Stop! Listen. Hear that buzz? That's the sound of anticipation and excitement surrounding Justin Hollins.
The former Oregon linebacker entered the NFL Draft process as an intriguing, 6-foot-5, 248-pound ultra athletic prospect with many questions surrounding his pro potential including, what is he? An undersized defensive end or an out-of-place linebacker?
After a strong showing during the practices leading up to the East-West Shrine Game last month, and then delivering an MVP-caliber performance as a linebacker, Hollins' name is on the rise. He could give it another jolt on Sunday when he works out at the NFL Scouting Combine.
"He's an exceptional, exceptional athlete," Hollins' agent Frank Bauer said. "He's very smart. And he has everything they want. The height. The weight. The long arms. The long body. And the key ingredient is he is able to run like a deer."
Hollins will have a chance to prove his athletic prowess in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., when linebackers and defensive linemen, including former teammate Jalen Jelks, take the field on Sunday for a series of drills, including the all-important 40-yard dash.
For Hollins, who arrived at Oregon in 2014, being one of four Oregon players selected to participate at the combine is both exciting and "a blessing."
Now, he said, it's time to "do my thing."
Back to that in a bit.
One can't fully appreciate where Hollins is now in his career without knowing where he's been.
Hollins arrived at Oregon in 2014 as a 3-star recruit listed at 6-foot-6, 205 pounds. He played mostly special teams for the 2014 team that reached the national title game where the Ducks lost to Ohio State.
Hollins got injured the following spring and ended up redshirting in 2015. He returned to action in 2016 only to see Oregon change defensive coordinators from Don Pellum to Brady Hoke and also change schemes, shifting from the 3-4 to the 4-3. That led to Hollins moving to defensive end where he ended up starting. He led all Ducks' linemen with 51 tackles, but at 240 pounds was woefully undersized to excel at that position.
"I knew after my first year in college that if I ever wanted to go to the NFL I'd be an outside linebacker," Hollins said. "So the whole position change got underneath my skin a little bit. But it didn't really affect my train of thought. I just kind of did what I had to do."
Oregon went 4-8 that season in large part because of one of the worst run defenses in the nation. That fact certainly wasn't all on Hollins, but teams certainly did take advantage of running the ball at him given his lack of bulk for the defensive end position.
The poor season led to the firing of coach Mark Helfrich and the entire staff. New coach Willie Taggart took over and hired Jim Leavitt to run the defense and he implemented the 3-4 scheme.
Nobody on the team was more pleased with that development than Hollins, who as a redshirt junior was ready to thrive.
He put up 59 tackles with 11 1/2 for loss in 2017 and followed up with 14 1/2 tackles for loss in 2018 to go along with 64 tackles and five forced fumbles.
Clearly, Hollins became an NFL prospect along the way. But he also remained somewhat of a mystery, a tweener, not big enough to play defensive end in the NFL (or college, for that matter) and maybe not agile enough to play linebacker and cover professional running backs and tight ends.
The predraft process provided Hollins with a chance to establish who and what he is all about.
Hollins - who has been working out at Mamba Sports in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Athletic Gaines in Los Angeles, Calif., and had a chance to meet Mamba's co-owner, former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant - took advantage of his first big predraft opportunity leading up to the East-West Shrine game.
There, Hollins demonstrated against elite competition that he could indeed play outside linebacker in either the 4-3 or the 3-4 at the next level and he backed up a strong week of work by earning defensive player of the game with 10 tackles, two sacks and three for loss.
"I was able to make plays and showed my strengths," Hollins said.
People took notice.
"He went to that East-West Shrine Game and was asked to play more of a traditional, stand up linebacker role, and his athletic ability really caught the attention of some of the people therem," said Rob Rang, draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com.
That showing set the table for the combine where Hollins could further elevate his stock by running a strong time in the 40-yard dash and delivering good numbers in other drills, as well.
Hollins ran track and field in high school in Arlington, Texas, where he posted a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters, but that was when he weighed well below the 248 pounds he is now. Still, both Rang and Bauer expect Hollins to run very well on Sunday. If he does, with his size, the hype train should begin to accelerate.
"I learned a long time ago from [former Oakland Raiders owner] Al Davis, speed kills," Bauer, of Sun West Sports in Stockton, Calif., said. "If he runs well, he's only going to move up."
Someone that tall, and that fast, with long arms could create plenty of havoc in the NFL. Rang said that Hollins' five forced fumbles are huge in the eyes of NFL scouts.
"That was number two in the country," Rang said. "NFL teams are just enamored with pass rushers that can create turnovers."
Hollins said he believes his strengths are his speed and ability to read plays. He is also self aware enough to recognize his flaws. Hollins said he must work on his ability to bend and remain low.
"Sometimes I get caught playing high," he said. "Like when I'm tired I tend to stand up a little bit more instead of bending at my hips and my knees to keep my leverage. That's my main weakness. But I'm working on it everyday."
A concern for him as a linebacker would be if Hollins could perform well in coverage in the NFL.
"I definitely have to work on that but it's not like if I step out there I'll feel uncomfortable covering anybody," he said. "But I know that I have a lot to improve on when it comes to that aspect of the game."
Hollins had been projected to be a middle-round pick until the East-West Shrine Game buzz began. Now, Rang said he could see Hollins going as high as the second or third round. However, one NFL Scout said what Hollins does at the combine will be a greater measuring stick. NFL teams, the scout said, will want to see if he has the ability to develop into a strong pass rusher at the next level.
"He needs to develop more rush savvy with moves and counters," the scout said. "He doesn't show a lot of that."
At this point, Hollins said he doesn't care what scheme he ends up playing in and isn't too caught up in what round he ends up being selected.
"I want to go as high as I possibly can," he said. "But getting picked up will just be a blessing for me and I'll just be happy about that, honestly."
Hollins said he's sought combine advice from a few former Oregon Ducks, such as former UO offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby and defensive lineman Tony Washington.
"They said it's going to be a grind but it's going to be a fun one," he said.
Bauer, of course, believes his clients stock is on the rise.
"People are all talking about him being one of the guys that's on the move," Bauer said.
Rang has certainly become enamored with the Ducks' prospect.
"People are going to be so intrigued by what he brings," Rang said. "There's a perception that he still has untapped potential. Of the Oregon Ducks, he is the one that's going to have an up-arrow next to his name when the process if over, I believe."
Now, Hollins has to deliver on the biggest scouting stage in the world.