Every prospect that attends the NFL’s annual combine event from Indianapolis during the pre-draft process makes the trip for one reason — to turn heads at the event. Unfortunately for Elijah Holyfield, he did so in the only manner prospects want to avoid.
Despite a strong showing on the field last season for the Bulldogs, Holyfield may have hurt his stock in Indianapolis after registering a 40-yard dash time of 4.78 at the combine. That was his best of two attempts. Holyfield went into Georgia’s Pro Day on Wednesday hoping to show that result was a fluke.
Turns out, he would have been better standing on his bad combine times.
Holyfield ran a 4.86 and a 4.89 at Georgia’s Pro Day, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
That’s not going to get it done for those that put faith in the importance of running a quick 40-yard dash. On the bright side, many see the event for what it is — no player will ever be running in a straight line 40 yards down the field without pads or defenders to evade in the NFL. After all, Holyfield managed to rush for 1,018 yards last season on only 159 carries, which means he averaged 6.4 yards per carry for the Bulldogs.
If NFL teams want a straight line runner, Holyfield won’t be for them but if they want a deceivingly tough runner, capable of picking up tough yards consistently, the former Georgia running back may prove to be a late-round steal for some lucky NFL team in a few weeks.
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 20, 2019