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5 Things to Know About New Vikings DE Jalyn Holmes

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added to their defensive line depth on Saturday in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, selecting defensive end Jalyn Holmes out of Ohio State University.

Holmes was listed at 6-foot-5 and 283 pounds at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Here are five things to know about the newest Minnesota Viking:

1. Back-to-back honors

Holmes was selected as an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in during his junior and senior seasons for the Buckeyes.

2. Experience in big games

Holmes played in a handful of big games during his time at Ohio State. He played in a pair of Big Ten Championships (2014, 2017) and also appeared in five bowl games in four seasons. He helped the Buckeyes go 4-1 in bowl games, including the 2014 College Football Playoff National Championship. 

3. Career stats

Holmes played in 49 career games for Ohio State, racking up 84 total tackles (40 solo) with 5.0 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. 

4. High School Success

Holmes helped Lake Taylor High School (Norfolk, Virginia) go 15-0 and win its first Virginia 4A state title in 2012.(

5. A dozen Buckeyes

Holmes is the 12th former Ohio State player to be drafted by the Vikings in team history, and the first since Minnesota added center Pat Elflein in 2017. Other Ohio State picks include running back Robert Smith and tackle Korey Stringer.

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