2020 - NC State, Tennessee
His biggest strength is in coverage. Does a great job of getting to his drops quickly in zone coverage and has solid route recognition. Also has the speed to play man coverage, making him a force against tight ends and running backs coming out of the backfield. Quarterbacks will have to respect his ability to break on the ball and also go up and make a play on the ball when in coverage. Has the ability to play inside the box and on the outside which will keep him on the field at the next level. His speed is what is setting the new era of linebackers apart as he can run sideline to sideline and get to the ball at any given moment.
His play strength can be an area of concern. Struggles to get violent with his hands against offensive linemen and lead blockers to shed them and get to the ball carrier. Also could work on his pad level which could help him not have to take on those bigger linemen and use his speed and athleticism to his advantage. If he is used on the outside at the next level, he will need to show that he is reliable as a pass rusher off the edge in terms of showing a variety of pass rush moves and playing with better leverage. From a play processing/recognition standpoint, could get a second quicker at reacting once he makes his reads.
Jamin Davis is a player that has been quickly rising up draft boards since the college football season ended. This is especially truly since he put on an absolute show at his pro day. While he has become more well-known in the draft process, he did put up impressive numbers in his junior year with the Wildcats. Davis led the team with 102 tackles, along with four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions (one for a TD), one forced fumble and fumble recovert, and a blocked kick. Both on film and in his pro day testing, he shows the athleticism that you see in many of the top linebackers in today's game. That alone will get him drafted highly, as I can see him going anywhere between the middle of the first and early second round. If he can show more consistency in his overall game and get stronger as a player, Davis could have a very long, successful career in the NFL. He will project best as a WILL linebacker that can be used on special team and in the rotation right away and can be turned into a starter early in his career if he develops into his full potential.
Has the athletic tools you want from a linebacker at the next level. Is smooth and looks natural when changing direction. Displays very good playing speed, which he uses to run sideline to sideline and run by blockers to make tackles. In coverage he does a good job of transitioning out of his drop to close in on the receiver. Isn't weak by any means but can get knocked back too easily at times by bigger offensive linemen.
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Rush with Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Isn't used a ton as a true pass rusher off the edge but is used as a blitzer in between the tackles. Will need to be a second quicker on his first step at the next level. Doesn't show a wide variety of pass rush moves as he relies on his speed or simply tries to bull rush his way to the quarterback. Will need to work on putting some moves together if he is asked to come off the edge in the league. Also will need to work on his pad level when blitzing up the middle or coming off the edge as he played too high at times. As a blitzer, he does a decent job of timing the quarterback's cadence to shoot the gap
Impressed me the most in his coverage skills. Is very smooth and fluid when dropping back in coverage. Keeps his head on a shivel and picks up on route concepts quickly. Uses his speed and hip fluidity to his advantage when playing man coverage whether it be against tight ends, slot receivers, or running backs. Shows a good understanding of his roles in zone coverage, getting to his zones quickly and showing the ability to locate receivers.
Against The Run:
Just like as a pass rusher, he could work on his pade level when taking on blockers and when making tackles. Struggles at times in stack and shed situations. Will need to work on being more violent with his hands and getting rid of blockers quicker. Does a good job of getting to the ball quickly and running his feet on contact. Won't see him miss many tackles once he breaks down and is in position. His speed allows him to be able to run sideline to sideline to make plays against the run. Has solid pursuit angles for the most part but could still work on being more consistent in that regard.
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
While he isn't a weak football player, he still gets pushed around too easily at times and can work on bringing more tenacity when taking on blocks. Showed good leadership qualities when in the game in college as he commanded the defense and always seemed to lift his teammates up and be one of the first ones to celebrate with them. Plays with a high motor at all times whether the play is too him or away from him. However, he could just simply show more consistency in his game in multiple areas which can come with more reps.
Does a good job of processing the play for the most part but needs to be just a second quicker in that area if he wants to be a starter at the next level. Goes through his reads quickly and either drops back to his zone if it is a pass or gets himself in position against the run. From a versatility standpoint, he showed that he can play both inside the box as a true inside linebacker and on the outside where he could line up over the top of slot receivers and play on the back/weakside of the defense. Will be best suited as a WILL linebacker in the league.