State of the position: Gone are three all-conference type players in Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine. Jenkins and Carradine were seniors, but Werner performed well enough to justify leaving a year early for the NFL draft and is likely a first-round pick. The top overall prospect from 2012, Mario Edwards, is back after getting some experience in his freshman season. Chris Casher, a very capable player, redshirted as a freshman in 2012. Giorgio Newberry is the elder statesman of the group, but still has limited experience entering his redshirt sophomore season. Dan Hicks, a defensive end previously before moving to tight end, could move back to the position as well.
ESPN.com scouting report: Hollin is a tweener DE/DT who might be best utilized as a five-technique in a 3-4 scheme. As an end, he has good explosiveness off the ball and is very physical at the point of attack. He does a good job of using his hands to engage blockers and create separation. He shows good overall strength to take on and control blockers. He has the tools to be a two-gap defender. He locates the ball well and shows the ability to shed. He moves well laterally while engaged and can stretch plays. He does a good job of coming across and squeezing down. He has solid change-of-direction skills. He has good open-field speed but builds speed as he goes. He pursues to the ball and is a solid tackler. However, Hollin is not overly quick-twitch. He lacks sudden, agile explosiveness and closing speed. He doesn't always have a great plan with his hands or moves. He is very active and displays strength at the point of attack, but might be a better run-stuffer than edge rusher for the next level.
Expected impact: Hollin is going to have to play, one way or another. At 260 pounds, he is physically big enough to compete against college linemen and should enter with some confidence, having played in the junior college ranks. It's a good thing for FSU, too, because with their lack of depth at the position, a big, physical end is going to be important. The question will be Hollin's ability to get after the passer. Will he be able to drop some bad weight, add some good pounds and be quick enough off the edge?