The Denver Broncos have found value in undrafted free agents over the last six years, in 2018 they very well may have found another gem in Jeff Holland…
Following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos snagged many valuable players. The staff at Predominantly Orange have been high on pass rusher Jeff Holland, in particular.
We, however, aren’t the only ones impressed by Holland. Following the conclusion of Wednesday’s minicamp practice, Broncos DC Joe Woods said of the rookie out of Auburn: “He’s blowing people away.”
Woods’ response came when he was asked whether or not Holland could be the next Shaq Barrett.
Barrett himself was an undrafted free agent that Denver picked up in 2014 who went on to become a regular on-field contributor.
It appears as if the Denver Broncos are suddenly in a great spot regarding their stable pass rushers despite not having Shane Ray (wrist injury).
Ware was at practice today already working with Holland, Barrett, Chubb, and Von Miller.
Holland played his college ball at the University of Auburn. In his three seasons at Auburn, he accumulated 12.5 sacks, 9.5 of which came last season.
Holland’s Fit With The Broncos
His performance in OTAs and throughout the early portion of mini-camp suggest he’ll see some playing time come August. The Denver Broncos have the ability to utilize Holland as a hybrid DE/OLB.
The Broncos have a need for depth at defensive end at the moment. With the status of Adam Gotsis and his legal proceedings being unclear, Holland can compete to start at DE.
Obviously, the Broncos defensive interior on paper has the looks to scare opposing offenses, but we’ll analyze that further come fall.
Holland’s 6’2″245-pound frame makes him a reliable option to be a force in stopping the run, and getting to the quarterback opposite of Derek Wolfe at the other end position.
Domata Peko anchoring the interior and Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Shaq Barrett at the rush OLB positions would make Holland’s job much easier.
What are your thoughts on Jeff Holland, Broncos Country?