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.