The NFL Draft is just three weeks away and moves are being made. Mock drafts are at a fever pitch and fans will be able to attend the big-time event in Cleveland. This is always a very exciting time on the football calendar and the University of Kentucky football program will be well represented in 2021.
This week in the draft world, both Jamin Davis and Kelvin Joseph found themselves mocked into the first-round while Brandin Echols and Landon Young both made some major moves at last week’s Kentucky Pro Day.
Let’s get caught up to speed.
Daniel Jeremiah is constantly competing with ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. for the crown in the NFL Draft media and the NFL.com analyst unleashed his newest mock today. This time, Jeremiah had two Wildcats going off the board on Thursday night.
At No. 26, Davis is the third off-ball linebacker to be selected by the Cleveland Browns following Penn State’s Micah Parsons and Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. The AFC North contenders have a glaring hole at inside linebacker and the Kentucky product should step right in and be a starter on day one.
At No. 31, Kelvin Joseph comes off the board to the Kansas City Chiefs in a bit of a surprise. Andy Reid and that franchise usually get creative with first-round picks and tend to value “elite traits” according to Jeremiah. With plenty of speed and ball skills, Joseph could be the sixth cornerback off the board in a heavy defensive back first-round.
Pro Day Success
Davis and Joseph got most of the attention at the Kentucky Pro Day, but two seniors participating made some noise. Both Brandin Echols and Landon Young needed some solid performances and both delivered last week.
Echols posted some elite numbers in the sprint and shuttle drills to go along with a ridiculous 42.5 inch vertical and 11’4″ broad jump. Each was an absurd number to put up as the former junior college prospect proved to have top-flight athleticism that will negate the 5-foot-10 and 179-pound frame. These numbers combined with SEC starter production for two years should be enough for the corner to hear his name called in a couple of weeks.
Young checked in at 310 pounds and posted some quality testing numbers. On the bench, the left tackle showed some major power and proved that the prospect could be a great fit in a power run scheme.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) March 31, 2021
The traits and accomplishments are beginning to stack up for Young. This was a big-time recruit that was a proven leader of a winning football team. The multi-year starter came back from an ACL injury and has consistently shown a devotion to the game of football. This is the type of prospect franchises take a chance on. The Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette alum should be selected at some point on day three of the draft.
No one helped themselves more than Echols and Young last week.