MIAMI GARDENS — NFL teams have all the film they want to scout draft prospects. They can watch drills at the Combine. But what many general managers emphasize are those 18-minute meetings they’re allotted with players in Indianapolis.
Such a meeting helped seal the deal last year as the Dolphins opted to use a second-round draft pick on safety Jevon Holland, confident they weren’t getting just any 21-year-old, but a 21-year-old mature enough to make the leap to the NFL. We know what happened next: How Holland not only became an instant starter, but impressed everyone with how he carried himself.
Holland isn’t a rookie anymore. As the Dolphins began winding down their offseason program Tuesday, Holland was describing priorities he set for himself in 2022 when a phrase you never expected to hear, you heard.
The voice inside your head screamed you were heading down a nutty path, but you had to ask if anything in the way he conducted himself as a rookie required correcting.