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Jevon Holland, former Oregon Ducks safety, invited to 2021 NFL Combine

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Another Duck is headed to the 2021 NFL Draft Combine. 

Jevon Holland, one of the premier safeties in the 2021 NFL Draft, has received an invitation to the combine joining Thomas Graham Jr., Deommodore Lenoir, Austin Faoliu, and Brady Breeze.

Penei Sewell, Nick Pickett and Jordon Scott are also expected to receive invitations as well. 

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However, this year's combine will look a lot different than previous events due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On January 18, the NFL announced that there will be no in-person workouts but rather individual workouts will happen during pro days on the players’ respected college campuses. 

In addition to the workout and drill portion of the Combine, the interviews and the psychological testing portion will also be conducted virtually. 

The two-year starting safety for the Oregon Ducks announced on Saturday, September 26 that he was opting out of the Pac-12 season and officially declaring for the draft. 

His two short years in Oregon’s secondary were definitely impactful. He was one of three returning FBS players with four or more interceptions in each of the last two years, prior to opting out. Holland joined elite company becoming the first Oregon player to lead the team in INTs two consecutive years since Jairus Byrd (2006 & 2007).

 

Walter Football ranks him as the third best safety in the upcomingh draft with a projection of being selected in the first or second round. 

"Holland is a real weapon in pass coverage," wrote the site. "What will get NFL evaluators really excited is his ability to run with receivers in coverage. Holland shows the ability to pick them up downfield and blanket them in the deep part of the field. Holland is fast and has the speed to run with wideouts vertically. In zone coverage, Holland displays good instincts and quality route-recognition. Holland has good vision to read the eyes of the quarterback and sees receivers well to pick them up coming into his area."

Here is why he’s a top safety in the upcoming draft:

FRESHMAN (2018)

Holland’s college football debut was one for the history books at Oregon: 32 solo tackles, five interceptions and 11 pass deflections in 13 games (including two starts). Those five interceptions were good for second in the Pac-12 and 10th nationally. 

SOPHOMORE (2019)

After an impressive freshman year, the national attention started for Holland and continued in 2019: 40 solo tackles, four interceptions and eight pass deflections. He was one of three returning FBS players with four or more INTs each of the last two years.