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Vikings Select Ohio State DE Jalyn Holmes in Round 4


EAGAN, Minn. —The Vikings began the third and final day of the 2018 NFL Draft by drafting Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes.

Holmes was a team captain in his true senior season of 2017 and made nine starts, garnering an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media.

The 6-foot-5 defensive end totaled 51 games during his Buckeyes career.

Holmes helped Lake Taylor High School win its first Virginia 4A state championship in 2012 by racking up 79 tackles, 40 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

The pick was announced in St. Paul by the U.S. Olympic Curling Team.

Below is his Combine Profile:


If he improves his hand usage and adds lower body strength, he has the potential to become an effective 3-4 end with the ability to push the pocket as an interior rusher in sub packages. Holmes lacks the explosiveness to be a starter who will fill up the stat sheet, but he has intriguing size/strength potential that could make him a better pro than college player.


Long-limbed with frame to pack on more functional muscle

Looks awkward in movements, but is sneaky strong

Can shudder a blocker's pads with strong pop from his hands

Conversion of speed to power as a bull rusher is impressive when he gets momentum rolling downhill

Played inside a scheme that asked defensive linemen to give themselves up with slants which limited production

Has length and natural power to become a more dominant player at point of attack

Long levers suit him as an interior pass rusher

Has a spin move that could become a weapon


Doesn't play with much suddenness or quick-twitch

Tight hips cause sluggish lateral movement

Has trouble sinking and scrapping against down blocks due to high center of gravity

Won't "out-athlete" opponents

Stagnant in stop-start situations

Lack of speed and quickness limit range as a tackler

Offers very little pass rush talent as a 4-3 defensive end

Long strider with limited upfield burst to challenge the edge

Takes too long to loop and attack the pocket on twists

Needs to improve hand usage

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