First Step Quickness –He's got nice spring, his releases come predominantly from a 2 pt. stance and he's got nice initial quickness. From a still position in space, he shows desirable click and close ability to attack the football and stay over top of the play.
Hand Technique/Length – His reach is adequate and he does have nice press ability to separate himself and stack blocks. He'll provide good timing with his stab and can find himself in favorable run fits, particularly when squaring up with TEs on the end of the LOS.
Pass Rush Counters – Will bring sweeps and arm overs with the highest frequencies. He doesn't turn the corner particularly well so he's going to need to find more ways to discard hands and soften angles. He can slip through short spaces with finesse and surface reduction.
Flexibility – He doesn't generate a ton of tilt when he's coming off the edge and playing off contact, but when he's left uncontested he drops that inside shoulder and really rides his way through to the football effectively. Good hinges through hips and knees to stay down at the POA.
Run Defending – Again, he'd be so much more potent if he had the hand power to really set himself at first contact. Instead his active hands flash but he's then caught without having anchored himself which can get the better of him when facing doubles or even straight drive blocks from OTs.
Competitive Toughness –He's got good effort but his functional strength is only modest. He's provide more with some more weight on his frame and with more pop in his hands, hands are active but they really don't stun in the manner that they need to in order to dictate reps.
Tackling – He can be a bit wild prior to first contact, an issue that has forced him to miss some potential finishes in the backfield as he works off of contact. He has terrific short area agility to slide his feet when he is in head up situations.
Lateral Mobility – He's very slick in short space. Really like the way he twists to slip through space and he's got very good acceleration when he puts hit foot in the ground and looks to break across face. Very good lateral slide to stay square and sustain spacing.
Stand Up Ability –He's been worked effectively out in space. Good instincts to feel quick throws and screens as they've developed behind him. Has some turn and run ability and he's got the fluidity in space to drop off the edge and hit landmarks in zone.
Football IQ – He brings a lot of likable traits to the table. Took coaching well at winter all-star event and has plenty of room to expand his rush moves and set up offensive tackles so his inside counters aren't so wild. He's got good feel for plays as they develop in space, potential rush/WILL.
BEST TRAIT – Athleticism
WORST TRAIT – Hand Power
BEST FILM – Michigan State (2018)
WORST FILM – Stanford (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Justin Hollins brings impressive athletic ability to the edge and as he continues to build some additional power and strength into his hands, he should be more effective to create favorable angles for himself. Hollins flashes short area quickness to disrupt gaps up front, but he's not quite keen on finishing just yet. Hollins needs to create more separation for himself in his efforts to be balanced as he challenges opposing QBs and ball carriers. Promising upside in space.
Round Grade - Fourth Round