RB Elijah Holyfield, Georgia*

5’10” – 217 lbs. – 4.78
Father is legendary former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield. Played sparingly over his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, carrying the ball only six times as a freshman and then going 50-293-2 the following year. Split time with D’Andre Swift this past season, posting 159-1,018-7 in a pure rushing role before declaring for the draft. Compact runner whose usage with the Bulldogs was a combination of off-tackle runs and sweeps out of shotgun formations mixed with more traditional between-the-tackle designs when the quarterback was under center, although even the latter attempts were often bounced outside. Put together some impressive carries on cutbacks and horizontal runs. Not one of the fastest or most explosive runners in the class, but has enough juice to recognize cutback lanes, outrace defenders to the edge, and and pick up handfuls of yards. Running between the tackles, does a good job of making cuts in the backfield and following blockers to churn out yardage. Has good leg drive at the end of runs; able to push the pile once he gets going, and flashes the ability to lower the shoulder and clobber defensive backs. Works a stiff-arm into his game once he gets to the second level which looks effective when used against opposing defensive backs. Looks like an effective goal-line runner who can lower his shoulder and fight his way in after contact. Gets stood up in the backfield or tackled for short gains slightly more often than other top running-back prospects, likely because of his tendency to slide and find holes or opportunities to bounce runs to the outside instead of barreling ahead at full speed. Has demonstrated little to no value as a receiver, tending to come off the field on passing downs and catching just seven career passes for 63 yards. Blocking is consequently a question mark as well, with an inadequate sample size to evaluate his capacities; appeared to be a little bit slow to process during the games reviewed, but is willing to sick his nose in and engages from his feet. Put together some impressive-looking east-west runs at the SEC level this past year, but draft stock may depend to some extent on how well teams think he’ll be able to do that at the next level, and whether or not they project him to have passing-down value; otherwise, might rotate in as a purely between-the-tackles option and end up being more of a third-day pick.

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