NFL Draft: Dolphins score safety, offensive tackle, tight end

NFL Draft: Dolphins score safety, offensive tackle, tight end

The Miami Dolphins continued to bolster their roster Friday night on the second day of the NFL Draft, selecting two players among the first 42 overall picks and adding another playmaker in the third round.

Miami made Oregon safety Jevon Holland and Notre Dame offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg its first of three picks on the evening.

Second Round

Holland was the fourth player of the evening to have his name called, going to Miami with the No. 36 overall pick.

The Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist opted out of the 2020 season, but he made the most of his two playing seasons with the Ducks.

Holland led the team in interceptions and was one of only four Football Bowl Subdivision players to record four or more picks in both 2018 and 2019.

Offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg participates in Notre Dame's Pro Day workout Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in South Bend, Ind.
Offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg participates in Notre Dame's Pro Day workout Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in South Bend, Ind.

The Dolphins, who entered the night holding the 50th pick, traded up with the New York Giants to snag Eichenberg at No. 42.

Miami gave up the second of its two second-round picks, plus a 2022 third-round pick, to select the 2020 Jacobs Blocking Award winner.

Eichenberg started 38 games at left tackle for the Fighting Irish over the past three seasons. His on-field performance in 2020 was enough to earn him All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors -- a rare feat for a Notre Dame player, considering the Irish only spent one season as a conference member.

Third Round

The Dolphins ended their evening by selecting Boston College tight end Hunter Long with the 81st pick in the third round.

Boston College tight end Hunter Long plays against Louisville during the first half of a game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Boston College tight end Hunter Long plays against Louisville during the first half of a game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Long had 89 receptions for 1,297 yards and nine touchdowns in his college career, including 685 yards and five scores last season.

The 6-foot-5 New Hampshire native led all tight ends nationally in receptions and ranked second in receiving yards during the 2020 season.

Long's 57 receptions were second-most in a single season in school history, behind Pete Mitchell's 66 catches in 1993.

The Dolphins had two picks in Thursday night's first round. Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle went to Miami with the sixth overall pick, while Miami Hurricanes defensive end Jaelan Phillips was the 18th pick.

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