Jamin Davis may have been a surprise performer for Kentucky Football in 2020, but there’s nothing surprising about the great start to his NFL career in 2021.
Since being selected with the 19th overall pick by the Washington Football Team in April’s NFL Draft, Davis has been destined to play a significant role as a rookie. So far, he’s lived up to expectations. The former Wildcat made his Thursday Night Football debut last night and left the field as the highest-graded defender on either team, according to Pro Football Focus.
With a grade of 89.0, Davis was excellent during his playing time for Washington in Week 2 after a below-average performance in Week 1. He recorded four total tackles, three of them solo, while playing 29 snaps in WFT’s narrow 30-29 win over the New York Giants.
Davis spent four seasons in Lexington but was widely under the radar heading into his junior year (he redshirted as a freshman). That being said, he immediately became Kentucky’s top defender in 2020 out of necessity.
The native of Georgia finished the season as UK’s leading tackler with 102, along with 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups, three interceptions (one for a score), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a blocked kick. He left Kentucky as a First-Team All-SEC performer.
It’s still very early, but Davis could very well be in the conversation for Defensive Rookie of the Year by the time the season comes to a close.
Check out some of his highlights from Thursday night.