His fundamentals allow him to engage pass rushers at the line and keep them in his sights, though an often ineffective Vandy offense led to a frustratingly high sacks-to-big-play ratio the past two seasons.
But that’s not the kind of high-profile assignment that makes a left tackle so valuable.
Holden’s pass block numbers aren’t great — he allowed 11 pressures and seven sacks last fall. He’s not an elite athlete for the position, which means faster defensive ends and linebackers can turn the corner on him with a speed rush and collapse the pocket from the outside. While he’s a disciplined tackle who rarely commits penalties, it’s clear he’ll need to continue growing to be an NFL left tackle.
And that’s OK! Holden has been on a steady path of improvement throughout college and his career remains on an upward trajectory. The fear is whether he’s maxed out his room for improvement based on his physical limitations. That’s what kept him from being a day one selection, but he’s more than worthy of a mid-round pick as a player who can both contribute right away while working toward a greater role.
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