BIO: Two-year starter who posted 24/244 last year after 29/320/2 as a junior in '02. Missed the 2003 campaign with a back injury.
POSITIVES: Efficient, hard-working tight end who does the little things well. Stays square blocking, displays strength in his upper body and handles opposing lineman. Solid position blocker who walls defenders from the action. Runs solid routes, stays low exiting breaks and positions himself to make the reception. Extends vertically and grabs the ball from the air. Comes back to the quarterback, making himself an available target and displays excellent concentration.
NEGATIVES: Not a knee bender or leverage blocker. Not explosive in any aspect and slow releasing off the line. Does not always win out in battles as one would expect.
ANALYSIS: A solid prospect with a well-rounded game, Holmes has marginal size/speed numbers for the next level and is best suited as a second tight end for an NFL team.