Minnesota Vikings: 5 possible late-round defensive targets

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Tyrone Holmes – DE – Montana

The 6-2, 253-pound Holmes led the FCS in sacks last year with 18. At Montana pro day he ran a 4.6 40, posted a 37 1/2 inch vertical, a 9-5 broad jump and 28 bench reps. He posted a 4.28 short shuttle and a 7.1 in the three-cone drill.

Minnesota Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson was on hand for Holmes’ pro day work out and afterward said the player reminds him of current Vikings DE Everson Griffen.

Holmes’ pro day performance shows he possesses impressive athleticism and the 18 sacks he put up last year show he has some pass rush ability. But how much refining will Holmes need in order to take the next step?

Scouts say Holmes is a little bit uncreative in his pass rush moves and doesn’t play with enough power. He gets off the line quickly and turns the corner well to pursue the QB, at least against FCS-level competition.

Last year the Vikings took a supposedly raw defensive end prospect in Danielle Hunter who exceeded expectations and became a big contributor. Holmes is legitimately raw and would be unlikely to see the field in year one for Minnesota, but there’s a good chance the Vikes will pick him up as a project.