Desmond Hollin is a six-foot-three-inch, 285-pound defensive lineman out of Miami, Florida. Hollin played his high school football for the Southridge Spartans contributing at the defensive end and wide receiver position. In his senior year at Southridge he became an All-Dade selection leading the county in sacks with 21.
Hollin subsequently attended ASA College in New York and performed admirably in his tenure there. Hollin collected 37 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and an interception in is final season at ASA College. Following his performance during the 2012 season, 247Sports rated him the 15th-best prospect at defensive end and a top-150 JUCO player.
With offers from Kansas, Kentucky and others, Hollin ultimately chose to attend Florida State. In 2013, he was chosen to play a variety of positions along a multitude of defensive fronts and helped his team capture a national championship.
In 2014 Hollin continued to display his versatility as he contributed as a defensive end, as well as a classic three-technique in an under front. He also had his best game as a Seminole in the ACC Championship Game recording a personal-best seven tackles in a single game.
Throughout his time at Florida State, Hollin has proven that he is tremendously athletic for his size, exceptionally energetic and is capable of maintaining effectiveness at a myriad of positions. He also does a great job of striking offensive linemen first, which enables him to quickly defeat blockers.
Hollin has the tools to achieve sustained success in the NFL, and as a result of his athleticism and versatility, he is not scheme dependent. Hollin hopes to earn an opportunity to prove his worth to an NFL franchise in the very near future. If he’s given the reps necessary to showcase his ability, he could have a productive career in the NFL.
I had the opportunity to speak with Desmond Hollin about his time at Florida State, feedback from his pro day and who he patterns his game after.