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Jarrad Davis (born November 16, 1994) is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida and was drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Jarrad Davis
No. 40 – Detroit Lions
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1994-11-16) November 16, 1994 (age 24)
Kingsland, Georgia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Kingsland (GA) Camden Co.
College:Florida
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:196
Sacks:8.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:2
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Davis attended Camden County High School in Kingsland, Georgia. As a senior, he had 114 tackles and three forced fumbles for the Wildcats football team. He originally committed to Auburn University to play college football but changed his commitment to the University of Florida.[1][2]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at Florida in 2013, Davis played in all 12 games with one start, recording 24 tackles. As a sophomore in 2014, he played in nine games and missed three due to a torn meniscus, finishing with 23 tackles.[3] As a junior in 2015, he started 12 of 14 games, recording 98 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one interception.[4][5][6]

Professional careerEdit

On December 12, 2016, it was announced that Davis had accepted his invitation to play in the 2017 Senior Bowl.[7] Unfortunately, Davis was unable to attend after suffering a sprained ankle during his senior season. Davis was one of 29 collegiate linebackers who attended the NFL Scouting Combine, but was unable to perform any drills due to an ankle injury. On March 28, 2017, Davis attended Florida's Pro Day and performed all of the combine and positional drills for team representatives and scouts who attended. His 40-yard dash would've been the second fastest time among all linebackers at the NFL Combine. During the draft process, Davis attended private visits and workouts with the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.[8] NFL Draft experts and analysts projected Davis to be selected in the first or second round. He was ranked the second best inside linebacker in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, was ranked the third best inside linebacker by NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, was ranked the third best linebacker by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and was ranked the fourth best linebacker in the draft by Sports Illustrated and ESPN.[9][10][11][12]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 38 in
(1.86 m)
238 lb
(108 kg)
33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.62 s 1.57 s 2.64 s 4.29 s 7.39 s 38 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
23 reps
All values from Florida's Pro Day[13][14]

The Detroit Lions selected Davis in the first round (21st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the second linebacker selected, behind Haason Reddick.[15]

2017Edit

On May 12, 2017, the Detroit Lions signed Davis to a four-year, $10.96 million contract that includes $8.54 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $6.11 million.[16]

Davis entered training camp, slated as the starting middle linebacker. Head coach Jim Caldwell officially named Davis the starting middle linebacker to begin the regular season.[17]

He started the Detroit Lions' season-opener against the Arizona Cardinals and recorded nine solo tackles and recovered the first fumble of his career by Cardinals' running back David Johnson in their 35-23 victory.[18] The following week, he recorded six combined tackles and made the first sack of his career on New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning in the Lions' 24-10 victory. Unfortunately, he left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a concussion when Giants' wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. blocked Davis into Giants' running back Paul Perkins.[19] He remained in concussion protocol and missed the next two games due to concussion symptoms. On December 10, 2017, Davis made nine combined tackles an sacked quarterback Jameis Winston as the Lions defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-21. In Week 17, he recorded a season-high 12 combined tackles, a pass deflection, and made his first career interception in a 35-11 win against the Green Bay Packers. He made his interception off of a pass attempt by Brett Hundley that was intended for Jamaal Williams and returned it for 12-yards before being tackles by Lance Kendricks to end the Packers' first drive of the game.[20] He finished his rookie season with 96 combined tackles (65 solo), three pass deflections, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in 14 games and 14 starts.[21] The Detroit Lions finished second in the NFC North with a 9-7 record but missed the playoffs and thus the team decided to part ways with head coach Jim Caldwell at the end of the season.

Career StatisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS TD INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2017 DET 14 96 65 31 2.0 1 1 16 0 1 12 12 12 0 3
2018 DET 16 99 73 26 6.0 1 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Total 30 195 138 57 8.0 2 2 36 0 1 12 12.0 12 0 8

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Justin Barney (December 15, 2012). "Camden County linebacker Jarrad Davis commits to Florida". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Matt Scalici (December 15, 2012). "Linebacker Jarrad Davis switches commitment from Auburn to Florida". The Birmingham News. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gators' Jarrad Davis takes field with renewed purpose after brutal injury". The Florida Times-Union. December 15, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Edgar Thompson (August 27, 2016). "Gators star Jarrad Davis driven by passion for football, history as overlooked recruit". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Anthony Chiang (March 30, 2016). "Randy Shannon compares Gators LB Jarrad Davis to former Hurricanes - Gator Bytes". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Zach Abolverdi (July 14, 2016). "SEC Media Days: LB Jarrad Davis became face of Florida Gators football - Gator Bytes". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Thomas Goldkamp (December 12, 2016). "Jarrad Davis accepts Senior Bowl invite". Florida.247sports.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Carlos Monarrez (April 28, 2017). "Battle tested' Jarrad Davis appreciates private workout with Lions". freep.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking the 2017 draft's top 100 players". ESPN. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Bucky Brooks (April 25, 2017). "Bucky Brooks' top 5 2017 NFL Draft prospects by position 3.0". NFL.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Mike Mayock (April 12, 2017). "Mike Mayock's top 5 2017 NFl Draft prospects by position". NFL.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Jarrad Davis, DS #2 ILB, Florida". nfldraftstock.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Jarrad Davis". NFL.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 27, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft linebacker Jarrad Davis". DetroitLions.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Spotrac.com: Jarrad Davis contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  17. ^ Meinke, Kyle (September 5, 2017). "Detroit Lions list 6 new starters on first depth chart of regular season". mlive.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  19. ^ Birkett, Dave (September 19, 2017). "Detroit Lions rookie LB Jarrad Davis suffers concussion at Giants". freep.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 17-2017: Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions". NFL.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "NFL Player stats: Jarrad Davis (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  22. ^ "Jarrad Davis Stats - Detroit Lions - ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved January 22, 2018.

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