The Jacksonville Jaguars should keep a close eye on this one.
That’s right, other than Penei Sewell, there won’t be many Oregon offensive players in 2021’s draft. For a moment, it seemed like running back CJ Verdell was going to declare and if he had, he would have been a solid pick in the third or fourth round. However, he decided to return for his senior year. Senior tight end Hunter Kampmoyer also entered the draft but he’s not in many team’s radars and could go undrafted.
That leaves safety Jevon Holland as the top-rated Duck in this year’s draft. Trevor Moehrig is arguably the best safety prospect in 2021 but Holland is no slouch. In a two-year span, he registered 108 total tackles, ten pass deflection, and nine touchdowns. Although Holland doesn’t have elite athleticism, he’s a well-rounded prospect that can line up in the slot and at safety.
Cornerback probably ranks higher in the Jaguars’ offseason list, but Holland would give defensive coordinator Joe Cullen the chance to be creative and come up with packages that would accentuate the safety’s flexibility.
Safety Daniel Thomas showed flashes of talent in his rookie season and could end up becoming a solid starter down the road. Nevertheless, the Jaguars should still add a safety in the draft and Holland should be available in the second round.