerfield-type safety in today’s NFL. He has top notch movement skills in open and tight spaces and a solid technique base that can be worked with by NFL coaches.
He's aggressive and plays the ball boldly while it is in the air. He has the size you want in a safety.
One year wonder? Holliman has horrendous tackling technique, which is evidenced by his 20 missed tackles, while actually notching 44 take-downs. He would rather hit than tackle.
Holliman sees to have mediocre understanding of proper angles and questionable effort, especially outside of playing coverage. Play-actions are his kryptonite. He has trouble breaking down run plays and getting into good position.
Most of his interceptions came by being in the right place at the right time, instead of Holliman actually making a great play. He has good size, but plays small and soft, outside of big hits here and there.
He disappears against the run, engaged by a blocker or not and too often relies on reading the quarterback, instead of breaking down the play, which leads to him easily getting looked off by the quarterback. Holliman lacks the discipline on the field to be a contributor on defense right away in the NFL.
Scout.com's resident draft guru Dave-Te Thomas had this to say about Holliman in his chat session with fans.
"WHY WAS HE (Holliman) BENCHED FOR 5 GAMES? WHY DID SOME TEAMS START CANCELLING ON HIS VISITS. KID IS A BALL HAWK & THE MOST OVERRATED DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THIS DRAFT, HANDS DOWN."
Fit with the Broncos
Holliman would bring ball-hawking traits to the defensive backfield, which has been missing for the Broncos for a while. However, with those skills come a lot of concerns and question marks, which make it hard, for me, to give him a draftable grade.
Holliman has one great skill-set, but everything else is mediocre--at best. He would take a lot of coaching to improve and would be a high-risk selection, due to all of the concerns.
That said, I did give Holliman a sixth round grade, but he will go higher than that. NFL teams are looking for safeties with the centerfield skill-set and they are hard to find. Because Holliman possesses that ability, he'll probably get drafted in the middle rounds.
With the Broncos not really having anyone with that sort of skill-set, they could be in play for Holliman, although there are other safeties with higher upside who have the traits of a centerfield safety and can be had in the same middle-round range (and possibly later), who would provide better value.
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