2. Jamin Davis, Kentucky
Kentucky star Jamin Davis could flourish in the Colts’ defensive scheme.
Like so many late bloomers, Jamin Davis has really burst onto the scene as an intriguing draft prospect after an exceptional final season with Kentucky.
Davis, who stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 234 pounds, is taller than the modern linebacker. You would think that (given his height) he could struggle getting low and making tackles against the run, but his blistering speed nullifies that as a potential red flag.
In fact, the former Wildcat earned a stellar 87.5 run grade from Pro Football Focus this past season, across which he compiled 102 tackles (!), four of which went for a loss, 1.5 sacks and three interceptions, which gave him five for his career.
Those five interceptions prove Davis has a read for the game that you simply can’t teach and he could improve upon that in defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus’ zone-oriented system. It also doesn’t hurt that he’d have the luxury of receiving pointers from Darius Leonard, one of the most complete linebackers in the NFL, in practice every day.
Davis might not be ready to start from Day 1 as a rookie, but his overall potential makes him a must-have for the Colts in the middle rounds.