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DeVonte Holloman, OLB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 243 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
137164-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.712.691.6315 339'5"4.267.30
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Athletic-looking frame with a sturdy, thick base and long arms. Exhibits strong play-recognition and anticipation against the pass. Diagnoses the run early, and takes good angles to the football. Anticipates and approaches the gap with good timing on runs between the tackles.

Possesses ample lower body strength that helps to compensate for lack of flexibility when asked to hold ground/stack at the second level. Exhibits good backfield vision through traffic. Displays good instincts and timing when asked to make a play on the ball in the air. High-motor, aggressive player who doesn't shy away from making big-time contact.

Negatives: Lack of flexibility and first-step explosion from a stop hampers his ability to recover when he has over-shot his gap, or on cutback run plays that require him to redirect. Lacks fluidity to turn and run with tight ends or receivers down the field, without losing a step.

Only marginal top-end speed for the position. Doesn't get his arms extended enough when taking on blocks, and is too easily driven out of the play as a result. Pretty stiff laterally.

Compares to: Mike Morgan, OLB, Seattle Seahawks - While Morgan and Holloman are very different athletes, they have a few common limitations that have kept them from becoming high-impact linebackers throughout their careers. A lack of flexibility and agility has been a huge impedement to Morgan's growth despite possessing elite speed, wheras with Holloman, it's his "plus" instincts that have been neutralized by the same limitations.

He seems to know what's going on, but struggles to consistently get there and make the play. His initial value will probably be best captured as a special teams contributor, but perhaps a move to the inside could help to mask some of his limitations in space, and give him a chance to contribute as a rotational piece down the road.

--Derek Stephens

Player Overview

Holloman signed with the Gamecocks as a highly regarded prep prospect and quickly forced his way into the starting lineup despite the fact that South Carolina featured a veteran-laded defense in 2009.

Much more athletic than his size would suggest, Holloman played in every game and started two at strong safety, recording 30 tackles and an interception. He started 10 of 14 games at strong safety as a true sophomore, ranking third on the team with 69 tackles and also chipping in two interceptions and forcing a fumble.

As Holloman continued to get bigger and stronger (and yet maintained his speed), South Carolina experimented with moving him closer to the line of scrimmage. He was slated to begin the season at the "spur" position but saw his time there shortened after being arrested and charged with a DUI.

South Carolina does not allow its athletes to practice with the team when suspended, so his practice at the new position was shortened. Holloman, nonetheless, started the first two games upon his return at the spur but was eventually moved back to strong safety to finish the year. He missed the first two games of the season due to suspension but finished with 51 tackles, including four for loss and intercepting another pass.

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04/08/2013 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: There were 32 NFL teams represented at South Carolina Pro Day on March 27. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was among the coaches who attended. A total of 18 players worked out on field-turf outdoors in 50 degree weather with 5 mph wind. Devonte Holloman OLB (6-1, 240 pounds) - He ran the 40-yard dash once and completed it in 4.76 seconds. He recorded a 34-inch vertical jump and kept the rest of his numbers from the combine. He had a good workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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