Round 4, #110 Overall: CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
Darnay Holmes was an excellent 4th round draft pick for the NY Giants. Holmes showed a ton of promise as the team’s future nickelback and slot corner for the foreseeable future. The UCLA product showed good man skills, he did well in zone, and he also displayed potential as a blitzer from the slot off the edge.
Darnay played 12 games, missing time with a knee injury, and he started five games in his first season. He lived up to his rookie expectations and proved he could compete in this league and his athleticism and intelligence allow him to do a good job in coverage.
Holmes had one interception in the team’s upset in Seattle, five pass deflections, he had a fumble recovery on Monday Night Football vs the Bucs, he had 0.5 a sack despite coming close multiple times all year, and had 30 total tackles. #30 flashed big time in his rookie year and the team will need him to lock down the slot and chase receivers inside for years to come.
Rookie Year Grade: B+
Role in 2021 and Beyond:
Holmes should have the starting role again in the slot in 2021. He fully proved he is capable of starting in a pinch and he is an exciting, effective young player.
His game is similar to Aaron Ross’ who was a terrific slot corner for the Giants for several years. With any luck, Holmes can follow similar blueprints and help bring home some trophies to New York.