Soon, we will know where Jamin Davis will play professional football. The inside linebacker from Ludowici, Georgia is the most likely of Kentucky’s draft prospects to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL Draft tonight, joining a growing club of Wildcats in the pros. Here’s where he stands in the final mock drafts ahead of tonight’s big event.
Mel Kiper, ESPN: No. 26 Cleveland
The Browns are another team that could look for a Round 1 slot receiver, but they need front-seven help, too. Davis could be a Day 1 starter at inside linebacker. Zaven Collins and edge rusher Gregory Rousseau are also possibilities with this pick.
Todd McShay, ESPN: No. 29 Green Bay
We’ve come to expect the Packers to defer to later in the draft for offensive playmakers, so I’ll project Davis here as a replacement for linebacker Christian Kirksey, who was released in February. Davis is one of my favorite players in the class and can impact many parts of the defense.
Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: No. 28 New Orleans
New Orleans adds to its defense with the big, athletic three-down linebacker from Kentucky.
Dane Brugler, The Athletic: No. 28 New Orleans
With three picks on day two, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Saints trade up for a cornerback. There are several directions they could go if they stay at No. 28, including Davis.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: No. 26 Cleveland
The Browns need more speed and athleticism at linebacker. Davis provides both.
Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today: No. 26 Cleveland
A breakout junior season rocketed Davis squarely into the first-round conversation. Cleveland’s crew of linebackers is underwhelming, and the 6-3, 234-pound defender’s coverage prowess would be a real asset to the unit.
Walter Football: No. 30 Buffalo
The Bills just gave Matt Milano lots of money, so it’s doubtful they’ll do the same with Tremaine Edmunds, especially in the wake of his poor 2020 campaign. The Bills’ linebacking corps was dreadful last year, save for Milano, so it could be addressed with this pick.
Jamin Davis, a tackling machine in 2020, has good speed to cover lots of ground.
Of the mock drafts I looked at — and boy, are there a lot out there — only two don’t have Davis going in the first round: Cris Collinsworth’s for Pro Football Focus and Conor Orr’s for Sports Illustrated. We’ll know for sure soon enough.