Sep 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals safety Gerod Holliman (8) intercepts a pass in the second quarter of a game against the FIU Golden Panthers in the second quarter at FIU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret there is a massive hole at free safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While Gerod Holliman isn’t a pure free safety, he has the best ball hawking skills of the defensive backs available in the 2015 NFL Draft. He tied the FBS record for interceptions with 14 in 2014 and also won the Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the nation. There’s no doubt that he has ball hawking skills and there’s no doubt that he can turn the tide of any game. That is exactly what the Jaguars need.
Like their second round pick in this Jaguars mock draft, the team is gambling here but it should pay off. At worst, the Jaguars come away with a quality depth cornerback/defensive back who can be slotted in pretty much anywhere. At best, the team comes away with a free safety who turns the secondary into a strength for the first time in years. Strong safety Johnathan Cyprien deserves a partner in the backfield who is instinctive and can be trusted to take care of deep plays. The Jags have been burned too much in the past and Holliman can come in and solve their problems on the back end.
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