Linebacker DeVonte Holloman was drafted in the sixth round in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. In his first game with the Cowboys, Holloman made a ton of noise as he returned an interception for a touchdown in the Hall of Fame game. At the time, he was a converted safety. He was terrific against the pass, but left much to be desired with against the run.
A year later, Holloman looks to start the Mike linebacker position in Dallas’ 4-3 defensive scheme. That position is the one Sean Lee usually plays, but he tore his ACL in OTAs and that left a gaping hole at the spot. It has been reported that Holloman has been competing with Justin Durant and 2014 fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens for the starting position. This three-way battle will be an interesting one because the Cowboys need an impact player in the position.
I’m not a fan of Durant. He didn’t play that well in 2013 and he is getting paid a lot of money. It would be much more beneficial for the Cowboys to cut Durant and let the youngsters fight for the starting position. Last season, when Holloman played the middle linebacker position in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Holloman had 15 tackles and a couple of pass deflections.
Holloman has a ton of potential, and the Cowboys shouldn’t waste it by playing Durant over him. His athleticism will be on full display next to Bruce Carter if he is given the chance to start.