Jamin Davis is ready to make an impact for the Washington Football Team while Kelvin Joseph is walking into a great situation in Dallas, but those two weren’t the only former Kentucky football players to hear their names called this weekend.
On Saturday, four Wildcats came off of the board and each will have a chance to make an impact with their new teams as a rookie.
Now let’s dive into the weeds and find out what the new batch of pros from Kentucky will be heading into as they begin the next part of their football journey.
Quinton Bohanna: In the sixth round with the 192nd overall pick, the Dallas Cowboys decided to pluck another Kentucky defensive player. There is a total rebuild going on in Dallas with former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn running the defense.
However, this could be an odd fit.
Quinn has used a 4-3 scheme in the past whereas Bohanna looks like a prototypical two-gapping nose of a 3-4 defense. There are questions to be answered. Will Dallas let Bohanna play nose? Can the big defensive tackle succeed as a 1-technique in an even front defense?
This offseason, the Cowboys signed just one defensive tackle in free agency while spending a top-75 pick of UCLA’s Osa Odighizuwa in the third round. However, the nose tackle in college seems to have a future as a 3-technique.
There are questions regarding the scheme fit, but the Cowboys need bodies and Bohanna will have a chance to carve out a role in the defense’s short-yardage packages.
Brandin Echols: The former junior college transfer turned in a major performance at Kentucky’s Pro Day, and that led to this moment. Echols went off the board in the sixth round when the New York Jets called his name at No. 200 overall.
RD 6 | PICK 200 – Jets: Brandin Echols CB, Kentucky
The former junior college transfer showed off his track-speed at his pro day, running the 40 in 4.35 seconds. Coupled with a 42.5-inch vertical, 11-4 broad & 3.84-second three-cone, Echols earned a max 99 athleticism score. pic.twitter.com/mPLrlwbZHJ
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) May 1, 2021
After playing outside at Kentucky, Echols will make the transition to nickel corner for the Jets. The roster does not have a starter at the position right now, and Echols will likely compete with fifth-round selection Michael Carter II for the spot.
Echols has to prove he can play inside at slot cornerback, but the athleticism and tackling ability he flashed at Kentucky will give him a chance. This was a great place for Echols to land.
Landon Young: The former high-profile recruit became a two-year starter at Kentucky and will head to the NFC South to play for a New Orleans Saints franchise that is moving on from the Drew Brees era.
Young will likely be used at both guard and tackle at the next level. The left tackle was the only offensive linemen added to the New Orleans roster this offseason. For Young, he will have to prove he has positional versatility.
Right now, the Saints need a backup for All-Pro Ryan Ramczyk at right tackle, so he could start there. Long-term, Young projects to be a rotational piece that can help out at both guard and tackle spots.
Young may start the year on the practice squad, but if he can develop quickly there should be a rotational spot for him to claim along the New Orleans offensive line.
Phil Hoskins: The biggest surprise of Saturday happened when the Carolina Panthers selected Hoskins at No. 232 in the final round of the draft.
Hoskins is fresh off a solid senior season that saw him be very productive at defensive tackle. The interior defensive lineman had some high-level measurables and has a chance to develop into an effective interior pass rusher.
The Panthers selected Dayvion Nixon out of Iowa in the fifth round, but he is more a run stuffer that can be a two-gap defensive tackle. Hoskins is a developmental pick that Carolina is hoping they can turn into something.
Hoskins will need to perform at training camp, but long term he could have a chance. The traits are there to turn into something.