Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
49ers select...Daven Holly
CB | (5'10", 192, 4.41) | CINCINNATI
Strengths: A developmental prospect with upside because of his speed. Also has good quickness and natural athleticism. He has good leaping ability and very good short area burst. He closes quickly when coming forward. He has good hands and ball skills when he's in position to make a play. He also has been productive on special teams and shows potential to contribute in that facet in the NFL.
Weaknesses: Has adequate but not great size. Lacks experience at the DC position and seems to lack football instincts. Does not have good awareness and his technique needs to be improved. He is fast and quick but doesn't translate those qualities to the football field as well as he should. He seems lost at times, has poor recognition skills and gives up too many big plays.
Overall: Holly redshirted as a wide receiver in 2000. He played a reserve role as a WR in 2001. He began the 2002 season at WR but moved to DC early in the year and wound up playing in every game and finishing with 17 tackles and one interception. Holly became a fulltime starter as a junior in 2003, when he was named second-team All-Conference USA and finished with 23 tackles and six PBU. As a senior in 2004, Holly earned second-team honors again as a 12-game starter that finished with 45 tackles, two INT's and eight PBU. Holly has some upside because of his adequate size, very good speed and above average ball skills. A former receiver, Holly didn't have great experience at the DC position in college and still has room to improve in terms of his technique and awareness. However, at this point, Holly is a much better athlete than football player and we get the sense when studying him on film that he may always fail to translate his natural athleticism to the football field. Holly has enough speed and potential to take a late-round chance on him, but we would shy away from drafting him any earlier than the seventh round.
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