Chicago Bears Draft Scout: Jeff Holland

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 2: Linebacker Jeff Holland
AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 2: Linebacker Jeff Holland /
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Is Jeff Holland a scheme fit on the edge for the Chicago Bears?

Jeff Holland spent two seasons rotating in behind Carl Lawson on the edge. When Lawson went to the NFL draft, the team hardly missed a beat as Holland stepped up to provide 9.5 sacks, 12.5 for loss and four forced fumbles. Can he make that same jump to the NFL next season, and how does he fit on the Chicago Bears?


Age: 22

School: Auburn 


Holland with with speed and strong hand work to get around the edge. He does a really a good job of pushing pockets and clogging run lanes. As shown in the play below, he has a strong swipe move to blaze by tackles.

Jeff Holland also has a dip move to help get around the edge. He does not have the best bend, but there is definitely something there to work with.

He also has the length to work with as well. His ability to keep separation from offensive lineman with his reach and push establishes a base of a pass rusher that could be worth investing in.

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His biggest questions come down to lateral mobility. He can be tight coming out of his stance, and moving sideline to sideline is not a preferred option for him. It usually hurts him in the running game, but can also catch up with him against the pass as well. He can build up speed but he usually is not the first player off of the line.

It would be tough to trust Jeff Holland to drop into coverage much as well.