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Lendy Holmes

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 206 | College: Oklahoma
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Holmes came to Oklahoma as a wide receiver and moved to cornerback before settling in at free safety. Has the size and athleticism NFL scouts are looking for in a developmental prospect. While his defensive backfield mate, Nic Harris, often earned more attention, Holmes' development drew interest from scouts and he has the size and versatility to earn a higher grade than Harris in April.


Positives: Good height and has the frame to add additional mass without a significant loss in quickness. … Aggressive defender that comes up quickly in run support. … Versatile defender with experience playing throughout the secondary. … At least adequate straight-line speed. … Long arms. … Physical in his jam at the line of scrimmage and when fighting through blocks. … Reliable open field tackler. … Breaks down well in space and has improved as a hitter. … Experienced blitzer who can close. … Natural hands for the interception. … Considered an ascending player.

Negatives: Bit of a "tweener." … May lack the hip flexibility to turn and run with receivers and lacks the bulk teams prefer at safety. … Has been protected by Oklahoma's aggressive scheme and may struggle in a more traditional NFL defense. … Was suspended for the 2008 Fiesta Bowl due to academics.

2008 Season

All-Big 12 second team by the AP, coaches and Dallas Morning News … led team with five interceptions and second on team with 79 tackles … picked off two passes against Kansas and recovered two fumbles versus TCU … equaled a carer high with eight tackles against Kansas … posted at least five tackles in 11 games … blocked team's lone kick of the season, a field goal against Chattanooga.

2007 Season

Academically ineligible for bowl game. Second on the team with three interceptions … had interceptions against North Texas, Tulsa and another against Texas Tech that he returned 63 yards for a touchdown … tied a career best with eight tackles in each of the last three games (Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Missouri in the Big 12 Championship) … had four or more tackles in 12 games.

2006 Season

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the coaches and Associated Press … helped solidify the secondary when he won a starting corner job … season-high eight tackles at Texas A&M … recovered fumbles against Middle Tennessee and Missouri … also had an interception and three breakups at Missouri.

2005 Season

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by the coaches and Associated Press … helped solidify the secondary when he won a starting corner job … season-high eight tackles at Texas A&M … recovered fumbles against Middle Tennessee and Missouri … also had an interception and three breakups at Missouri.

2004 Season


High School

A three-year letterman … Competed at eight different positions during his career including punter, kicker, quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back … Also returned punts and kickoffs … Posted an 8-1 record as a starting quarterback during his career … Caught 38 passes and scored 10 touchdowns his senior year … Tossed two touchdown strikes as well … intercepted six passes on defense … Played in only two games as a senior due to a broken collarbone … Team posted a 6-5 mark … Participated in the U.S. Army High School All-American Bowl with fellow Sooners Rhett Bomar, Adrian Peterson and Marcus Walker … Caught six passes and scored two touchdowns during the Coca-Cola All-Star Game … Hauled in 38 catches for 505 yards as a junior … Also intercepted four passes on defense … Team went 3-7 in 2002 and 6-5 his sophomore year … Coached by J.B. Wallace … Also a three-year letterman in basketball … Was first-team all-district … Averaged 11 points, six rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 assists during his junior campaign … Selected to the Midland Oilman's Classic all-tournament team as a sophomore and junior … Earned all-tournament honors at the Coca-Cola and Elite Eight tournaments in 2002.


Has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash … Made a successful switch from receiver to cornerback in the spring of 2006 … Born Oct. 28, 1985 … Son of Lendy and Charlotte Holmes.

Latest News
04/27/2009 - The Redskins added to their rookie crop on Monday, agreeing to terms with 13 undrafted free agents on contracts. Defensive back Lendy Holmes, 6-0 and 205 pounds, was a four-year starter for Oklahoma. Along with safety, he also played some cornerback for the Sooners. Holmes logged 205 tackles, nine interceptions and 14 pass break-ups in his college career. - Gary Fitzgerald, Redskins.com

04/22/2009 - When the Bears go looking for a free safety in this draft--and it's not a matter of if--history indicates there is a good chance they will look to the South. General manager Jerry Angelo has relied on Southwest regional scout Chris Ballard to uncover many of the team's defensive backs, including its best, cornerback Charles Tillman. Ballard also did extra work before the selection of Nathan Vasher, the only Angelo-drafted defensive back to be named to a Pro Bowl. Some quick research shows that of the 14 defensive backs drafted by Angelo since 2002 (that counts 2006 second-round pick Devin Hester, who was chosen as a cornerback), eight have come from Ballard's territory. Ballard has expertise in the area. He coached defensive backs at Texas A&M-Kingsville before he was hired. Not coincidentally, that is a school Angelo scouted heavily when he was with Tampa Bay. At one time, the Buccaneers had six players on their roster from the school. Players in his region that could be on the Bears' radar this weekend...Lendy Holmes, Oklahoma: Bettered himself earlier this month at a last-chance pro day in San Antonio by running a 4.50 pro day. He was a huge disappointment at the scouting combine when his time was in the 4.7's. Ballard has had success with guys that timed slow in big events in the past. Vasher is a good example. - Brad Biggs, Chicago Sun-Times

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