The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jamin Davis 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Jamin Davis Background
Size: 6-foot-4, 235 pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2020 stats: 102 total tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 passes defended
Davis had an incredible 2020 season for the Wildcats that really put him on the NFL Draft radar. After impressing during the season, he declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
He was a top 50 outside linebacker prospect in his recruitment class and decided to leave his home state of Georgia to play for Kentucky. Davis redshirted his first year on campus. As a redshirt freshman, Davis saw the field sparingly and registered 10 total tackles. His role increased as a redshirt sophomore, as he finished the season with 32 total tackles and an interception. In 2020, Davis was a starter who rose to stardom. He totaled 102 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions and two passes defended for the Wildcats. Kentucky was able to win five games including the Gator Bowl against NC State.
His breakout season has seen Davis shoot up draft boards. Now he is a projected first or second round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Davis has tremendous size for an NFL linebacker. He stands at 6-foot-4 and 234 pounds, which makes him tall and well-built. His size manifests itself in solid play strength. To go along with his height and weight, Davis also has long arms, which gives him a wide tackle radius and allows him to contest more catches.
For his size, Davis is a tremendous athlete. He has good body control and quickness, which allows him to cover a lot of area, whether he is dropping in coverage or chasing after ball carriers. His speed for his size is also good, which allows him to have good range. He has both the size and athleticism to make a lot of plays at the next level.
He is a good tackler and finishes plays off well. Davis can track ball carriers down with his speed. Once he is near the play, Davis uses his length to wrap up the ball carrier. His strength allows him to bring them to the ground. There won’t be many missed tackles by Davis because of his fundamentals and length.
Davis is still learning the position, as he had limited experience as a starter. He impressed with how well he played, but he can still learn the position better and hopefully diagnose plays quicker with more experience. He may not be ready to take the field right away because of this.
He has the size and athleticism to be able to cover well, but he doesn’t have many coverage reps. Davis did improve during the season in this area, as he made several key plays in coverage in Kentucky’s bowl game against NC State. If he can continue to improve, he should be able to play better zone coverage and be relied upon to guard tight ends in man to man.
There are times when his pursuit and shedding could be better. He can take bad angles to the football against the run, which allows bigger gains for opposing offenses. Davis also gets caught up on blocks too often and needs to work on using his hands better to shed.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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