The 2018 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and on Friday Michigan State gave professional coaches and scouts the chance to take a closer look at some former Spartans. Running back Gerald Holmes made the most of his opportunity, recording a 10’8” box jump, a number that would’ve tied for second among all running backs at the NFL Combine, which ended in about two weeks ago.
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The broad jump is used to measure a player’s short-area quickness and burst, and serves as an indicator of lower-body balance and strength. Take a look at Holmes’ best jump from Friday below:
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Holmes was a complementary piece in the Spartans’ offense over his four-year career. He played in 11 games as a senior in 2017, including recording five starts. He played a big role in Michigan State’s 17-7 win over Maryland on Nov. 18., recording 64 yards on 11 carries. The next week, a 40-7 win for the Spartans over Rutgers, Holmes scored his lone rushing touchdown of the season and ran for 59 yards.
The NFL draft will kick of April 26 and run through April 28. Holmes has so far sparsely been mentioned in mock drafts, but perhaps his showing in the broad jump will open the necessary eyes.
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