Jarrad Davis, Florida [OLB] – Tom Like

Name: Jarrad Davis

Position: OLB

School: Florida

Class: Senior

Height: 6 foot 1

Weight: 238lbs

40-time: – 

Games Watched:  2016 – Alabama, UMass, Vanderbilt // 2015 – Ole Miss, LSU, South Carolina

Honours:

2016: Second Team All-America

2016: Second Team All-SEC

2016: Butkus Award Finalist

2015: Second Team All-SEC (Gridiron Now)

Production:

Played in all 12 games as a true freshman and a key member of the Gators’ Special Teams (winning Team MVP honours for that unit). 

Played in 14 games a Junior in 2015. Compiled 98 total tackles, 11.0 TFL, 3.5 Sacks, 1 FF, 7 QB hurries, 1 INT and 4 PBs.

Davis played in only 9 games as a Senior in 2016. Racked up 60 total tackles, 6.0 TFL, 2.0 Sacks, 5 QB hurries, 4 PBs.

(David Bowie/ GatorCountry.com)

 

Strengths

Jarrad Davis is a naturally instinctive Linebacker who reads play quickly, and follows his keys to get in position. He has an excellent motor which compliment his rare read-and-react skills. Davis has tremendous closing speed and is able to consistently generate pressure on blitzes – chasing down Quarterbacks. 

His short area quickness is phenomenal, regularly surprising Offensive players. He puts this to use in the run game – darting into the backfield or flying sideline-to-sideline. Davis is all over the field as a run defender and is a consistent tackler who can lower his shoulders and hit with authority. He is a strong run defender and shown the ability to repeatedly stack and shred TE’s trying to block him. 

Davis has a shredded physique with long limbs, and his athleticism immediately jumps off the screen. Jarrad Davis is at his best when he has space to flow to the football. Davis has the athleticism to stick with RBs and TEs, and has a forceful redirect putting receivers off their spots and interrupting their route running. He boasts excellent flexibility throughout his trunk and does well picking up receivers in the short to intermediate zones. He is highly effective in the spy role as he has the necessary athleticism to mirror mobile QBs looking to escape out of the pocket. Scouts say that coaches will be gushing over Davis’ leadership, work ethic and character.

 

Weaknesses

The main knock on Davis is his inability to work through heavy traffic and work past blockers. While Davis is quick to react in the run game, he needs to do a better job and seeing and working past blockers rather than issuing physical challenges which cause him to be behind in pursuit. Once snagged, Davis also struggled to free himself of blockers. This eagerness to make a play is attractive but often backfires – he is prone to biting on play actions, particularly boot legs.

Davis is not natural in zone coverage and needs to polish his pass coverage skills. However, Davis has the desired athleticism to be able to hang with TEs and RBs in coverage in the NFL. By and large – all of his flaws appear coachable.

 

Bottom Line

Jarrad Davis built himself a reputation playing four years for Florida in the SEC – including starting right away as a true freshman. He’s an explosive athlete who has the ability to make plays sideline-to-sideline. 

While he struggles to work in traffic – Davis’ skill set could be utilised as an OLB in a 4-3 scheme who is allowed to operate in space. His ideal size paired with excellent speed and ability will be enticing to GMs. His speed might not show up at the combine, but he has tremendous game speed.

Has the ability cover ground, operate with loose hips in space and finish his tackles. Brings the added bonus of being able to blitz and get after the passer. I believe Davis should be able to compete for an early starting job as a 4-3 OLB.

 

Round Grade

Early 2nd Round

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