Player Name: Justin Hollins
H/W: 6’5 248
School / Class: Oregon / RS Senior
Measureables: 4.50 40, 36.5” vertical jump, 9’11” broad jump, 7.06 3 cone drill, 25 bench press reps, 4.40 20 yard shuttle,
Drafted to: Denver Broncos
- Athleticism - As the Combine numbers can attest to, he’s very athletic. The 4.50 40 was second only to Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat who ran a record setting 4.41. On tape, he has a sudden burst off the edge that’s set up by power moves against unsuspecting tackles. Regularly dominates chip blocks by tight ends and running backs. A quick twitch athlete.
- Coverage - He’s not just a specialized pass rusher. He has shown in both the tape and at the Shrine Game that he can play stand up linebacker and make coverage diagnoses and plays off the ball. He wasn’t asked to do it much at Oregon so it’s a developing skill but a good one regardless.
- Experience - Three year starter that saw multiple schemes with various defensive coordinators. Has seen just about every type of offense that Pac-12 coaches can muster. Has played in 45 games in his Ducks career.
- Production - Has increased his production every year. Only player in FBS to have 50+ tackles, 10+ tackles for loss, one interception, and five forced fumbles. He really blossomed under former defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt in this regard.
- Arsenal - He doesn’t have much of a pass rush arsenal to go to once his speed moves are beaten. Needs to develop more counters against more savvy tackles at the next level.
- Run defense - Can get lost in the wash frequently due to a lack of tools countering the blockers. Doesn’t have the play strength to fight off blockers yet. Fundamentally poor run defender that gets tricked on read options.
- Size - What is he? Even in the new age of smaller EDGE defenders, he has yet to find a consistent home at either end or outside linebacker.
- Bend - He has the upright athleticism, yes but a lack of bend is present on his tape. He would fail at the bend around the timeless hula hoop drill quite comfortably. Most of the elite pass rushers have a bendy game they can use. He just doesn’t for one reason or another.
How he fits the Denver Broncos
- Hollins can be the third edge rusher behind the all world future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller and first round pick Bradley Chubb in certain packages. There is real talk that the Broncos will try him at inside linebacker, a position in which he has never played before. I can see Head Coach / reigning Defensive Coach of the Year Vic Fangio trying to utilize Hollins’ athleticism in that role, which is an upgrade over their current ILBs. He will play some special teams as well more than likely. A freak athlete needing some development couldn’t have found a better position to be in than the one Hollins currently is in. He won’t be rushed onto the field due to the depth ahead of him. I think he can compete to be the full time backup to Miller in 2020.
PFF with some love for Hollins
Justin Hollins led qualified Pac-12 Edge defenders with his 16.8 percent pass-rush win percentage this season. He totaled 41 QB pressures on only 327 pass-rush snaps. pic.twitter.com/3acKa3LIX4— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 24, 2019
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