Welcome to NFL Draft week. No sport has a longer layover between the end of action on the field and the draft. This year the wait felt even longer without the traditional NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The wait will end Thursday night when Roger Goodell takes the stage in Cleveland. Draft analysts are putting the finishing touches on their final mock drafts. If you prefer to watch the action on the NFL Network over ESPN, you’ll see Daniel Jeremiah’s prospect rankings before each pick is called. Halfway through the first round Jamin Davis will be one of the best players available, coming in ranked No. 23 overall.
Davis is a tall and lanky off-the-ball linebacker. He has excellent eyes to key, read, fill and finish. He uses his quickness to beat blockers to spots. He is much better working around blocks than taking them on, but he has outstanding lateral range, and his eyes give him a jump-start. He has stopping power as a tackler in the hole, and he really excels against the pass. He has shown the ability to carry TEs down the seam as well as mirror RBs on wheel routes (SEE: Vanderbilt game). He is instinctive as a zone dropper, picking off three passes in 2020, including an 85-yard pick-six versus Tennessee. I wish he was allowed to blitz more often, because he has the traits to excel in that department. Overall, Davis lacks some strength to bang versus blockers, but his speed and playmaking ability jump off the screen. He should be a Day 1, three-down impact player at the next level.
The former UK linebacker rose one spot, but the other Wildcat fell far down Jeremiah’s board. Cornerback Kelvin Joseph dropped 39 spots to No. 84 overall. He’s still expected to be a day two selection, most likely in the second round.
The three-day event begins when the Jacksonville Jaguars go on the clock Thursday at 8 pm ET.