Poor combine may keep Holyfield from being drafted

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
March 05, 2019 - 12:51 pm

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Just how bad was former Georgia Bulldogs running back Elijah Holyfield's combine? It could cost him a lot.

Before the combine, Rick Kamla and DraftAnalyst.com guru Tony Pauline disagreed about Holyfield's value. Pauline had a sixth-round grade on the Dawgs' back, Kamla thought he was a second-rounder and would become a combine hero.

At the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Holyfield ran a 4.78-second 40-yard dash, posted a 29.5-inch vertical jump and 118 inches on his broad jump.

"Well, it's going to be at the very least a sixth round; he could drop out," said Pauline. "It wasn't just the 4.78. I mean it was the 29 1/2 inch vertical jump, it was the 9-foot-10 broad jump."

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Pauline brought out some comps from Indy:

"Renell Wren, the defensive tackle from Arizona State, jumped 32 inches and he's 318 pounds. Holyfield was 217, almost 100 pounds lighter and he was almost three inches shorter on the vertical jump. So, there's really no explosion at all. He did a good job on the bench press... big deal.

Then Pauline talked about Holyfield's limited range at the NFL level.

"He's basically, as far as I'm concerned, a one-dimensional, scheme-limited ball-carrier where you're going to have to run him downhill between the tackles, and even at that he's slow," said the NFL draft analyst. "Maybe he's a short-yardage runner if he gets drafted it's going to be very late and that's why I had him as a sixth-rounder.

You can hear this conversation starting at the 1:23 mark and going to a 2:29 stopping point.

Other topics covered:

  • Tony agreed with John on Quinen Williams being the number one pick in this year’s draft and said he has a terrific upside. 
  • Tony broke down the Dexter Lawrence injuries and how it will affect the way he is judged by teams and where he may or may not be drafted.
  • Tony told us the Kyler Murray talk was non-stop at the combine, and he was amazed what half-an-inch means to the NFL.
  • Tony told John he never had Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker as a first-round grade because he can’t make plays with his back to the ball.

Click below to hear this plus more with Tony Pauline.