On the heels of winning the Jim Thorpe Award as college football’s best defensive back, Louisville safety Gerod Holliman has elected to forgo his remaining NCAA career and enter the 2015 NFL draft, reports Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (video link).
Holliman racked up 14 interceptions as a redshirt sophomore this year for Louisville. In Miller’s view, the 20-year-old has a chance to be one of the first defensive backs off the board in 2015, in what looks like a weak secondary market. Still, although Holliman’s playmaking ability as a ballhawk at free safety are exceptional, scouts – along with Holliman himself – feel as if he needs to improve his tackling skills in order to become a productive player at the next level, writes Mike Huguenin of NFL.com.
According to our list of early entrants for 2015, Holliman becomes the seventh underclassman to announce his intent to enter the draft.