Oregon’s Jevon Holland is one of the most highly-ranked safeties in the 2021 NFL draft. He could easily be a second-round pick, which may be exactly where the Las Vegas Raiders look to add a safety. The Raiders’ second-round pick is No. 48 overall.
If the Raiders do take Holland, it would make for a great story. He is from Oakland and his coach at Bishop O’Dowd High School was none other than Napoleon Kaufman. The Raiders took Kaufman with the No. 18 overall pick in the first round of the 1995 draft, which was held 26 years ago Thursday.
And now, 26 years later, one of the players Napoleon coached at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland -- @oregonfootball safety Jevon Holland -- is set to be a high pick in the #2021NFLDraft. Would be wild if Jevon ended up with the @Raiders ... https://t.co/fPTyr1pblw— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) April 22, 2021
So Holland would be a Raiders legacy pick. If Las Vegas’ brass think that Holland can play free safety in Gus Bradley’s defense, he could end up in the Silver and Black — just like his high school coach.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Good starting point: According to the Football Outsiders, the Raiders were ninth in the NFL in starting field position in 2020. That’s pretty solid.
- Another shot at a cornerback: The San Jose Mercury News looks at the Raiders’ problems drafting cornerbacks in recent years and whether they will draft another corner this year,
- Happy Birthday, Beast Mode: Former Raiders running back and Oakland legend Marshawn Lynch turned 35 Thursday. Will he make the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
- Remembering an American hero: Thursday was the 17th anniversary of the death of Pat Tillman, who left his career with the Arizona Cardinals to serve the country. What a life he led.