Run Defense - Free flower in space and features good pursuit speed. With that said, his ability to stack and shed blocks on the move is inconsistent. Doesn’t have the mass and lower body power to anchor and set firm edges.
Pass Rush - Has an appealing blend of burst, length, flexibility and some hand usage to rush the passer. Excellent burst releasing out of his stance and carries good speed up and around the arc. Does well to diminish his surface area and challenge blockers to get their hands on him.
Burst - Fluid and explosive out of both a standup and three point stance. No false steps and easily eats up turf with his long strides. Smooth mover in every direction when tasked with defending space.
Effort - Gives good effort on every snap. Keeps battling to get off blocks and his pursuit urgency is sound. Wouldn’t label him an unrelenting defender but he doesn’t ever pack it in.
Hand Technique - Does well to take advantage of his length and keep blockers away from his frame. Could be more effective timing and getting to his pass rush counters. Does he have the pop in his punch to stun blockers in space?
Flexibility - Like how twitchy his upper body is. Does well to diminish his surface area and dip his inside shoulder. Rushes with good tilt through angles. Has easy change of direction skills and smooth transitions in space.
Processing - Block IDing skills is adequate. Does a decent job of reading the set of blockers and attacking the pocket. Can be a tick late recognizing routes in his zone coverage drops
Play Strength - Doesn’t get bullied but he’s more finesse than power. Doesn’t project favorably to squeezing gaps or setting the edge. Contact balance doesn’t impress. More of a gap slasher than plugger.
Versatility - Has been used in a variety of ways but his fit in the NFL comes as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has some upside in space and he has room to grow as a pass rusher.
BEST TRAIT - Versatility
WORST TRAIT - Play Strength
RED FLAGS - None
Oregon deployed Hollins in a variety of ways and that versatility makes him and appealing NFL defender. While his bread and butter and career trajectory will be defined by the impact he makes as a pass rusher, Hollins has plenty of appeal in space and in an attacking role as a 3-4 outside linebacker. As a pass rusher, Hollins’ blend of burst, length, fluidity and hand technique gives him an exciting ceiling. Development is needed in terms of functional strength, processing and zone coverage awareness. Hollins projects as a sub package contributor initially but he can command a bigger role on defense with more development.
Round Grade - Fourth Round Value