Now that the basketball season is over, and March Madness is ending with the Final Four next weekend, Kentucky fans are more than eager to jump forward to the 2021 Football season. But before we focus on next year, here is a look at some of the Wildcat prospects in the NFL Draft before their Pro Day.
Set for Wednesday, the Pro Day for the Wildcats Football team is set to feature players like Max Duffy, Landon Young, Drake Jackson, and Quinton Bohanna, all projected as day three picks. However, there are two names that have stood out on every scouting report and mock draft, Kelvin Joseph and Jamin Davis. Both have been projected as high as the first-round to late third-round draft choices with a chance to climb even more at the Pro Day.
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After a recent trade made by San Francisco, moving up to the #3 spot where they’ll likely take their quarterback of the future, this draft could mark the first time three consecutive quarterbacks could be drafted at the top of the first round. This means a lot of talented players could be a steal later on in the draft, including the two Kentucky products.
Davis, who was thrust into the starting position taking over Chris Oats, took complete advantage of the starting role provided to him, finishing the season with a team-high 102 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions, and a forced fumble.
Multiple draft analysts have been raving about Davis and his quickness on the field, ability to cover sideline-to-sideline, as well as his aggressiveness against the run. Davis has also shown excellent skills in pass coverage, as shown with the three interceptions on the season. The Pro Day is a chance for Davis to show off his physicals even more for the NFL teams, and possibly creep into the first round as an off-ball linebacker.
ESPN's Mel Kiper has Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis as the No. 17 pick in the first round, to the Raiders https://t.co/8huY0YUqDW
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For Joseph, the story isn’t about exciting draft measurables, but about the process and the fundamentals of playing cornerback in the NFL. Recruited as a safety out of high school, Joseph played in 11 games at cornerback as a true freshman for the Tigers, before transferring after a violation of team rules.
Scouts, enamored by Joseph’s potential, as well as his length and athleticism, see what makes him a great prospect for defensive back coaches in the NFL. Joseph showed off his talents when he was able to stick with Heisman winner Devonta Smith on his route down the field, before intercepting the ball thrown by Mac Jones.
In three days, Davis, Joseph, and the other Kentucky players will run drills in front of scouts from almost every NFL team, with a chance to shoot up draft boards and a chance to improve their stock.