Is Jamin Davis a lottery pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft? It’s now a possibility, per ESPN’s Mel Kiper.
After seeing his stock rise from mid-round contention all the way up to consensus first-round territory, Kiper has now moved the former Wildcat linebacker up to No. 14 overall in his latest Big Board update.
With the jump, Davis is now considered the No. 2 linebacker in the draft, behind only Micah Parsons of Penn State at No. 11 overall.
14. Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
HT: 6-3 | WT: 234 | Previously: NR
I put Davis in my Mock Draft 3.0 because he has been a hot name over the past few weeks. He’s rising and could even be the top off-ball linebacker to be picked. Davis has a big frame, and he’s a tough player who tackles. He had 89 last season, along with two picks, one sack and a forced fumble. He has some versatility and could play inside or outside. I really like his 2020 tape.
Beyond Davis’ rise as a surefire first-round selection, Kiper also included three other Wildcats in his top position rankings, with Drake Jackson, Kelvin Joseph and Max Duffy all sitting inside the top ten of their respective positions.
Jackson came in at No. 8 overall among top centers, good for No. 3 in the SEC behind only Landon Dickerson (Alabama) and Trey Hill (Georgia).
1. Landon Dickerson, Alabama
2. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
3. Josh Myers, Ohio State
4. Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
5. Michal Menet, Penn State
6. Drew Dalman, Stanford
7. Trey Hill, Georgia
8. Drake Jackson, Kentucky
9. Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt
10. Ryan McCollum, Texas A&M
Joseph is the No. 7 overall cornerback, good for No. 4 in the SEC behind only Patrick Surtain II (Alabama), Jaycee Horn (South Carolina) and Tyson Campbell (Georgia).
1. Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
2. Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
3. Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
4. Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
5. Tyson Campbell, Georgia
5. Elijah Molden, Washington
7. Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
8. Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
9. Shaun Wade, Ohio State
10. Tay Gowan, UCF
11. Aaron Robinson, UCF
Duffy rounds out the former Wildcats, coming in as the No. 7 overall kicker/punter in the class, good for second in the SEC behind only Florida kicker Evan McPherson.
Kickers and Punters
1. Jose Borregales, K, Miami (FL)
2. Evan McPherson, K, Florida
3. Pressley Harvin III, P, Georgia Tech
4. Alex Kessman, K, Pitt
5. James Smith, P, Cincinnati
6. Drue Chrisman, P, Ohio State
7. Max Duffy, P, Kentucky
8. Blake Haubeil, K, Ohio State
9. Nolan Cooney, P, Syracuse
10. Riley Patterson, K, Memphis
10A. Zach Von Rosenberg, P, LSU
The NFL Draft is scheduled for Thursday, April 29 through Saturday, May 1.