Two former Kentucky Wildcats are already turning heads in the NFL after two weeks of preseason action.
Linebacker Jamin Davis who was drafted in the first round and 19th overall by the Washington Football Team, and offensive tackle Landon Young, who was drafted in the sixth round and 206th overall by the New Orleans Saints, are among the highest-graded rookies in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.
Among all defensive rookie players to play during Friday night’s preseason slate, Davis posted the highest grade as he earned a 75.3 after recording a tackle playing in a limited role for the Football Team.
Jamin Davis: 75.3 PFF Grade vs. Bengals— PFF College (@PFF_College) August 21, 2021
Highest-graded rookie defender on Friday night pic.twitter.com/XQmdDUITAh
Among all offensive tackles through the first two weeks of the preseason, Young has graded second highest with a 78.7 only behind Washington’s Samuel Cosmi (81.7), who was taken by the Football Team in the second round of this past April’s draft out of Texas.
Highest-graded rookie OTs this preseason— PFF College (@PFF_College) August 23, 2021
1. Samuel Cosmi, Washington - 81.7
2. Landon Young, Saints - 78.7
3. Liam Eichenberg, Dolphins - 78.3
4. Dan Moore Jr, Steelers - 76.1
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To say the least, Davis and Young’s NFL careers are off to hot starts. Davis will likely be a starter on Washington’s defense while Young is battling for a reserve role on the Saints roster.