Over the course of previewing prospects that could fit with the Las Vegas Raiders in the 2021 NFL Draft, we’ve gone over a number of defenders.
There are draft risers who appear every year to shake up the order, of course, and one new name has been mentioned as a potential Raiders selection.
That would be Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis.
Entering 2020 as a starter for the first time, the junior made his mark immediately as a thumper against the running game.
Davis was third in the SEC with 102 total tackles, including four for a losses and three interceptions.
He was rated by Pro Football Focus as the 23rd-best linebacker in college football last season, fueled by his 87.5 run defense grade.
Davis is able to get to ball carriers so well because of how he’s able to work his way through blocks.
He’s also noted for his short-area quickness, something that allows him to shoot gaps effectively.
Davis rarely misses tackles, and at 6-4 and 234 pounds, has the type of build that evaluators are looking for in modern-day linebackers.
Despite that, he doesn’t yet possess all of the qualities that those same evaluators are looking for.
Despite his three interceptions, he’s not considered to be a plus in pass coverage.
Davis' reaction time in Kentucky’s spot-drop-heavy scheme was thought to be poor, and he rarely was asked to be in man-to-man coverage.
Being that he only started for one season, there’s a lack of experience to consider.
Davis' talent is still for real, enough that he’s risen to the first round in recent mock drafts.
The Raiders, while having multiple established starters at linebacker, could still decide they need a boost by taking Davis.
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