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2021 NFL Draft profile: Oregon safety Jevon Holland

The Denver Broncos need to add some depth at the safety position. Would Oregon safety Jevon Holland be the guy they go after?

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The Denver Broncos brought veteran Kareem Jackson back for 2021, but they’ll have a very large need at safety heading into the next season as it’ll be unlikely he returns. That leaves this upcoming 2021 NFL Draft as an important place for the team to look for Jackson’s replacement. There is one name that sticks out for me when it comes to potential Day 2 picks and that is Oregon safety Jevon Holland.

Jevon Holland — Safety — Oregon

Height: 6’0” Weight: 207 lbs.
Bench Reps: 19 | Arm Length: 31 1/4” | Hands: 9 1/8”
40 Yard Dash: 4.46 | Vertical: 35.5 | Broad Jump: 10’6”
Draft Projection: Round 3

Holland is built a bit like Jackson with a thinner frame, but is just a bit taller and bit heavier than Jackson. He would make a perfect replacement to back up Jackson in 2021 and maybe take over the starting role in 2022.

Scouting Report

The good
  • Great instincts and a ball hawk in college
  • Excellent in zone coverage
  • Read and recognition ability
  • Physical defender despite smaller size
  • Solid run defender
  • Good burst and acceleration when breaking on ball
  • Can play in the slot or outside / nickel defender
The bad
  • Thin frame could cause issue with form tackling
  • Can struggle if he gets behind in coverage
  • Limited sideline-to-sideline range

Game Film/Highlights

Why he fits

Holland is the perfect kind of under-the-radar type guy who could fall to the Broncos in the early third round. Many teams will pass on him because of his size, but as we’ve seen from guys like Kareem Jackson and Budda Baker the whole size thing doesn’t matter as much as people think if the player has NFL-level athleticism. Besides, Holland is taller and heavier coming out of college than both of those players.

The fact that one of his biggest strengths is being able to play zone and his read/react abilities as plays develop in front of him makes him a solid fit in the Vic Fangio system.

Why he doesn’t fit

One theme I found that might not make him a great fit is how he can get man handled by some of the better tight ends, which in the AFC West could put him at a significant disadvantage covering that position.

Final Thoughts

I like everything I saw from Holland, which means I definitely like the thought of the Broncos drafting him in the early third round. The third round is exactly where the mystery mocker in a recent Mike Klis article had the Broncos taking Holland too.

I think he would be the perfect guy to come in and play as a rookie behind both Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson, but would likely be ready to take on that starter role in his sophomore season.

What do you think Broncos Country?


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