by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Colorado State Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight- Colorado State, Tight End, Dallin Holker
Name- Dallin Holker
Pos- Tight End
Team- Colorado State
HT/WT- 6’5” 235 lbs.
Home – Lehi, UT
Dallin Holker was a consensus 3-star tight end out of Levi High school in Utah. His senior season saw him put up astronomical numbers, hauling in 97 passes for 1,766 yards and 22 touchdowns. The yards were the 2nd most in Utah’s history. After his prolific senior season, Holker committed to play football at BYU.
As a freshman at BYU in 2018, Holker saw the field early and often and finished the season with 19 receptions for 235 yards and 1 touchdown. Holker spent his 2019 and 2020 seasons on his Mormon mission and did not play any football in those 2 seasons. He returned to BYU in 2021 and played in 13 games and recorded 14 catches for 200 yards and 1 touchdown.
Last season, Holker played in the first 3 games for BYU and then decided he wanted to transfer. He sat out the rest of the season until the portal opened up in December. Right after the portal opened up, he announced that he was transferring to Colorado State to finish his collegiate career.
Coming into this season, Holker was not on draft boards whatsoever, but through 12 games with Colorado State, he has proven to be a quality and draftable tight end. He has 64 catches for 767 yards and 6 touchdowns and is now on many teams' radars going forward.
Holker is a hard working tight end who will go out of his way to hit a defender. He gets to the second level and makes key blocks in the Rams running game. He is excellent at making catches in traffic, has strong and reliable hands and will snatch the ball out of the air when contested. He is an athletic tight end who never gives up on a route. He will break from his route and find open space when the quarterback gets pushed out of the pocket and is a valuable “possession type” tight end who will keep the chains moving. As a player, Holker has a high football IQ, always aware of where he is and where he needs to go to pick up first downs.
Though Holker is a good possession receiver, he does not have the speed to threaten defenses down the middle. He struggles catching and tracking the ball over his shoulder and is much more comfortable catching the ball over the middle in traffic. He is a straight line route runner with not much twitchiness and does not do a good job of creating separation. He will need to gain some weight to play in the NFL to become an asset in the blocking game. He is on the smaller side when it comes to the other top tight end prospects and is a better route runner in zone coverage than in man-to-man.
Though Cade Otton had a bit more over the shoulder skill than Holker, Draft 412 sees a favorable comparison in their games. Otton has turned into a possession type receiver in Tampa Bay since being selected in the 4th round of the 2022 draft but is only averaging a little over 9 yards per catch in his career. These are numbers that a team should expect from Dallin Holker.
Over the shoulder
Lack of separation
Dallin Holker is most likely going to be a 4th option as a receiver on an NFL team. But nowadays with the way that teams use their tight ends, there is value in a possession type tight end who loves to block.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - Round 5 or Round 6