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Can Jevon Holland be Washington’s long-term answer to fill the void at free safety?

Sean Meagher / Oregonlive.com

Jevon Holland

School: University of Oregon | Conference: PAC-12

College Experience: Junior | Age: 21

Height / Weight: 6’1” 200 lbs

Projected Draft Status: 2nd-early 3rd round

Player Comparison: Anthony Harris

College Statistics

Player Overview

Jevon Holland is one of the top safeties of this draft class. Holland became a starter as a true freshman and has moved around the secondary since alternating between both safety spots and lining up as a slot corner. Although he didn’t play against high-level competition, like Ohio State last season due to COVID-19, he’s a good athlete who can run with receivers He is also a decent(and willing) tackler against the run. Holland still projects to be a versatile secondary player lining up wherever needed, although he projects to be a free safety at the next level. Holland made PFF All-Pac-12 first team and AP All-Pac-12 All-Conference second team.

Strengths

  • Position versatility (FS, SS, slot CB)
  • Willing run defender
  • Can also line up as a punt returner (he averaged around 15yds per return).
  • Strong communicator
  • Loose hips, good body control in coverage
  • Great ball skills (10 pass deflections and 9 interceptions)

Weaknesses

  • Needs to bulk up at the next level
  • Does not possess great length or size
  • Can be caught flat-footed
  • Loses receiver as the route progresses downfield

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How He Fits on the Team

While Washington found a gem in Kamren Curl at strong safety, free safety has been a revolving door. Ron Rivera, Jack Del Rio, and company have experimented with Troy Apke, Jeremy Reaves, and others hoping to find a solid solution. Holland projects to be the ball hawk safety Washington needs. Holland has shown good skills and intangibles defending the pass and run. The strength of the defense lies in the defensive front, Washington can use a Day 2 selection to fortify the secondary with a versatile defender.