04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round3/91 - Lamar Holmes, OT, 6-6, 334, Southern Mississippi...He played right and left tackle in junior college. In 2010, he played in all 13 games at Southern Miss, making six starts at left tackle. He was a team captain. He's expected to compete for one of the starting spots. COULD SURPRISE: Tackle Lamar Holmes: He was projected by most to be a late-round pick, but the Falcons liked him in the third round. He's a big, strong and nasty blocker who will get a shot to solidify the left tackle position. - The Sports Xchange
04/30/2012 - The Falcons consider Peter Konz a plug-in and play talent. They just plan to plug him in at right guard for now. Said general manager Thomas Dimitroff, "We talked about coming in here and getting some wide loads. Quite honestly, Lamar is a double-wide load. He's a big man who has a presence as far as his stature." The Falcons heavily scouted the tackle position and took Lamar Holmes over some players from bigger schools. "He has long arms, he's a 35-inch plus arm guy," Dimitroff said. "He has the versatility to be both a left and right (tackle) which was important for us as well as his toughness. He's an ornery guy." Holmes visited five NFL teams and he is the third player from Gaston County to be chosen in the NFL draft and first from Gastonia Hunter Huss High. Holmes, a 2008 Huss graduate who played at Itawamba, Miss., Community College and Southern Mississippi, worked out for the Falcons and also visited the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. Holmes join Gastonia's Sean Boyd and Belmont's Koren Robinson as NFL draft picks from Gaston County. Boyd, a 1991 Ashbrook High graduate, was a fifth-round selection of the Minnesota Vikings in 1996 out of North Carolina and Robinson (South Point 1998) was a first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2001 out of North Carolina State. - The Sports Xchange
04/27/2012 - OT Lamar Holmes, Southern Miss -- A smooth natural athlete in a 323-pound frame, Holmes isn't explosive but has long arms and can slide to mirror in protection.
12/16/2011 - 2011 CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL-Lamar Holmes, Sr., Southern Miss, has been selected All-Conference USA First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches. Holmes helped lead the Golden Eagles to over 6,000 total yards for the first time in school history, was the lone first-team offensive representative for the team. - Southern Miss football