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Holyfield’s combine performance did little to prove his doubters wrong, as he unfortunately made headlines for his slow 40-yard dash time of 4.78 seconds. Did we really need to see Elijah Holyfield's 40 to know he's too slow?

“Obviously he’s a good football player. It is not often an NFL running back breaks long runs.

Dude makes Trent Richardson look fast. He's strictly a between-the-tackles RB. Some team might give him a shot, if running back doesn’t work out, maybe special teams. “I have confidence in myself. To do so, you must be a registered user on the DawgNation forum. Go back and watch how rarely he was able to get to the edge and turn the corner. Will those strengths persuade a general manager to overlook the slow 40 time? YES! Lateral quickness and vision are more important for RB to at least have some success in the NFL, if not a “burner” type RB. The 40 times were so slow that some draft projections say Holyfield’s best hope may be to be picked in the sixth or seven rounds or be invited to camp as a free agent.

This could make him the steal of the draft for some lucky team.

Holyfield hopes the traits he inherited from his father, former four-time boxing champion Evander Holyfield — toughness, great balance, off-the-charts work ethic — will overcome the big negative that now overshadows his draft outlook. I think Elijah Holyfield's dad knocked some guys out faster than he ran the 40. Tennessee has 44 players out; Volunteers cancel scrimmage, Mixed opinions on if Jake Fromm survives today’s cuts with NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Auburn has 16 football players out with COVID-related issues, Justin Fields watches UGA football scrimmage. Still worth a late round pick or at the very least will get a chance as UDFA imo. He’ll be in a camp. No one is accusing him of being a burner. No one is accusing him of being a burner. Register now! The 40 time will probably give pause but not enough to keep a team from satisfying its curiousity. UDFA, then see if he can contribute to their obvious goal of finally being able to convert short yardage. People are comparing him to Blount but Blount ran a 4.5. “Elijah brings a lot to a team. He wanted to catch extra balls. “I know he’s going to convert what he’s done well here into the same thing there.”, More AP NFL: and, FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Georgia's Elijah Holyfield takes questions during a news conference for the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Texas, in New Orleans. but… those are reaaaaally bad 40 times. — Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 1, 2019. But the 40 time clearly dominated the Holyfield discussion on Friday, and here’s a sample from Twitter: After their 40-yard dashes today, backs who could be slipping down draft boards include Florida Atlantic's Devin Singletary (4.66), Georgia Elijah Holyfield (4.81) and Iowa State's David Montgomery (4.64) (Times are unofficial. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Elijah Holyfield fails to improve on slow Combine 40 time, Russell Wilson throws fourth-down TD with 15 seconds left to keep Seattle undefeated, Raiders end Chiefs’ winning streak with 40-32 upset, Ravens’ DC yelled at Bengals’ coach for last-minute field goal down 27-0, Tom Brady’s mental mistake dooms Buccaneers, Bruce Arians, Tom Brady say he knew it was fourth down, Dak Prescott has compound fracture dislocation of his right ankle, Report: Le’Veon Bell choosing between Bills, Chiefs and Dolphins. I would be curious to time in the 20 yard dash, he just may be an explosive off the snap runner, that could translate in to success. Georgia’s other top back, super-quick D’Andre Swift , had almost identical statistics, averaging 6.4 yards per carry while running for 1,049 yards.

If it’s reaction time and film study shows he has no trouble getting off with the snap this means nothing. On his first attempt, he clocked a 40 time of 4.78 seconds. He didn’t exactly fly away in the open field, but boy could he hit that hole. “Elijah is going to be a great pro,” Smart said.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. PIT? On the second try, Holyfield was a tad slower at 4.81 seconds. Speed is not his game on tape. Would you like to receive DawgNation news alerts? Definitely quicker than fast. He’ll get drafted, just not in a higher round (lower round? LSU’s Nick Brossette (4.72) was the only other back to run the 40 in more than 4.7 seconds at the combine. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! “I try not to worry about it,” Holyfield said after the pro day workout. He was the last guy off the field every day here. He’s a 4.8 40 guy, and that’s going to make it tough for him to get drafted. gnorules says: Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near you. His slow 40-yard times make that decision look like a risky gamble in this week’s draft. I don’t know if speed has anything to do with agility and quickness. He could still play Special Teams and be a good Short Yardage back, but ya, the 40 time is disappointing, he looked great in College. Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, was a productive player at Georgia last year, carrying 159 times for 1,018 yards. I guess it remains to be seen where Holyfield is with this. Elijah Holyfield left school early to run a 4.8 lol, Dude is almost as fast as Elijah Holyfield, — Alex Shuster (@AlexHasCharisma) March 1, 2019. Week 6 props: Garrett set for big game vs. The above post about the Falcons makes sense. Not a member? Tell that to the guys he was blowing past in the SEC. Jerry Rice was ‘slow’ too. Holyfield’s 40 time stuns His 40 times were among the slowest in the running back field. I might not carry the fastest 40 in the world but I can play football better than a lot of people.”, Holyfield described the criticisms about his workouts off the field as “extra talk.”. Excellent! The Atlanta Falcons need help at running back , so general manager Thomas Dimitroff had good reason to examine Holyfield closely at the combine and Georgia’s pro day. I’m sure other teams could look for that too. I expected better than 4.78 for Elijah Holyfield, but not a huge shock. He needed to improve that time at Georgia’s pro day last month but instead was even slower at 4.81 seconds. By no means saying he’s a comparable talent.

Holyfield’s second 40-yard dash was timed at 4.86 and 4.89. But how fast was The Bus? His slow 40-yard times make that decision look like a risky gamble in this week’s draft. “It was very close,” Holyfield said of his decision, adding he was swayed by “not knowing things that can happen next season as far as injuries and doing better than I did this past season. If he ran a 4.6 he probably would be ok. IMO field vision and initial burst trump top end speed. He lost only one fumble in his three seasons. I’d say he was draftable. That 40 time is really slow, but the people that don’t possess the physical gifts but still excel on the field are sometimes some of the best players. Our terminology doesn’t make sense). He can improve. Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield was hoping for a big Pro Day after running a slow 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The fear of the unknown pushed running back Elijah Holyfield into the NFL draft instead of returning for his senior season at Georgia. His second attempt was an even slower … how many times in a game to RBs get to run in a straight line in shorts and sneakers? Smart said Holyfield would be a good pick for an NFL team. …. Yeah, Blount’s not a burner and yet he ran a 4.59. He’s not likely to be a franchise back, and he may not end up a successful one, but he’ll certainly get a shot from a team based on his college production.

Holyfield (5-10, 217) overcame his lack of speed with his strong, punishing running style last season. Some of the vikings lineman back then could only hold their block for a second which was twice as long as they needed before Hoard was gone. You must be logged in to leave a comment. Those teams that evaluate vs find reasons to hate will get a solid rb….he has produced at the highest level with consistency.

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