No. 2: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
Ballard has shown that he is keen on drafting players that have contributed to winning programs over his tenure as GM, and Holland was a lynchpin in a very tough Oregon defense over the last few years. Holland helped the Ducks win the Pac-12, all the while showing off the traits pro scouts want to see.
While Holland has proven to be a solid tackler, what really stands out is his ability to drop back in zone coverage and show off his fantastic ball skills. Holland is built like the type of safety Eberflus would love to slot into the starting lineup.
How could Jevon Holland help the Colts?
If you were going to draw up a Cover 2 safety on a board, he would look something like Holland. While he was a bit up and down at Oregon this year, which allowed Moehrig to leapfrog him in the safety rankings, he could become a high-level starter right away.
Hooker was thought to have been the answer at safety, but he wasn’t on the field frequently enough to justify being brought back for a second contract. With Holland and Julian Blackmon on the squad, safety would be checked off as a positional need for the next decade.