NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Pick Jalyn Holmes In Fourth Round

Jalyn Holmes Ohio State Football Buckeyes NFL Draft

Round: 4

Pick: 102

Height: 6′ 5″

Weight: 284

Jalyn Holmes, the former standout defensive end at Ohio State, is now a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

Holmes was picked in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, 102nd overall.

Holmes served as a team captain during his senior season in 2017, and was known as a charismatic interview with the media.

He played as part of a deep rotation at defensive end, seeing action in 51 career games as a Buckeye.

He was named honorable mention all-conference in both 2016 and 2017.

Holmes played most of his career as a defensive end, but after DT Dre’mont Jones suffered a leg injury, Holmes volunteered to move inside to help out the team.

He finished his Buckeye career with 14 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

The Vikings selection of Holmes was worth watching.

Projecting Holmes As A Pro

Inside The Pylon broke down Holmes and hundreds of other prospects from a statistical and film-based perspective. What you see below is just a small portion of Holmes’ player profile. You can get the rest by buying their incredible 431-page Draft Guide.

Overall Rank: No. 127
Position Rank: No. 14 Edge Rusher

Holmes has the frame and hand usage to be effective all along the defensive line, but his high pad level and slow snap reaction make him a liability for now.


One-Year Projection: You can’t teach length and Holmes has an abundance of that. His ability to use his vision against the run and get his hands in the passing lanes are valuable. I see a situational pass rusher that can be lined up as a 5T in a 4-3 system, inside or in a wide-9, while providing valuable reps as a special teams contributor.

Three-Year Projection: Holmes should be a key cog in a good rotational defensive line. Double digit sacks and Pro Bowl nominations are a bit aggressive for year 3. He is still relatively raw and will need to be coached well.

You can get an extended profile of Jalyn Holmes’ NFL projection here.