Canadian defensive back Jevon Holland has been selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round, 36th overall during the 2021 NFL Draft.
Holland sat out the 2020 NCAA season to focus on training for professional football amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The son of former CFL all-star defensive back Robert Holland was born in Coquitlam, B.C. during his father’s stint with the Lions. He’s developed into a better version of his dad.
Holland solidified himself as one of the best defensive backs available at his University of Oregon pro day. In front of many NFL scouts, Holland checked in at six-foot-and-a-half, 207 pounds with a 76-and-five-eights wingspan. He ran a 4.46 forty-yard time, 4.14 shuttle, recorded a 35.5-inch vertical, 10-foot, six-inch broad jump, while repping 225 pounds 19 times on the bench press.
31 NFL teams sent representatives to Eugene, Oregon, including Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst, Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman, along with Cincinnati Bengals top talent man Duke Tobin and head coach Zac Taylor. Holland received an invitation to this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, but due to the coronavirus there was no in-person event.
“As a nickel, as a safety, can do a lot of things. I think he’s one of the three or four best safeties in this draft class,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said.
A consensus four-star recruit out of Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California, Holland made an immediate impact as a true freshman for the Ducks by making 44 tackles, defending 11 passes, and finishing second in the Pac-12 Conference with five interceptions.
In 2019, Holland was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as NCAA football’s top defensive back. He was an All-Pac-12 second-team defender after recording 66 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, eight passes defended, and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. The playmaking cover man helped Oregon win the 2020 Rose Bowl 28-27 over Wisconsin.
Jevon’s brother, Jamir Holland, went unselected in the 2019 CFL Draft. Holland has the ability to cover and provide dynamic, big-play production with the Dolphins.