Rising Kentucky draft hopeful Jamin Davis compared to recent NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
Don’t be shocked if Jamin Davis is one of the first defensive players to come off the board by the time the 2021 NFL Draft rolls around.
While he may not be a household name nationally just yet, Davis is being viewed as one of the rising prospects as more and more NFL evaluators get to know the junior linebacker from Kentucky.
Davis declared early for the 2021 NFL Draft after leading Kentucky with 102 tackles, in addition to racking up 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick on his way to being named an All-SEC selection by Pro Football Focus and Phil Steele — Steele also named Davis an honorable mention All-American.
After registering a 4.37 40-yard dash, a 42-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot broad jump during Kentucky’s Pro Day event, Davis’ stock has never been higher.
So much so that NFL Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has compared Davis to the 2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Darius Leonard.
“He looks so much like Darius Leonard when you study him… Legitimate Rookie of the Year-type ability,” Jeremiah recently said of Davis.
That’s high praise for a player with one year of starting experience at Kentucky but the best appears to be yet to come for the latest Wildcat defender poised to take his game to the next level.