Finding Broncos: Scouting Vanderbilt Offensive Tackle Will Holden

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel continues his pursuit of Finding Broncos, this time scouting Vanderbilt offensive tackle Will Holden.

Will Holden, Offensive Tackle, Vanderbilt Commodores

Combine Measurements

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 311 pounds

Arm: 33-¼ inches

Hands: 10-? inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 5.47 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 23 reps

Vertical Jump: 28 inches

Broad Jump: 111 inches*

3-Cone Drill: 7.71 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.72 seconds






Good body control in blocks. Can shut down rushers if he gets his paws on them. Outstanding technician. Good strength and can anchor down against bull rushes.

Patient on the second level. Good climb to get to the second level. Efficient when moving. Experienced three year starter with starts at both tackle positions.


Limited athlete. Short arms. Heavy feet. Struggles vs. twists and stunts.

Not a mirror in pass protection. Reaches too often.


I like Will Holden as a potential long-term starter in a power scheme. It will take a year to get him there as the coaches work on his pass protection. He can be a day-one starter.

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Put him on the line and let him attack straight on. Let him rely on the technique and power as you develop him, but you have to be ready to deal with his issues on the field and be patient with him.

Fit With The Broncos

I really like Holden, especially his fit with the Broncos. They need some true power at tackle, and Holden brings that with great technique.

They could plug him at tackle, but they'd have to be okay with dealing with his growing pains. For the Broncos, he may be better as the left tackle, where he doesn’t have to deal with the likes of Khalil Mack, Justin Houston and Joey Bosa.

Draft Grade: Round 3

Where He Goes: Round 3

Insider's Take: Per sources, in a bad tackle class, Holden stands out with his technique. Coaches rave about it, but then express concerns about his arm length. This leads them to thinking he would be better on the inside. 

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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