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Cowboys Doing Their Due Diligence on Oregon Safety Jevon Holland

Wait no more. The is only hours away, and due to their draft position, the have a great opportunity to add premium talent to their roster.

The expectation is that the Cowboys will leave the with either one of the top two prospects in this class, Alabama's , or South Carolina's . Pairing either with 2020 second-round pick would give the Cowboys a formidable young duo at cornerback for the foreseeable future.

However, there's still the task of fixing the position. The Cowboys have had conversations with Oregon's Jevon Holland during the draft process, and according to Sports Illustrated's , they're still doing their due diligence on him.

The former Duck recently interviewed with Bri Amaranthus of CowboysSI and mentioned how becoming a Cowboy would be right up his alley.

“I'd love to be a Cowboy, always wanted to walk around like Clint Walker,” Holland said.

Holland opted out of the as a result of the pandemic to prepare for the . Understandable, but before he was a spectator he was arguably the top choice at safety coming out of college.

He played in 13 games with two starts as a true freshman in 2018 and amassed 42 tackles, five interceptions, and six passes defended. A year later, he was excellent once again with 66 tackles (4.5 tackles for loss), four interceptions (returned one for a touchdown), and four passes defended.

Holland may be listed as a safety but he has a plethora of skills. At Oregon, he lined up at , box safety, and slot corner. He has a nice combination of size (6'1) and speed (ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash). His instincts are second to none and he diagnoses plays quickly. Holland played in high school which gives him excellent ball skills. He challenges receivers throughout their routes, is aggressive at the catch point, a willing defender against the run, and an aggressive tackler. Also, he provides value with his 14.4 yards per carry average returning punts for the Ducks.

Bringing Holland on board would give the Cowboys a playmaking safety to play opposite who showed that same ability in 2020 as he registered two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

The Cowboys added some pieces at safety in . They brought in safeties and who were teammates with the . The former will likely play more under and the latter currently has the leg up on starting duties at free safety. Also, they signed as a depth piece and special teams contributor.

Although that's quite a few new bodies at the safety position, they're all on one-year deals which means the Cowboys don't have any long-term commitment to any of them, so there's still room for more talent.

There's no guarantee Holland will be available at 44, but if he is and the Cowboys haven't addressed the safety position, they shouldn't hesitate to select him.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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