As the hours tick down to the 2021 NFL Draft, pundits are scrambling to release their final projections and rankings. This morning, Mel Kiper Jr. put out his final Big Board of the Top 150 prospects, and two Kentucky Wildcats made the cut. Inside linebacker Jamin Davis is No. 19 and cornerback Kelvin Joseph is No. 67. Here’s what Kiper said about Davis, now considered a first-round lock.
Davis is really only a one-year starter — he started a single game in 2019 — but he was a force as an off-ball linebacker for the Wildcats last season. He’s physical and tough, and he has some coverage skills.
Stat to know: Davis’ tackling percentage (95%) last season was the highest of any SEC player with at least 50 tackles.
While Kiper’s overall rankings only go 150 deep, he went 500 deep by position. Plenty more Wildcats made those lists:
- Jamin Davis: No. 2 ILB
- Kelvin Joseph: No. 8 CB
- AJ Rose: No. 38 RB
- Landon Young: No. 27 OT
- Drake Jackson: No. 7 C
- Quinton Bohanna: No. 14 DT
- Phil Hoskins: No. 35 DT
- Boogie Watson: No. 29 OLB
- Brandin Echols: No. 31 CB
- Max Duffy: No. 7 K/P
The Max Duffy disrespect continues to astound and infuriate me. Check out the entire list at the link below (if you’ve got an ESPN Insider account).