Pick 19: Kentucky LB Jamin Davis
- Tackles: 70 solo, 36 ast, 106 TOT
- Sacks: 1.5
- Interceptions: 1
- FF/FR: 0 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery
With the 19th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, The Washington Football Team selected linebacker, Jamin Davis out of the University of Kentucky. Some were surprised by this pick, as fellow rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was still on the board. JOK got a lot of predraft hype and fell to Washington in many mock drafts. However, the team opted for Davis and here’s why.
Davis is the rangy linebacker that can play both the run and pass, which is vital to a defense’s success in today’s NFL. Pro Football Focus took it another step forward and rated Davis as the most athletic linebacker in this draft. The former Wildcat backed that up with his blazing 4.47 40 yard dash time from his pro day.
Davis has found himself in the perfect situation with Washington Football Team. He will be playing behind one of the scariest defensive lines in the league and in front of a fast-improving secondary. Not to mention, he is being coached by two former linebackers in Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio.
The great thing about Davis is his versatility, which has become a focal point of Rivera’s franchise rebuild. Whatever the coaching staff feels is the best spot for Davis, he will have the ability to play with a lot of help around him — potentially giving the team its first long-term option at linebacker since London Fletcher.