The Detroit Lions Draft Jarrad Davis At Pick 21 In The 2017 NFL Draft
The Lions decided to beef up their linebacker corps by selecting Florida’s Jarrad Davis with their first pick in the draft. He contributed all four years in college, but really exploded as a junior when he got the chance to be a full-time starter.
In 2015, his junior year, he played in all 14 of Florida’s games and recorded 94 tackles, with 11 of those going for a loss. 2016 wasn’t quite as good for Davis. During his senior year, he played in nine games and logged 60 tackles with six tackles for loss. He missed time with an ankle injury in 2016.
Davis didn’t participate at the combine due to his ankle but he was able to redeem himself with a solid Pro Day. He has good speed and acceleration which allow him to make plays all over the field. Also, many people have praised Davis’ leadership which is a major plus.
Why Did The Lions Draft Jarrad Davis?
Heading into the draft linebacker was arguably the Lions’ biggest need. The Lions didn’t have much depth at linebacker last season and the linebackers that they did have had a hard time staying healthy. Also, the Lions decided to move on from former star DeAndre Levy.
They needed to add athleticism at the position and someone who could hold their own in coverage. With the selection of Davis, they look to have accomplished both of those things. He should be able to be a major contributor for the Lions immediately. Also adding a guy who could become a leader in the locker room is always a good move.
If you want to check him out for yourself you can watch some of his tape here.