Getting To Know Our Rookies: S Jevon Holland

2021 NFL draft: Jevon Holland would be solid selection by Chargers
No. 22 – Miami Dolphins
Position: Free safety
Personal information
Born: March 3, 2000 (age 21)
CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, California)
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2021 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Miami Dolphins (2021–present)
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick

NFL Draft Profile:

Player Bio

Despite starting just two of 13 contests as a true freshman, Holland tied for 10th in the FBS with five interceptions. He also recorded 44 tackles and six pass breakups for the Ducks. He continued to play well as a sophomore, garnering honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors by posting 66 tackles, four interceptions (one returned for a score) and four pass breakups on the year. Holland opted out of the 2020 season. The four-star recruit and 2017 San Francisco Chronicle East Bay Player of the Year (five interceptions, 1,012 receiving yards, five punt return touchdowns) was coached by former NFL back Napoleon Kaufman at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Holland’s father, Robert, played football at Sacramento State and then had a long career in the Canadian Football League. — by Chad Reuter



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. He’s willing and able in run support near the line of scrimmage, giving him value as a big nickel, but he lacks recovery burst and will struggle if he’s matched one-on-one with speed from the slot. He has the football IQ and ball skills to handle split-safety duties but needs to continue fine-tuning his tackling technique. His added value as a punt returner should push him up the board a few spots.


  • Looks, feels and moves like a pro player.
  • Versatility to move around in the secondary.
  • Proper eye balance between quarterback and route traffic from zone.
  • Adequate route-break anticipation from off-man.
  • Looks to smother and find entry point to play the throw at the top of the route.
  • Timing to open and sprint into phase with receiver.
  • High school receiver with excellent ball skills and competes hard for the football.
  • Tools for continued ball production on the next level.
  • Consistent punch and separates from perimeter blocks.
  • Flies into developing run lanes to greet runners near the line.
  • Makes centered, aggressive strikes as downhill tackler.
  • Flashed impressive punt return talent.


  • Scouts have some concerns about long speed.
  • Loses coverage effectiveness as route progresses downfield.
  • Had trouble catching up once he got behind in man coverage.
  • Gets caught flat-footed at times.
  • A little labored transitioning from his pedal.
  • Average range as sideline-to-sideline tackler.
  • Needs to be quicker coming to balance and getting tackle-ready.
  • In 2019, pushed around at point of attack by Washington tight end Cade Otton.

TDS Take:

I absolutely loved this pick!

Yes there is some bias because we share the same last name, but all along I noted Safety as a need for Miami and wanted Miami to draft one this offseason, and he was the top rated Safety on my list.

See: Miami Dolphins 2021 Position Upgrade: Safety (TDS)

33Jevon HollandOregonJrS16-1201
35Hamsah NasirildeenFlorida St.SrS26-4220
39Trevon MoehrigTCUJrS36-2202
59Paris FordPittsburghJrS46-0190
75Ar’Darius WashingtonTCUSophS55-8178

The Dolphins have a young ball hawking young man that has a nose for the ball and had his share of INT’s in college and given time I am hoping he erases the memory of another young man the Dolphins drafted that did not want to follow directions because he was more about self than team.

Holland seems more of the kind of player Brian Flores likes on the team a young man willing to do what’s asked of him and that will eventually make him a great addition to the team and a potential pro bowl player as we know the history of Brian Flores and Safety development.

Welcome to Miami Jevon Holland!!!!!

See Also Are The Dolphins Safe at Safety?


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