Measurements (NFLPA Collegiate Bowl)
- HT: 5’11
- WT: 180
- HAND: 928
- ARM: 3148
- WING: 7568
- Class: Senior
- Birthplace: New Orleans, La.
- All-SWAC Team (2019)
C.J. Holmes Scouting Report
C.J. Holmes is a rising star, filled with swag and competitiveness. The stats don’t jump at you, but Holmes is an efficient corner that has adapted into exclusively a slot corner. This past season, Holmes played the most snaps at slot corner out of any player in the country (FBS and FCS). In today’s NFL, slot corners are extremely valuable and can be big time players. DBs who can play in the slot have the ability to cover inside and out like no other player on the field, and this is something C.J. Holmes certainly can do.
Pros/Strengths: Holmes makes big plays when it matters most. In big 3rd down situations and late in the game, Holmes is a threat and someone who QBs should not throw at. Recently at a NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practice, Holmes snagged a pick in a two minute drill to end the day. His energy and charisma is something coaches will love about him. Holmes plays the ball great in the air and sets his feet well when coming down to make a tackle.
Cons/Weaknesses: The level of competition Holmes faced the past four years is certainly something you have to look at. A big question surrounding him is whether or not he can step up and compete at the next level. The Jackson State CB made a step in the right direction to answer that question, after stepping up at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Holmes locked up receivers all week and secured interviews with half of the league. He has everything it takes after learning from one of the greats in Deion Sanders.
Expect Holmes to showcase a 4.4 40 yard dash and continue to increase his draft stock. Holmes is a Day 3 prospect and will add reliable dept in the secondary for any NFL team that chooses him. With his speed, he should be able to keep up with slot receivers consistently in the league.
Player Comparison: Mike Hilton, CB Cincinnati Bengals