Good height with a lean, wiry build at this stage. Possesses good length, but will need to work to pack on more good mass to a narrower frame. Displays adequate playing strength with average initial quickness for size.
Versus the Run
Can fire out low flashing the ability to uncoil and explode into blockers on contact. Will bring his hands, but needs to improve his ability to extend. When he keeps his pads down he doesn't easily give ground, but could struggle to hold his ground and disengage from bigger offensive tackles in phone both situations at the next level until he adds more size. Can redirect well enough to fall back into plays.
Pass Rush Skills
Shows some flashes, but this is an area for improvement. Flashes activity with his hands, but needs to further develop usage and build upon pass rush arsenal. Can tend to try and win with speed, but lacks the first-step quickness and ability to tightly bend the edge to consistently do so. Can struggle to counter when initially caught.
Looks to play with a good motor and though he lacks ideal bulk and strength at this stage, he plays with a physical nature. Not a run-through tackler but is an adequate wrap-up tackler.
Holden can be an active defender though we don't see an immediate contributor. He needs to further fill out and continues to develop technically. A redshirt is needed, but he can grow into a solid contributor at the next level.