With the 185th pick of the 2013 NFL draft, the Cowboys chose outside linebacker DeVonte Holloman from South Carolina University. Holloman is a 6’1″, 245 lb. coverage linebacker who was converted from the safety position as his frame continued to grow and take on more weight. He has a lot of the skills you would expect from a player who has a history in the defensive backfield. Holloman has the body type, size and speed that projects to the Sam line backer (strong side) position in the NFL.
His speed is more lateral than straight line so he will be able to cover most tight ends in the league and the short to intermediate portion of the field. In his college career, he totaled seven interceptions. He has good attack speed to get to the offensive back field as well and did post some impressive numbers in terms of tackles for loss. Holloman plays with a quick, aggressive style and relies on his abilities to process his read and react skills to make plays.
Unfortunately, his biggest weakness seems to come in his tackling technique. He does not often wrap up and finish tackles, preferring more to deliver a big blow than finish the play out properly. There are times when he appears to be lunging or off balance when he takes on the opposition. This should be something that can be coached up, however as he is physical and sheds blockers well with his hands and arms.
As a sixth round pick, this is the right spot for him. He does not make enough plays to warrant a 3rd or 4th round grade, but is solid enough to be drafted anywhere in the 5th or 6th round and not be considered a reach. He will probably be solely used in special teams situations as he acclimates to the pro game but could push guys like Kyle Wilber, Alex Albright and Caleb McSurdy for time in the rotation with Sean Lee and Bruce Carter.
Holloman also has some off-the-field issues. He was arrested for D.U.I. in 2011 and suspended by his university for the first two games of his final season.