Although the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft thinking he’d be a good special teams player, DeVonte Holloman was coming into his own as a member of the team. The Cowboys have had questions at all three linebacker positions and Holloman showed the ability and the versatility to play all three of those positions.
At first glance, Holloman looks like a perfect epitome of a weakside linebacker. He has quick and instinctive. Holloman was a safety for the first three years of his college career. His athleticism told the coaching staff that he had a future on the weakside. Because of injuries, last in the season last year, the Cowboys started Holloman at the MIKE linebacker position in a win-or-go-home matchup in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Holloman had 11 tackles and two sacks. Although he was extremely raw, Holloman had a unique skillset and many thought he would wind up as starter in 2014, especially with the injury to Sean Lee. Unfortunately, Holloman has now suffered two major neck injuries. Because of that, the South Carolina product has elected to retire in hopes to leave the league uninjured.
Football is a spectacular sport, but the risk of injury is at a premium, especially in today’s league. The good news for the second-year player is that he will be leaving this sport with his health and that’s by far the most important thing. Because of his retirement, things will be even harder for this coaching staff to find the best three guys to man the linebacker positions. My guess at this point is Bruce Carter at the weakside position, Rolando McClain at the MIKE position, and Kyle Wilber at the strongside position.