April 26, 2003

Montrae Holland - Guard, Florida State University

Montrae Holland
Guard, Florida State University

6'3", 323 pounds, 5.21/40

One Hundred Second Pick Overall, Fourth Round

Holland is a big, powerful guard prospect from the Seminoles who was a target of the Saints in the first day. Once again, the Saints used a fourth round pick to grab a solid player who slipped out of the first day. Balanced pass and rush blocker and a very strong player with 30 reps of 225 at the combine. Not the most nimble player, running a 5.21 20-yard drill at the combine. Holland still has the required mobility at the second level, and is a good overall athlete with flexibility. Isn't is best in space and needs to be at guard where he has help on either side. At around 320 pounds, Holland is already at his optimal pro playing weight. Has solid footwork and handwork.

Off the field, there are no problems with Holland and on the field he is a very tough, very aggressive player. Started since his sophomore year and is experience with the big game experience he got from playing at a program like Florida State. Holland had ankle surgery in 2000 and has had some knee issues recently. He had cartilage removed at one point from both of his knees and durability is the reason why Holland slipped to the fifth pick on the second day. Holland has the required mass but at 6'2" is a bit below the prototypical height for an interior offensive lineman.

What we are hearing from scouts around the league:

"Very good value board pick with Holland. Dropped mainly because most team doctors believe he has two arthritic knees. One of the top run blockers in the draft... plays with great leverage, lower body strength... despite his average size... he has longer arms than most his size... big hands... hits the the rise... plays with steady technique... has worked himself into better shape in the off season... losing about 20 pounds... plays his best at around 320 pounds..."

"Cannonball in run blocking and just enough mobility and range to be effective in pass blocking. Big arms. Mature player who is fairly well rounded and ready to go at this point. Weight will be an issue but he appears to have it under control for now. Great pick for the Saints. May allow them to dump Wally Williams."

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