Khaled Holmes has found a place in the NFL, getting drafted by Indianapolis Colts in the 4th round, who selected him with the 121st overall pick of this weekend’s 2013 NFL Draft. Holmes is the fourth member of USC’s draft class to hear their name called at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, after receiver Robert Woods was drafted by the Bills, T.J. McDonald went to the Rams and Matt Barkley was selected by Philadelphia Eagles.
Holmes was a three-year starter for the Trojans, beginning his college career at right guard, where he was a Pac-10 Honorable Mention as a sophomore in 2010.
Khaled, the brother of former USC tight end Alex Holmes, moved to center before the 2011 season, where he gave snaps to quarterback Matt Barkley, whom he played with at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.
At center, Holmes was on the 2011 All-Pac-12 second team and went into the 2012 season as a serious candidate for the Rimington Award, given to the nation’s top center. Alabama guard-turned-center Barrett Jones ultimately won the award in a landslide.
Entering the draft, Holmes had a fifth round draft projection, and was listed as the fourth best center in the draft-eligible field behind Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick, Cal’s Brian Schwenke and the aforementioned Jones.