The Minnesota Vikings were one of 18 NFL teams represented in Missoula, Mont. at the University of Montana’s Pro Day, on March 21. They sent their defensive line coach Andre Patterson there to check out defensive end Tyrone Holmes.
Montana’s ABC/FOX affiliate even snapped a photo, on Twitter, of the two working together.
At 6-4, 250 pounds Holmes is an ideal size to play the defensive end position at the next level, and since he went to an FCS school he is a player that could be flying under the radar a little bit.
He ended the season leading all FCS defenders in sacks with 18 – 14 coming in the regular season – while also recording 87 tackles, nine quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles. His on-field performance led to him being named the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year.
At his pro day, Holmes recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.60 seconds in each of his attempts, a 37½-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-5 broad jump. He also recorded a time of 4.28 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle drill and 7.1 seconds in the three-cone drill. The senior defender also recorded 28 reps of the 225-pound bench press.
It was reported that Holmes worked out really well at his pro day and Patterson even said that Holmes reminded him of Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, according to NFL.com. That is a big compliment for any defensive end preparing to enter into the NFL, as Griffen has recorded 40 career sacks – 22½ in his only two seasons as a full-time starter.
Even though Holmes put up great numbers in college, he is currently viewed as a project. He has good speed and is able to get around offensive tackles well, but often plays too high and that will lead to him getting stood up at the line of scrimmage at the professional level.
He currently lacks creativity in his pass rush, but he has shown the athleticism necessary to add different aspects to his game. The Vikings could be a great place for him to land as they have proven in the past that they can take raw talent and turn them into productive players in a short amount of time – just look at defensive end Danielle Hunter last season.
Holmes is currently projected as a player who will either be drafted in the seventh round, or go as an undrafted free agent. If that is the case, though, you can be sure he will be one of the first players that multiple teams will reach out to.