For the second time in three years, the Kentucky Wildcats Football program has produced a first round draft pick. Thursday inside linebacker Jamin Davis was selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Washington Football with their 19th overall selection.
Davis played limited roles in 2018 and 2019 but as a junior in 2020, burst onto the scene. He made a team-high 102 total tackles with 48 being solo, made four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, forced a fumble, deflected two passes and grabbed three interceptions, including one he returned for an 85-yard touchdown in Knoxville against Tennessee which helped lead the Cats to their first win at Neyland Stadium since 1984.
Despite his decision to declare for the draft after just three college seasons surprised many, he quickly began climbing up draft boards as his name started to become more well known nationally and he put together a strong Pro Day that saw him run a 4.47-second 40-yard dash.
He joins outside linebacker Josh Allen, who was selected seventh overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 as the second Wildcat taken in the first round in the last three years and joins both Allen and Bud Dupree (Pittsburgh Steelers, 2015) as the third UK player selected in the first round during the Mark Stoops era.