The Case of Washington LB Jamin Davis as NFL Rookie of the Year

Anyone who has paid attention the past two seasons understands that Ron Rivera first builds the Washington football team on the defensive end. Chase Young and the return of Kendall Fuller were the start, but WFT only cracked the box last season.

Hoping to build a top-five unit from 2020 under the leadership of Jack Del Rio, Washington has added cornerback William Jackson III to replace Ronald Darby. They also signed Free Safety Bobby McCain to solidify the secondary.

Rivera made a big swing in April in the No.19 pick with Jamin Davis’ selection. The athletic Kentucky linebacker can play from the sideline to the sideline and perform well at almost any level of the court. Expectations are high for Davis to step in, learn the playbook, and contribute to both base 4-3 and sub-packages.

How talented can Davis be in his rookie year? Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports has the WFT star as the favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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Davis was the Zach Wilson of the linebacker squad, a seemingly seemingly nowhere one-year-old wonder whose film was so juicy it went from complete obscurity in the first round.

And Davis’ 2020 movie was truly phenomenal. His … frame made him pop instantly, and he consistently featured serious lineup on the outdoor tracks, creative weaves through the traffic on the tracks in the middle and, most critically, game-changing games in the cover. . Davis is a great linebacker with the explosion and athletic flow needed to hold cover in the NFL today.

Wilson, who was drafted No.2 from BYU by the New York Jets, became a superstar during the COVID-19 season in Provo. At Lexington, Davis slowly grew to be one of the most complete linebackers the SEC has known in years.

In 11 starts for the Wildcats, Davis recorded 102 total tackles, four loss tackles, three interceptions, two pass deflections and one touchdown. He was third in the conference in tackles and was tied with LSU’s Jabril Cox for most interceptions at position.

Although gross, Trapasso believes Davis will have an edge over other names such as Micah Parsons of Dallas or Azeez Ojulari of New York. The reason? Washington’s top four in the trenches.

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Washington’s defensive line is going to keep his jersey as clean as if he hadn’t even set foot on the pitch. And since Davis reacts slowly to his touches, not having to immediately deal with blockers climbing to the second level will speed up his treatment.

How good are the top four on the football team? In 2020, journeyman Jon Bostic led the team with 118 tackles. While Bostic is still on the roster, Davis will be able to play one of the playmakers, outside of the linebacker spots. Not only will he hit the 100 tackle threshold, but he will have plenty of opportunities to disrupt passes. And Davis will. Often.

That’s not to say Davis won’t have a hiccup during the transition from the varsity game to the NFL. Every rookie will struggle and need time to adjust to the speed of the NFL.

For Davis, having a cheat code like WFT’s defensive line will help a lot in registering tackles. This ultimately gives Washington a chance to land back-to-back DROYs in the short time under Rivera.

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