The Minnesota Vikings added some defensive line depth in the fourth round, taking defensive end Jalyn Holmes from Ohio State.
Holmes played four years for the Buckeyes, totaling 85 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles. He was a two-time All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.
From his NFL.com draft profile:
With players like Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis, and Sam Hubbard on the Buckeyes, Holmes wasn’t able to earn a start in his first three years on the team. He was still an important part of the line rotation, however, and was voted honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches and media after making 33 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and two sacks in 2016. He also had a pass breakup on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield which led to a 68-yard touchdown for linebacker Jerome Baker.
Holmes got nine starts in 14 games played as a senior, again receiving the honorable mention all-conference nod after accumulating 29 tackles, three for loss, two sacks, and three pass breakups. Holmes played in 11 games in 2014 and every game as a reserve in 2015, as well, posting 11 tackles each season. Ohio State signed him out of Virginia as a four-star and top-100 recruit nationally after he was credited with 21 sacks over his final two seasons and was an all-state tight end as a junior.
Holmes’ addition gives the Vikings another rotational pass-rushing candidate along with reserves Stephen Weatherly and Tashawn Bower. At 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Holmes may also be in the running as a situational 3-technique defensive tackle, where he played some at Ohio State.
Stay tuned for further analysis of the Vikings’ Day 3 picks.
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