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Jamin Davis drafted by the Washington Football Team in the first round with the No. 19 overall pick

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Jamin Davis’ NFL dreams have become a reality. The former Kentucky linebacker was selected by the Washington Football Team in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft with the No. 19 overall pick. Davis is Mark Stoops’ third first-round draft pick from UK, following Bud Dupree (2015, No. 22 overall) and Josh Allen (2019, No. 7).

Described by UK’s coaches as a slow-cooker, nobody expected Davis to be a top draft pick this time one year ago.

A three-star recruit from the small town of Ludowici, Ga., the 247 Sports Composite ranked Davis as the No. 92 player from the state of Georgia in the 2017 recruiting class. Davis enrolled early and made an immediate impact, starring in the spring game with starters sidelined by injury, totaling a team-high eight tackles. After that game, we didn’t hear much from No. 44 until the final month of the 2019 season.

Davis finished his redshirt sophomore campaign with at least six tackles in each of his final four games, creating momentum for a breakout 2020 season. When Chris Oats was tragically sidelined by a medical emergency over the summer, Davis answered the bell.

Despite missing one game due to a COVID-19 absence, Davis still finished third in the SEC in tackles (102). It all started with a breakthrough performance against Mississippi State. Wearing his teammate’s No. 22 jersey, he recorded 11 tackles and picked off a pass in the end zone to help shut out Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. The following week he had an 85-yard pick six vs. Tennessee, the highlight of UK’s 2020 season. He ended his career on a high note by picking off a pass and making 13 tackles in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

Many were surprised when Davis announced his intentions to enter the NFL Draft with one year of eligibility remaining. Once scouts got ahold of his tape and saw his gaudy pro day numbers, he ascended draft boards in unprecedented fashion. Now, Davis’ NFL dreams have come true, but he’s not done yet.

“Honestly, my main focus right now is trying to get in, make a few plays and work towards my second (check),” Davis told KSR. That mentality is why Davis will be in the league for years to come.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Jamin Davis drafted by the Washington Football Team in the first round with the No. 19 overall pick

  1. JoeBee
    10:40 pm April 29, 2021 Permalink

    Great news!

  2. Teamhhc1
    10:41 pm April 29, 2021 Permalink

    Congratulations young man!!!

  3. Natureboy42
    10:41 pm April 29, 2021 Permalink

    Great job young man.

  4. wildcats52096
    10:43 pm April 29, 2021 Permalink

    He is officially the first Football player ever drafted

  5. Cousins Fake Tooth 2
    11:06 pm April 29, 2021 Permalink

    The Redskins got a good one!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      12:00 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      You mean the Washington Aughts! They might as well go with that.

  6. ClutchCargo
    12:32 am April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Looking forward to seeing what he can do at the next level. Congrats, Jamin!

  7. BlueTilltheDayIDie
    6:53 am April 30, 2021 Permalink

    As a Washington fan I’m more than excited to have him patrolling the middle of the defense and causing havoc the next decade

  8. LexWildcatFan15
    7:13 am April 30, 2021 Permalink

    I’m a Washington Football Team and UK fan, so I’m finally happy to have a Kentucky player on the NFL roster!