Round 7 (220th Overall): Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
If the Houston Texans decide they want to select a running back late in the draft to replace Alfred Blue or to see if he can bring competition to D’Onta Foreman, a player with a late-round projection is Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield.
Holyfield ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and had 26 reps in the bench press, showcasing he does have quality strength. Being the 10th-ranked running back in a running back class that hasn’t jumped off the page during the draft process, Holyfield could become a knockout pick for the Texans if given the proper amount of time to work on his skill set and his conditioning because many were not impressed with his combine numbers.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compares him to NFL veteran Mark Ingram, and being that Holyfield is 5-10 and weighs 217 pounds, he does have a similar build to Ingram, but he still has a long way to go to be as good as Ingram has been over his lengthy NFL career.
Houston does have some questions at running back because Lamar Miller is on the final year of his contract and the jury is still out on Foreman, so Holyfield — who rushed for 1,018 yards on 159 carries — is also coming off a season where he had seven touchdowns and averaged 6.4 yards per carry.
Granted, his collegiate stats don’t mean a whole lot when it comes to what Holyfield can achieve in the NFL, but the Texans do need to take a running back on at least Day 3 of the NFL Draft, and with that, Holyfield is more than worth it to select with their final pick in the draft.