Lions add a linebacker, selecting Jarrad Davis out of Florida

The Lions had a big need for LB entering the draft, and addressed that need with their first pick by selecting Davis. PFF shows Davis' value in college.

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Lions add a linebacker, selecting Jarrad Davis out of Florida


  • With the 21st pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis.
  • The ability to match up with backs and tight ends made Davis valuable, whether in man or zone — he gave up only one catch of over 20 yards in 2016.
  • Davis is also an excellent blitzer, highlighting his versatility. He ranked third among SEC draft-eligible linebackers in pass-rush productivity.
  • The former Gator will likely need some time in the weight room, and to steer clear of injury, to thrive in the NFL.
  • DeAndre Levy was released after managing only 200 snaps in 2017 through injury, leaving Tahir Whitehead (38.0 overall grade) as the Lions’ only experienced incumbent in the middle.
  • Inside linebacker was a major need for Detroit.

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