Will Holden
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Holden with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017
Personal information
Born: (1993-09-14) September 14, 1993 (age 28)
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school:Clay (FL)
College:Vanderbilt
Position:Offensive tackle
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 157
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:27
Games started:9
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Will Holden (born September 14, 1993) is an American football offensive tackle who is a free agent. He played college football at Vanderbilt University and professionally for the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, and Detroit Lions.

College career

Holden red-shirted his first season at Vanderbilt in 2012. He played in every game his red-shirt freshman and sophomore on special teams and limited time with the offense. He then started every game in his junior year at left tackle in 2015. His senior season, Holden again started at left tackle and earned All-SEC 2nd team(coaches) honors.[1][2] Holden graduated from Vanderbilt University in December 2016 with a degree in Human and Organizational Development, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.[3] He recently proposed to his long-time girlfriend from Vanderbilt, Casey Musicant.

Professional career

Prior to the combine, Holden played guard at the East–West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Holden has an impressive week of practices leading up to the shrine game and was identified by NFL analyst as one of the players who raised his draft stock.[4] Holden also attended Vanderbilt's Pro Day, but was satisfied with his combine performance and opted to only do positional drills. New England Patriot's head coach Bill Belichick and representatives from 28 NFL teams attended Vanderbilt's Pro Day to scout Holden, Zach Cunningham, and nine other players.[5] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, he was projected to be a third or fourth round draft pick from the majority of scouts and analysts. He was ranked the tenth best offensive tackle by NFLDraftScout.com.

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 7+12 in
(2.02 m)
311 lb
(141 kg)
33+14 in
(0.84 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
5.47 s 1.83 s 3.10 s 4.72 s 7.71 s 28 in
(0.71 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6][7]

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals selected Holden in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the seventh offensive tackle selected in 2017 and the 17th offensive linemen.[8] On May 12, 2017, the Cardinals signed Holden to a four-year, $2.66 million contract with a signing bonus of $268,132.[9] He played in seven games with five starts in his rookie season.

On September 2, 2018, Holden was waived by the Cardinals.[10]

Indianapolis Colts

On September 13, 2018, Holden was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.[11] He was released on September 24, 2018.[12]

New Orleans Saints

On October 2, 2018, Holden was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad.[13] He was released on November 28, 2018.

Arizona Cardinals (second stint)

On November 29, 2018, Holden was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.[14] He was released on July 20, 2019.[15]

Miami Dolphins

On July 21, 2019, Holden was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins.[16] He was waived on August 26, 2019.[17]

Seattle Seahawks

On August 27, 2019, Holden was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.[18] He was waived on August 31, 2019.[19]

San Francisco 49ers

On September 17, 2019, Holden was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.[20] On December 3, 2019, Holden was released from the practice squad.

Baltimore Ravens

On December 4, 2019, Holden was signed to the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Ravens on January 13, 2020.[21] He was waived during final roster cuts on September 5, 2020, and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[22][23] He was elevated to the active roster on November 21 for the team's week 11 game against the Tennessee Titans, and reverted to the practice squad after the game.[24] He was placed on the practice squad/COVID-19 list by the team on November 28, 2020,[25] and restored to the practice squad on December 9.[26]

Indianapolis Colts (second stint)

On December 10, 2020, Holden was signed by the Indianapolis Colts off the Ravens practice squad.[27]

On August 31, 2021, Holden was waived by the Colts.[28]

Detroit Lions

Holden was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad on September 9, 2021.[29] He was promoted to the active roster on September 16, 2021.[30]

References

  1. ^ "Will Holden". Vanderbilt University Athletics - Official Athletics Website. May 4, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "SEC announces Coaches All-SEC Teams". www.secsports.com. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  3. ^ Halyburton, Kate Pearson (November 25, 2016). "Vanderbilt's Will Holden Redefining Student-Athlete". Last Word on College Football. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Chase Goodbread (January 21, 2017). "What we learned from Shrine Game: UCLA CB could rise to Round 1". NFL.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Pro Day Results: Clemson, Vandy, Illinois, PSU". NFL.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "Will Holden, Vanderbilt, OT, 2017 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "Will Holden Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  8. ^ Cox, Seth (April 29, 2017). "Arizona Cardinals take Will Holden with first of two 5th round picks". RevengeOfTheBirds.com.
  9. ^ "Spotrac.com: Will Holden contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Urban, Darren (September 2, 2018). "Cardinals Undergo Roster Changes, Build Practice Squad". AZCardinals.com.
  11. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Sign T Will Holden To Practice Squad". Colts.com. September 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Claim CB Arthur Maulet Off Waivers; Release RB Christine Michael". Colts.com. September 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Katzenstein, Josh (October 2, 2018). "Saints cut Brandon Tate, add four players to practice squad". NOLA.com.
  14. ^ Urban, Darren (November 29, 2018). "Cardinals Bring Back Offensive Lineman Will Holden". AZCardinals.com.
  15. ^ Urban, Darren (July 20, 2019). "Charles Clay, Robert Nkemdiche Among 6 Cardinals Put On PUP". AZCardinals.com.
  16. ^ "Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. July 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Dolphins Waive Will Holden". MiamiDolphins.com. August 26, 2019.
  18. ^ "Seahawks Sign DE Logan Tago & T Will Holden". Seahawks.com. August 28, 2019.
  19. ^ Boyle, John (August 31, 2019). "Seahawks Make Roster Moves, Establish 53-Man Roster". Seahawks.com.
  20. ^ "49ers Announce Roster Moves". 49ers.com. September 17, 2019.
  21. ^ Brown, Clifton (January 13, 2020). "Ravens Sign Nine Players to Reserve/Future Contracts". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  22. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 5, 2020). "Ravens' Initial 53-Man Roster Is Set". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  23. ^ Brown, Clifton (September 6, 2020). "Ravens Announce 16-Man Practice Squad". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  24. ^ Kasinitz, Aaron (November 21, 2020). "Baltimore Ravens activate Dez Bryant, 2 others off practice squad for game against Titans". PennLive.com. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  25. ^ Brown, Clifton (November 28, 2020). "Six Ravens Added to Reserve/COVID-19 List". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  26. ^ Mink, Ryan (December 9, 2020). "Ravens Activate Mark Andrews, Matthew Judon Off COVID-19 List". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  27. ^ "Colts Sign T Will Holden To Active Roster". Colts.com. December 10, 2020.
  28. ^ "Colts Announce Final 2021 Roster Cuts". Colts.com. August 31, 2021.
  29. ^ Schlitt, Erik (September 9, 2021). "Lions sign OT Will Holden to practice squad, release WR Javon McKinley". Pride Of Detroit. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  30. ^ "Detroit Lions sign Will Holden to 53-man roster, add Tommy Kraemer to practice squad". Pride of Detroit. SB Nation. September 16, 2021.