As the dust settles on the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s becoming more and more clear how ideal Jamin Davis’ situation with the Washington Football Club is. Washington selected the former Kentucky inside linebacker with the No. 19 pick in the first round, and even though its defense is already impressive, analysts still see plenty of opportunity for Davis to slide right in. This morning, ESPN’s Matt Bowen tabbed Davis as one of his ten “rookies who landed in ideal spots,” predicting he’ll have an impact early on in Washington.
Davis is an ascending talent, a 6-foot-4, 234-pound linebacker with three-down ability who should see some free access to the ball behind one of the NFL’s best defensive fronts in Washington. That will allow him play sideline to sideline, cutting off the ball on edge schemes, while Washington can use his second-level range and coverage skills in sub-package personnel.
Davis, who logged 102 total tackles and three interceptions last season, has the length and short-area speed to muddy throwing windows in the middle of the field. And I expect Washington — a defense that had a 31.2% blitz rate in 2020 — to deploy him as a rusher in pressure schemes.
Late last week, Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio raved about Davis in a conversation with WashingtonFootball.com’s Julie Donaldson.
“He’s a tremendous football player,” Del Rio said. “He’s got all the length and speed and athleticism that you want in a player and he’s a great young man so we’re really happy. We think he’s a good fit here.”
“We feel like the sky’s the limit for him. He’s got the ability to play all three linebacker spots. He actually played in the middle in college. We’ll put him on the outside…We’re going to play the best combination of people but we’re really happy about adding a young man of his talents to our defense.”
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