Purdue tight end Gabe Holmes aiming for spot in NFL

Purdue tight end Gabe Holmes is aiming for a spot in the NFL following a strong performance at the College Gridiron Showcase all-star game in Texas. "Everything went pretty well," Holmes said. "I had a solid week. I was able to show a bit of what I can do and get out there in the open field. I had a pretty solid week." Holmes is preparing for his March 4 campus Pro Day, training in Tampa, Fla. Holmes is hoping to run the 40-yard dash in the high 4.5 to low 4.5 range. "Everything is going pretty smooth," Holmes said. "I'm fine-tuning everything and getting ready. I'm pretty confident." Holmes caught 17 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns last season, finishing his career with 63 career receptions for 552 yards and five touchdowns. He majored in organized leadership and has already graduated. Holmes made several acrobatic catches at the all-star game. The 6-foot-6, 258-pounder from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., chose Purdue over Miami, Florida State and South Florida. "I played in a pro-style offense," Holmes said. "I can come in and help a team. I'm not a one-dimensional player. I played in a two-point stance, but I can come in tight and block. If I have to be in the slot, I can create mismatches. "I played basketball growing up. I always wanted to be a basketball player. That faded when I stopped growing and I started playing football. My love for the game has grown tremendously." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun      
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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