49ers Sleeper No. 2: Safety Jevon Holland, Oregon
The Niners would be wise to invest some draft capital for their secondary this offseason. And while cornerback appears to be the most pressing need, John Lynch shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to find a long-term solution at safety.
Particularly with strong safety Jaquiski Tartt returning on solely a one-year deal.
Tartt also has an injury history, too, which ups the need a bit. While Tartt’s backups — Tarvarius Moore, Marcell Harris and Tavon Wilson — appear to give the position good depth, none are under contract beyond this season.
Oregon defensive back Jevon Holland is one of a number of Canadian-born prospects coming out in this year’s NFL Draft, and the former Duck could be the first of his nationality selected on draft day. At 6-foot-1 and 201 pounds, Holland has ideal size to line up at a number of different positions within the secondary, and the 49ers could stand to add some versatility for this portion of the defense.
Yet it might be best to put him a bit closer to the line of scrimmage, especially early in his development, as Holland doesn’t exactly have elite-level speed to stay towards the very top of the defense. While fluid in movement, he’s not going to catch too many fast receivers once he loses a step.
Plus, Holland sitting out 2020 because of the pandemic might mean he’d need a full season to mature as a backup before potentially assuming a starter’s role in 2022.
Still, the upside trajectory is looking awfully good, and he’d be a wise target in Round 2.