2015 NFL Draft Profile: FS Gerod Holliman, Louisville


After last year’s first round pick Calvin Pryor left Louisville, Gerod Holliman displayed his talents. After starting only one year in the safety position, the junior had eyes for the ball. In 17 passes that went towards his way, he grabbed 14 of them which tied an NCAA record.

Standing at 6’0” and weighing in at 218 lbs, Holliman moves from sideline to sideline with ease and no problem at all. Scouts say he has a keen sense for the ball in the air and can sniff out any quarterback that looks his way. If you want to make it in the big leagues, you need range and Holliman possess that.

Despite his ability and football instinct to bring the ball down, it’s his character that places him in the third round. When words like “lazy” are surrounding a player, a NFL team tries to stay away from them, but you can’t doubt his vision for the ball and his 14 interceptions will play a big role in the where he ends up at in the 2015 NFL Draft.

GMENHQ Big Board Ranking: 36th Overall Prospect

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  • Vision: His 14 interceptions is what stands out Holliman from the rest because of his keen sense of grabbing the ball. He also has a good jump which always put him in a position to make a play.
  • Awareness: Holliman’s hand-eye coordination is top-notch and has the ability to change direction easily with his loose hips.


  • Tackling: Holliman’s main concern is his tackling. While grabbing interceptions is no problem, his inability to make the tackle is. He had a total of 44 tackles, but missed 20 tackles and shows no urgency in stopping the run. Holliman just throws the shoulder to bring the ball-carrier down instead of wrapping his arms, a trait that won’t work in this level.
  • Competitiveness: Holliman’s lack of aggression is what brings his draft numbers down. It’s a rarity when he plays full speed and shows lack of urgency when it comes to blitzing. Everyone knows that to make it in the NFL, you need the desire and passion. Holliman puts up a big question mark in that section.

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