The UCLA Bruins over the years have produced some impressive players over the years, but the past few years the lack of Bruins in the draft has been noticeable. Darnay Holmes will be drafted this year but the only question is what round?
Holmes has an impressive work ethic. During the 2019 season, Holmes missed the first two games of the season but racked up 34 tackles, two interceptions, and had six pass breakups. Holmes has picked eight passes over the course of his career for the Bruins. I like how aggressive that Holmes when challenging the wide receiver. Holmes makes receivers work to get into routes and will make wide receivers work for the football. Holmes has worked on the special teams as well, having returned a kickoff for a 93-yard touchdown.
The main concern for scouts will be that he is not a tall cornerback. Holmes is only 5’10” 195 lbs and that means bigger receivers will have an easier time being physical with him. At times, Holmes can be a bit overaggressive leading to big plays for the opposing offense. I would like to see Holmes get better at identifying the route the receiver is running before the receiver can make the grab.
Holmes has great speed, but his size is a bit of a concern for teams that are looking for a cover corner. Holmes in my projections will go in the late fourth to early fifth round. I like how he is worker and he can contribute on special teams, which will make him valuable to quite a few teams looking for a dangerous returner.