NFL Draft: Dolphins pick Oregon’s Holland, Notre Dame’s Eichenberg, BC’s Long

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks to the crowd at the start of the NFL Draft in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

After making two picks on the first night of the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins had more opportunities to add to positions of need on Friday during Rounds 2 and 3.

No. 36 pick

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Oregon safety Jevon Holland (8) breaks up a pass for Utah wide receiver Jaylen Dixon (25) during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The Miami Dolphins knew what they wanted on day two of the NFL draft, and they got it.

First, the Fins took versatile safety Jevon Holland from Oregon with the 36th pick in the draft. Holland offers exactly the type of flexibility that Brian Flores craves in his defense, as he can easily move up and play man-to-man on wide receivers when called upon.

No. 42 pick

As Holland was meeting with the media, the Fins made the bold move to trade up to the 42nd pick in the draft and select Notre Dame Offensive Lineman Liam Eichenberg.

He could immediately step in and boost the quality of the Fins line alongside young players like Austin Jackson, Solomon Kindley, and Robert Hunt.

No. 81 pick

Cornerback Byron Jones announced the Dolphins drafted Hunter Long, a tight end from Boston College, during Round 3.

The Dolphins added to their tight end group by taking Long with the 81st pick in the draft. Long is 6-5, 253 pounds and, according to, led all tight ends in 2020 with 89 targets and 57 catches.

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