The Green Bay Packers used the 185th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft on Toledo cornerback Ka’dar Hollman.
Hollman (5-11, 196) started 35 games at Toledo over the last three seasons, including 27 straight between 2017-18. He produced 29 pass breakups and two interceptions.
The Packers brought Hollman to Green Bay for a pre-draft visit last month.
Hollman ensured he’d be drafted by running a 4.36-second 40-yard dash, hitting 39.5″ in the vertical and finishing the three-cone drill in 6.81 seconds at his pro day in March.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic believes Hollman is a high-upside cornerback worth developing.
“Projecting similar to E.J. Gaines, Hollman managed only two interceptions over 35 starts, but his 13 passes defended in 2018 tied for the conference lead,” Brugler wrote in his draft guide. “Play speed is critical at the position and he checks that box, but needs to improve his discipline in coverage and reliability as a tackler. Overall, Hollman does a better job pattern matching from press rather than off-coverage, showing the athleticism to blanket receivers up-and-down the field, projecting as a high-upside developmental cornerback.”
Hollman will provide more competition at cornerback behind Tramon Williams, Kevin King, Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in Green Bay.
GREEN BAY – Ka’dar Hollman wanted so desperately to have a chance to play college football that he went on an email campaign in search of a scholarship – while working a variety of temporary jobs, from a bread factory to unloading Dunkin’ Donuts trucks to cutting meat for a deli.
On Saturday, the Toledo cornerback got another chance he was dreaming of: To play in the NFL, having been taken by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (No. 185 overall).
“Getting picked by Green Bay, I had a rush of emotions go through me,” Hollman said in a conference call with Wisconsin reporters after the pick. “I just felt like all my hard work and everything I went through (paid off). Just tons of emotions.”
Hollman said he was a “zero-star recruit” coming out of a prep school and said he wrote emails to every Division I college coach he could find an address for, attaching a highlight video to his notes. He finally got a preferred walk-on offer from Toledo and then earned a scholarship his redshirt sophomore year.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Hollman finished last season with one interception, 12 pass break-ups and 43 tackles. He took a pre-draft visit to Green Bay last week and said it felt like the perfect fit.
“It took place last week, on Wednesday,” Hollman said. “I could tell right when I got there I felt the Green Bay tradition. Stepping on Lambeau Field, it was just a different feel than everywhere else I went. I just felt like, ‘That’s the place I belong.’”