2021 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Jevon Holland
Weight: 205 pounds
During his career in Eugene, the prospect occupied the vertical green of the field as a free safety. Yet, the staff moved him, around the field. From safety to the slot to the outside corner, Holland filled many roles. At the next level, Holland needs to tighten the in-between steps of the target in a close content. When a wideout gets to speed, Holland needs to anticipate.
Blessed with sticky hands and tining, the prospect exudes confidence in undercutting route, securing the ball or deflection. Timing weaves its way into the fabric of the approach. As a safety/ slot corner, Holland will use his body to shield, late arm to defend. Securing nine interceptions in two seasons helps make his case.
Holland’s explosion earned him the trust of the Oregon coaching staff. Occupying the deep middle alone, entrusted with the driving on the play requires burst. Holland looks to occasionally bait the inexperienced quarterback by play a step or two deeper. making the writer appear open.
As mentioned, the former Oregon defender excels in the slot. His backpedal looks rather crisp with no gather and chase. defending crossers requires the foot dexterity to knife under and stay with his assigned target. meanwhile, sifting through trash, Holland beats the blockers to the point, making the stop without damage.
Securing a solid tackle starts with the will. Holland flashes towards the ball. Without hesitation, he doesn’t hesitate, barrelling into the target. As a result, the prospect drops his pad level with the leverage to secure the tackle. To his credit, Holland doesn’t appear inclined to unleash a blowup tackle. Instead, the technique and sound technique fits.
Anticipating pre-snap, Holland scans the formation, watching for motion and tells. After the ball moves, you will see decisions made on the fly. Holland shows a feel for the plays, especially over the deep middle of the field. On the other hand, the run attracts similar attention.
Demonstrating versatility will always help a prospect improve draft stock. Also, they improve their lot on the roster. Holland gives his team punt return ability. Averaging 14.4 yards per return flips the field, putting the offense in prime position. The prospect’s special teams knack frees up another roster spot that could bolster the team in another area.
Jeff Heath, Erik Harris, Isaiah Johnson, Lamarcus Joyner. The Raiders employed these players at one safety spot during 2020 and prior years. As a result, teams feasted on the last line of defense. Achieving little to no success aside from picking Drew Lock, the safety position hurt the defense. Building a competent defense requires three levels of talent. Under those circumstances, drafting Holland naturally fits. With versatility, sticky hands, and range, the former Duck seemingly slides into a starting role. If the Raiders sign a free agent, Holland could see reps as a slot corner, subpackage defender.