2021 NFL Draft: Instant grades for the Miami Dolphins selecting Jevon Holland

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2021 NFL Draft: Instant grades for the Dolphins selecting Jevon Holland originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft is underway!

It didn’t take long for another former member of the Oregon Ducks to go off the board. Jevon Holland was selected No. 36 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the second-round of the draft, just one day after Penei Sewell landed with the Detroit Lions at No. 7 overall.

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Holland, a two-year starting safety for the Ducks, announced on September 26 that he was opting out of the Pac-12 season and officially declaring for the draft.

In his two-year stint at Oregon, he was one of three FBS players with four or more interceptions in each of the last two years (prior to opting out). He also became the first Oregon player the team in INTs two-consecutive years since Jairus Byrd (2006 & 2007).

Now, Holland will make the leap from college player to the NFL in South Beach. Here’s a look at the grades NFL experts have handed the Dolphins for their second-round selection.

Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports: C

"Surprising he's the first safety off the board in this class. Tons of ball production at Oregon and his instincts are through the roof. But not the most sudden nor the fastest in man coverage. Average in run support. Does fill a need."

Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic: C+

"The Dolphins have not been shy about investing in their secondary, and Holland (6-foot-1, 207) should be a nice fit in Brian Flores’ scheme. He had excellent ball production with 19 passes defended and nine interceptions in 27 games. Holland has experience playing free safety, in the box and as a slot corner. If nothing else, Holland should be someone who can contribute right away in sub packages, and he has the potential to be a valuable starter."

Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News: A-

"Miami got a needed cleanup man for the secondary, although it’s surprising it wasn’t TCU’s Trevon Moehrig instead from the position. Holland can do a little of everything well vs. run and pass to support Brian Flores’ front seven, which now includes first-round edge rusher Jaelan Phillips."

Here’s a look at what other media outlets are saying about Holland’s fit with the Dolphins:

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic via NFL scout:

"Dynamic athlete; coach's kid. Stud in special teams. I bet he'll go to Pro Bowls before too long."

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel: 

"The Dolphins were looking for an intelligent safety who could eventually replace Bobby McCain. He needed to be able to play center field and defend slot receivers. That's Jevon Holland."

ESPN’s Mel Kiper:

“Nine interceptions over two years and then opted out [in 2020]. Also an outstanding punt returner. Averaged 15.3 yards per return in 2019 on 16 returns. Nine picks: four picks in 2019, five in 2018.” 

ESPN’s Louis Riddick:

“Very smooth, very skilled. Good hips. Very fluid closing ability. The kind of guy you would assume Brian Flores will find multiple ways to deploy him. You can send him on the blitz. You can match him up against tight ends. You can match him against running backs. There are so many different things you can do with a player like this. And when a team like the Dolphins that emphasizes good fundamentals in the second this is a good solid pick. You can see Brian Flores advocating for a guy like this.”

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:

“Versatile defensive back with good size, above-average instincts and impressive ball skills. Holland plays with good pattern recognition and anticipation underneath. He has the ball greed and competitiveness to make contested catches a challenge for opponents."