After not moving up to take a quarterback, which seemed like a major possibility, Ron Rivera and the Washington Football Team decided to stay at 19th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft and take Jamin Davis, the high-rising linebacker from Kentucky.
Davis, who made a name for himself during the offseason workouts, showed out during his Pro Day coming in at 6-foot-3, 245-pounds with a 4.49 40-yard dash time, 42-inch vertical, and a 132-inch broad jump. A freak athlete profile that is comparable to current Indianapolis Colts star linebacker Darius Leonard.
On the field, Davis had a nose for the football playing with absurd sideline-to-sideline range. In 2020, Davis accumulated 102 total tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, and two pass deflections.
Washington focused on offense during the free agency period signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and wide receiver Curtis Samuel. On defense, the team did sign cornerback William Jackson III.
Linebacker was always a position that the Washington Football Team needed to address and they address it with one of the highest risers in the entire draft. Davis is the best fit for what the Washington Football Team needs with Zaven Collins off the board.
Adding Davis to a defense featuring Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Jackson III, Kendall Fuller, Daron Payne, and Jonathan Allen gives the team a dynamic linebacker that has the ability to cover running backs and tight ends and get after the quarterback.
The Washington Football Team still needs to look at adding a wide receiver, an offensive tackle, an interior offensive lineman, and likely more secondary help throughout the rest of the draft. Davis’ profile is something that should help the Washington Football Team immediately, but the team still has major needs to fill before celebrating this pick. Davis should be an immediate contributor and should bring the same impact that Leonard brought to the Colts in year one.