2. Jamin Davis
The Maniac and his protégé? Truly frightening.
Kentucky’s Jamin Davis is another off-ball linebacker who thrived in the SEC in his only year as a full-time starter, logging 102 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks across 10 games in 2020. Realistically, his versatility would allow him to play any of the linebacker spots in the Colts’ 4-3 scheme.
Despite the presence of Darius Leonard, the Colts are hurting a bit at the linebacker position. Anthony Walker left in free agency, and he was the team’s second-leading tackler with 92 behind Leonard this past season. Bobby Okereke will take over at middle linebacker for Walker. But what about the strongside position? Zaire Franklin? Matthew Adams? Jordan Glasgow?
Maybe the Colts bring in Davis, who could play MLB and call the plays if he’s up to the task. It’s a monumental responsibility for a rookie, but crazier things have happened.
If not, let him line up on the strong side right over the tight end. He’s got the speed, agility, ability to drop back in coverage, and explosiveness to excel in that role. Also, we know very well that the Colts like to move their defenders all over the field. Davis’ skill set will allow Matt Eberflus to do just that, making him an even more valuable first-round selection.