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NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah praises projected first-round pick Jamin Davis

Davis continues to draw first-round hype.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have become more than just a basketball school, and Jamin Davis is a reason why.

With increasing projections to be a first-round pick, Davis entered the 2021 NFL Draft after three years as a Wildcat.

The linebacker put together an absolutely dominant season in 2020. After playing in eight games and totaling just 32 tackles in 2019, Davis drastically improved, notching over 100 tackles this past season. He also snagged three interceptions.

Top it off with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble, and Davis has all the talents to be the league’s next Darius Leonard. That’s who Jeremiah compared Davis to when hyping him up on a conference call.

“He looks so much like Darius Leonard when you study him. You saw the impact that Darius Leonard had as a rookie coming out of the second round. I think this kid is going to find his way in the first round once he gets to the Pro Day and people really have a chance to put their eyes on him. He’s just got some ‘wow’ plays with his range, his ability in pass coverage, you watch the Tennessee game, he’s got an 85-yard pick-six in that game. He covers tight ends all over the field. He’s quick to trigger. He’s got really good eyes. Honestly, I didn’t really know who he was in the fall. Nobody had really said anything to me about him. And then you just go through on tape and this guy just jumps off the screen. I did find out from a couple of buddies in the league, yeah, they weren’t trying to get that one out. But you can’t hide how athletic that kid is. He would be someone I think has legitimate Rookie of the Year type ability that you don’t hear talked about in the top half of the first round,” Jeremiah said on a conference call according to 247Sports.

Being compared to Darius Leonard, a 25-year-old two-time All-Pro, sets lofty aspirations for Davis, but after this past season at Kentucky, you can’t fault anyone for seeing the similarities between the two, especially one of the best NFL Draft analysts.

Leonard took home 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, and there’s no denying that Davis will have hopes to do the same.

As Jeremiah noted later on, towards the back half of the first round to Cleveland or Tampa Bay, two teams that could see linebackers leaving, would be ideal.

Davis ended the 2020 season with the third-most tackles in the SEC. Since breaking out as a starter, Davis has soared up draft boards. He’s projected to be the second linebacker taken.

Davis was a first-round pick in Todd McShay’s most recent mock draft as well, so it’s far from just one analyst that loves the former Wildcat. Expect his stock to continue to rise as the late-April draft nears.