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5 things to know about UCLA CB Darnay Holmes

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With the 110th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected 5-foot-10, 195-pound cornerback Darnay Holmes out of UCLA. Here are five things to know about the new member of Big Blue:

1. UCLA CAREER OVERVIEW

A three-year starter, Holmes played in 35 career games with 33 starts for the Bruins He recorded 111 tackles, two forced fumbles, 28 pass breakups and eight interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He was a two-time All-Pack 12 honorable mention selection in his last two seasons.

Along with defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips, he became part of the first pair of true freshmen defenders to start a season opener in UCLA history in 2017. Holmes returned 38 kickoffs in his college career for a average of 23.1 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown vs. Stanford in 2018.

2. HONORS & AWARDS

  • Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 (2019)
  • Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 (2018)
  • Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll
  • 2019 Senior Bowl
  • PrepStar Dream Team selection
  • U.S. Army All-America Bowl Game

3. NFL SCOUTING COMBINE MEASUREMENTS & RESULTS

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Arms: 29 1/2"
  • Hands: 9 1/4"
  • 40-yard dash: 4.48 sec.
  • Bench press: 12 reps

View photos of former UCLA CB Darnay Holmes.

4. HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL

Graduated UCLA in 2 1/2 years … Native of Pasadena, California … Listed as a five-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com … Scout's No. 13 recruit nationally and the top-rated cornerback in the nation … No. 5 on the Scout.com West 150 List … No. 4 on the Scout California 100 List … First-team Scout.com 2017 Class All-American … Rivals.com No. 4 cornerback prospect in the nation and the No. 27 overall player in the nation … No. 4 on the Rivals.com California 100 List … No. 41 on the ESPN 300 List and a four-star recruit … No. 13 on the si.com national list … CalHiSports.com fi rst-team All-State selection … As a senior, he made 30 tackles … On offense, he caught 69 passes for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns … Named All-CIF Div. V … Totaled 39 receiving touchdowns for his prep career … Also returned kicks … Invited to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl game.

Parents: Darick Holmes and Johnnay Daniels … Has one older brother and one older sister … His biggest thrill to date has been to score five touchdowns in four different ways in the CIF Championship … His favorite athlete is Deion Sanders … Enjoys listening to music ... Earned a spot on the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll in Spring 2018, Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 quarters ... African American Studies major.

5. NFL.COM SCOUTING REPORT

  • Self-starter and high achiever off the field
  • Eight career interceptions, with two for touchdowns
  • Well-built and strong
  • Smoothness in backpedal from off coverage
  • Hustles to challenge throw-side positioning on slants
  • Aggressive challenging short routes and at catch-points
  • Turns to locate football when guarding downfield
  • Passes off route combinations from zone
  • Consistent effort and finish as a tackler
  • Offers kick return value, with a 93-yard touchdown on his resume
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