By: Steve Johnson
Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
5’10 3/8″ 215lbs
30 3/8″ arms 9″ hands
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 3 games. 6 att, 29 yards
2017: 10 games. 50 att, 293 yards, 2 TDs
2018: 14 games. 159 att, 1018 yards, 7 TDs
Misc. Stats: 7 rec, 63 yards in career; 4 KR for 64 yards in career
History: Four-star recruit from Atlanta. Son of Boxing great Evander Holyfield.
Strengths: Great size, muscular frame.
Tough punishing runner who fights for extra yards. Understand the leverage game, gets really low prior to absorbing contact. Rarely goes down on the first tackle attempt. Excellent vision, takes holes that are giving to him. Sets up his blockers very well. Great jump cut ability. Quick and light on his feet (despite size). Very reliable in pass pro. Sets his feet and challenges pass rushers straight up, more often than not stoning them.
Weaknesses: Was rarely used in the pass game (7 career receptions). Top end speed is lacking. While he has excellent jump cut ability to take it to the edge, he’s not a home run threat.
Overview: Holyfield is a short striding back that looks to hit rather than get hit. Not solely a power back, he combines light feet and great vision to eat up yards quickly. While Holyfield, can certainly handle a workload, he would best fit in a RBBC system where he can be spelled with a home run threat/receiving back.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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