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Updated NFL Mock Draft has two Wildcats going in first round

A lot can happen to your draft stock in just seven days, apparently.

In an updated version of his 2021 NFL Mock Draft, Matt Miller has become a big fan of two former Kentucky Wildcats who have high hopes of going early in the upcoming draft: Kelvin Joseph and Jamin Davis.

Joseph, who played cornerback during his shortened season with the ‘Cats, and Davis, who was named an All-SEC player this past season at linebacker, have both been projected to go in the first round. Miller has Joseph coming off the board first at No. 23 to the New York Jets with Davis not far behind at No. 26 to the Cleveland Browns. In Miller’s initial mock that was released on Feb. 11, he previously had Davis (No. 36) and Joseph (No. 45) firmly in the second round.

The updated predictions come on the heels of Carson Wentz being shipped to the Indianapolis Colts from the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m not sure how that boosted Joseph’s stock by 20-plus positions, but we’ll take it over here at Kentucky Sports Radio dot com.

Here’s what Miller had to say about both Joseph and Davis.

23. New York Jets — CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky

A breakout player after a transfer from LSU, Joseph was one of the most exciting cornerbacks in the SEC this year. He’s long, fast and had four interceptions in 2020 to put himself on the map. The Jets have a giant hole at cornerback that needs immediate attention.

26. Cleveland Browns — LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky

Speed at the linebacker position is sorely lacking in Cleveland. Davis will remind you of Darius Leonard in his college days as a three-down wrecking ball all over the field and impacting the game in all three phases.

Now keep in mind, this is just an update on the first-round selections. When Miller dropped his first mock last Thursday, it included all seven rounds of the 2021 Draft and featured two more one-time Wildcats joining NFL teams in the summer: Drake Jackson at No. 105 and Quinton Bohanna at No. 157. Stay tuned to see where Miller has them going forward.

Hell, maybe they’ve jumped the rankings, too.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

3 Comments for Updated NFL Mock Draft has two Wildcats going in first round

  1. Wade
    7:35 pm February 18, 2021 Permalink

    Drake is A smaller C but packs a punch and knows the game. Great iq. He’s like a Jeff Saturday clone imo and you see how that worked out for Peyton manning for many years and I see the same for drake . Look for him to be a steal in the second rd. Guys a football player and his stats say a lot in the sec. think he allowed 1 sack and and is durable as they come. big fan of his.

  2. blueblood80
    8:25 pm February 18, 2021 Permalink

    I just can’t get the J. Davis long intercepted pass return against Tenn. out of my mind. Kentucky players had to keep waiting for him. And they are passing him in the long haul to the end zone. I literally didn’t think he was gonna make it!

  3. Miller45
    5:30 am February 20, 2021 Permalink

    I would love to see Jamin land in Cleveland