3. Jevon Holland, FS, Oregon
Surprised to see a safety this high on the list considering he’s the only safety in my top ten? The reason for that is because I believe that Holland is special. I will preface my evaluation by saying that I am, in fact, an Oregon Ducks fan but I don’t believe I allowed my bias to taint my evaluation.
Holland is the top safety on my board because I value playmakers. Holland opted out in 2020 but had nine interceptions the two previous seasons. The Dolphins are in need of a free safety to replace the small, somewhat fragile, and expensive Bobby McCain. Holland thrived as the leader in the Ducks secondary and was always around the ball.
2. Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
This will probably be the Dolphins pick at 36, if he lasts that long. With both Najee Harris and Travis Etienne off the board, Williams is the last upper-echelon running back left in the draft. He’s big and runs with power but also has some shiftiness. Williams can also stay on the field for third down as he’s a good receiving back and can also hold up in pass protection.
1. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (JOK), LB, Notre Dame
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If you had told me on Thursday afternoon that JOK would still be around after round one I wouldn’t have believed you. The linebacker out of Notre Dame can sniff out the run, drop back in pass coverage in zone coverage and can even cover backs and tight ends in man coverage. Even with running back appearing to be the bigger priority, if JOK is there when the Dolphins pick at 36 the Dolphins should (electronically) run the card to the commissioner’s podium.