Former UK linebacker Jamin Davis is a popular man in Washington as the Football Team gets ready for his rookie debut on Ron Riviera’s defense this coming fall. Riviera recently called Davis a high-impact player at linebacker and exactly what he was looking for in the draft, and now the Worldwide Leader In Sports has more kind words in anticipation of Davis’ first year in the NFL.
From a new story on ESPN.com breaking down each team’s first pick in the draft, Football Team beat writer John Keim says Davis will start, whether it be at inside linebacker or on the outside where his speed and flexibility will make up for any growing pains at the next level.
Here, the full scoop from what Keim has seen and heard so far in Washington:
19. Jamin Davis, LB, Washington Football Team
Davis worked as the middle linebacker all spring, a role he also filled at Kentucky. But there’s more involved with the position here, so Washington wanted to see if he could handle the responsibilities of calling signals, making adjustments and taking control. They liked how Davis handled himself in this role in OTAs and minicamp. He did not look lost on plays, rarely hesitating. It’s hard to accurately gauge linebackers when there are no padded practices, but Davis showed his athleticism, whether in coverage or on a blitz. He will start. They would really like his athleticism inside, but they also made it clear that in August, as there’s more to learn, if he can’t handle the middle, then he has the flexibility to play outside. — John Keim
You can read ESPN’s rundown of the 31 other top rookies here.
Davis is currently 8/1 to win Defensive Rookie of the Year behind only Micah Parsons and Jaelan Phillips.