The Dallas Cowboys made a solid move with their sixth round and 185th pick overall. Dallas selected DeVonte Holloman, an outside linebacker out of South Carolina. He should make the team and it will be interesting to see if he can play his way onto the field soon.
DeVonte Holloman, OLB
Pros. Holloman is a strong, versatile player. He can play linebacker and cover tight ends and slot receivers as well. He’s got big strong arms and is a sure tackler. He can rush the passer off the edge and he has good enough ball skills to grab some interceptions. Holloman plays with a lot of energy and has a knack for finding the ball.
Cons. Unfortunately Holloman doesn’t jump off the page in any categories such as speed, strength and agility. He’s got average speed and athleticism. He doesn’t shed blockers well and at times can be a little too aggressive. He doesn’t have much recover ability so he probably wont be tracking down ball carriers once they get behind him. He’s strong but hasn’t shown that he can push receivers off their routes when in press coverage.
Grade B+ Holloman was projected to go in the 4th-5th round and possibly as high as round 3. Dallas definitely finds some value drafting him in the sixth round. Holloman has a shot to get on the field because of a unique “in between” set of skills. Holloman can play linebacker and can get on the field in nickel and dime situations. He could be the Jay Ratliff of this draft.