NFL Network’s Peter Schrager offered some high praise for Lions rookie Linebacker Jarrad Davis.
Schrager mentioned on Monday’s edition of ‘Good Morning Football’ that he had spoken with one NFL Front Office Executive leading up to the draft who said Davis reminded him of Ray Lewis. The executive noticed that in college Davis exhibited the same type of fiery leadership Ray Lewis is widely known for.
For a first-year middle linebacker, nothing beats being compared to Ray Lewis, a future Hall of Famer. Davis is expected to start week 1 and replace the former anchor of the defense in DeAndre Levy.
The Lions selected Davis out of the University of Florida with the 21st pick in the first-round. Jim Caldwell and the rest of the coaching staff are counting on Davis to be ready to call plays on defense come week 1, as well as to be a force against the run. Davis will likely also be asked to cover running backs and tight ends in the passing game.
Davis has natural pass rushing ability to add to his impressive skill set. His Pro Football Focus pass rush productivity ranking, which measures pressure generated on the Quarterback on a per snap basis, was near the top among all SEC draft-eligible linebackers.
While his career at Florida and his short sample size during the Lions off season program have been superb, the comparison to Ray Lewis should stand out just as much.
Davis will go through growing pains just like any rookie, but knowing he has what it takes to command respect from his teammates shows he’s clearly on the right track to becoming an impact player.