Jared Davis- LB FLA

6-1, 234, (O) 4.58. 38.5 Vert! 

10'9" Broad! 4.29 SS! 7.3 3-Cone

4.21 SS, 33 1/2" Arm, 23 Reps,

Small LB. 

By TOM

Davis is a leader first. He has a great quick twitch swim move on the 2nd level, when he was spying the QB and the QB took off to the other side. He can take a misstep, get hit by the OG, and still hit the RB on a Dive. Very nice quickness hopping around the 2nd level. He can flash into the backfield, behind the lead blockers, and take out the RB for a TFL. He can make the OG miss on the 2nd level. 

He will go lower than his talent, because of injuries. "He's good," an exec said. "I don't care about some of those holes you are talking about. Kill him so maybe somebody will listen to you and he can fall to us. We'll take him." If he can stay healthy he can play in the NFL. He is a buyer beware who struggled to stay on the field every season.

He can chase down the RB on the edge. Nice delay blitzer. When he sees the RB has stayed in to block, he can cut around his DL and go and get the QB. He goes low and is an excellent wrap up tackler. Doesn't always take on blocks well. More of a speed and burst guy. 

Great straight line Speed. He is a great inside blitzer. He got to Dobbs three straight times against Tennessee. He sacked him, hit him after as he ran, and then got to him outside the pocket and hit him as he threw to cause the incompletion and force the punt. More of a zone guy in coverage. He will let the TE run right past him and curl behind him with barely a reaction. He needs to work on his zone awareness. 

He finally got to work out at the FLA Proday. "I feel like it went good," Davis said. "I came out here with a mindset of just coming out and showing everybody that I’m still the same athlete I was before, and just showing that an ankle injury is an ankle injury and that happens, but I can bounce back every time,” he said. “I came out here today and I just wanted to show guys that I’m going to compete, I’m going to compete at the top level and I’m going to execute every time I get a chance to, and I feel like I did that." Some of the times may have been exaggerated.

He ran in the 4.5s at his Proday. "That was the fastest 40 I’ve ever ran in my life," Davis said. "It just felt like game mode. I came out here and just acted like I was in The Swamp. Coming out here and just kind of mentally mimicking that atmosphere, I was able to put myself in a zone that I haven’t been in in a while." His explosion numbers at his Proday would have been top five at the Combine.

Now they have two aging veterans on the edge, and need a couple young replacements to groom. Though Gase is an OC HC, so he will be paying more attention to the offense. But the problem with Offensive Coordinators taking over as Head Coaches is that they have to build a defense (like DC OC's have to build a QB). 

His injury this past season really hurt him. "I feel like it went good. I came out here with a mindset of just coming out and showing everybody that I’m still the same athlete I was before, and just showing that an ankle injury is an ankle injury and that happens — but I can bounce back every time," Davis said. "I came out here today and I just wanted to show guys that I’m going to compete, I’m going to compete at the top level and I’m going to execute every time I get a chance to, and I feel like I did that." He looked completely healthy at his Proday.

He rebuilt their QB last year. "I can’t speak on the past," Gase said. "I just know everybody that has been here since the time I’ve been here has had one goal, and it’s to try to help our players do everything they can to win a game." Now Gase has to help Matt Burke build a defense.

They need help with aging on the D-line and secondary. "We want to be an attacking defense," Burke said. "It’s sort of what we started to try build here this past season, be aggressive. I know it’s been said before, we want to tailor our scheme to fit our players. Every year you have new players, new strengths, new weaknesses, so we’re going to evaluate that and move forward. But it’s always better when you can play on the front foot instead of the back foot. So that's going to be our general philosophy." You need to cover on the back end if you want to be aggressive up front. 

He has been the Invisible Man this off season. "He could have shut it down with that injury, and you guys saw what he did even in that Georgia game, when he shouldn’t have been playing," McElwain said. "That showed more to these guys about him being able to come out and play and want to play and play hurt." He is a great leader and teammate on the field.

He flies around the field, and is a beast in the run game. "I think that’s where a lot of guys mess up," Davis. "They go in there and they try to put on something that they’re not. They want to see exactly who you are so they know who they’re going to pick. I mean, they’re investing millions of dollars in us to play a ballgame so I just wanted to go in and let them know, this is exactly who you have, this is exactly who you’re going to get every single day. You have nothing to worry about." He showed some nice range in coverage as well.

Teammates and coaches rave about his intangible. "I knew going into the combine guys want to know what type of person I was off the field," Davis said. "They see the player I am on the field, and guys, a lot of coaches and teams, they love it and that’s what they’ve been telling me. For me to go into the combine, the only mindset I had was just going there and show them the young man that mom and dad raised. And I went in there and did exactly that. I didn’t try to hide anything. I didn’t try to sugarcoat anything." He played injured last season, and showed incredible toughness. 

2016: Started nine games and totaled 60 tackles, 6.0 tackles-for-loss and had two sacks... Had four pass break-ups and five QB hurries… Despite missing four games due to a pair of injuries, Davis still finished second on the team in total tackles and fourth in quarterback hurries… After having to be helped off the field during Florida’s win over Missouri due to an ankle injury, Davis defied the odds and played two weeks later against Georgia where he totaled a team-high seven tackles and two quarterback hurries… Named Sporting News and CBS Sports Second Team All-America… Garnered Second Team All-SEC honors by the league’s Coaches, Athlon Sports and Gridiron Now… Named to the SEC Football Community Service Team… Selected as one of five Finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Pop Warner CFB Award, and the Butkus Award… Was one of 18 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists.

Proday: "LB Jarrad Davis (6-1, 234) ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.58 and 4.60 seconds," Gil Brandt wrote. "He had a 38.5-inch vertical, a 10-foot-9 broad jump, a 4.29-second short shuttle, a 7.30-second three-cone drill, and 23 lifts on the bench. This is a very good player who should get drafted in Round 1." 

2015 Season:

He was actually working as a coach when he wasn't able to play because of ankle injury. "It brought me to a new territory," Davis said. “It showed me a lot of things that I didn’t know about and I kind of appreciate what the younger guys did and how they took me even though I was down, they took everything I was telling them and they used it on the field." He called assignments to the underclassmen, and pushed them in drills.

He is the clear leader of that defense. "Very instinctive, very tough and then you meet him and he’s even better," Muschamp said. "He’s a better person than he is a player and I think he’s a heck of a football player." He sets it up and finds the ball.

He has improved as a leader every year. "I can’t say enough good things about this guy," Jim McElwain said. "How he’s built and how he’s wired. How important the real things are in life to him. That’s a guy that you want in your locker room." He just has to stay health. 

He has a chance to be a Hightower like leader. "Oh, man, we love JD," Jalen Tabor said. "It's just something about him that you just gravitate toward the guy. He's all about getting better and helping other people. Not really a me guy. Even when he could be a me guy, he's not a me guy. He could have easily sat down and not played anymore. The top linebacker in the country, he could have easily sat down. That shows who he is as a person and what he's about and what he does for other people?" Played through a bad ankle.

Smart, studies film, and a great leader. "He's the emotional leader, the verbal leader, the guy that guys listen to and count on," Appleby said. "Not only because of that, but his actions, the way he works. Whether he's in the training room, doing extra workouts, on the field running, watching film, he's the ultimate professional. I've developed a special bond with him, just because of what a good dude he is. That's why he has the respect of his teammates. It helps that he's one of the best players in the country, but he's one of the best dudes in the country because of the way that he cares about his teammates. He knows every single guy on the team. And he's just developed a bond where guys trust him and they know he cares about them. They would go to war with him. I know I would do anything for him because he'd do anything for me." He also plays with great speed.

2015: Played in 14 games and started in 12… Finished second on the team with 98 total tackles… Third on the team with 11 tackles-for-loss and had 3.5 sacks… Had seven quarterback hurries and broke up four passes, also intercepting one pass… Named Second Team All-SEC by Gridiron Now… Totaled a career high two sacks against Florida Atlantic.

2014: Played in nine games, making one start at linebacker, before an injury forced him to miss the final three games… Totaled 23 tackles with one tackle-for-loss… Earned the Hard Hat award for his performance against Eastern Michigan.

Davis Vs Tennessee:

Tennessee: He can chase down the RB on the edge. Nice delay blitzer. When he sees the RB has stayed in to block, he can cut around his DL and go and get the QB. He goes low and is an excellent wrap up tackler. Doesn't always stake on blocks well. More speed and burst guy. Great straight line Speed. He is a great inside blitzer. He got to Dobbs three straight times against Tennessee. He sacked him, hit him after as he ran, and then got to him outside the pocket and hit him as he threw to cause the incompletion and force the punt. More of a zone guy in coverage. He will let the TE run right past him and curl behind him with barely a reaction. He needs to work on his zone awareness. 

Davis Vs Tennessee:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCixCZeI6Mo

Davis' Official Bio:

2016: Started nine games and totaled 60 tackles, 6.0 tackles-for-loss and had two sacks... Had four pass break-ups and five QB hurries… Despite missing four games due to a pair of injuries, Davis still finished second on the team in total tackles and fourth in quarterback hurries… After having to be helped off the field during Florida’s win over Missouri due to an ankle injury, Davis defied the odds and played two weeks later against Georgia where he totaled a team-high seven tackles and two quarterback hurries… Named Sporting News and CBS Sports Second Team All-America… Garnered Second Team All-SEC honors by the league’s Coaches, Athlon Sports and Gridiron Now… Named to the SEC Football Community Service Team… Selected as one of five Finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Pop Warner CFB Award, and the Butkus Award… Was one of 18 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists… 

2015: Played in 14 games and started in 12… Finished second on the team with 98 total tackles… Third on the team with 11 tackles-for-loss and had 3.5 sacks… Had seven quarterback hurries and broke up four passes, also intercepting one pass… Named Second Team All-SEC by Gridiron Now… Totaled a career high two sacks against Florida Atlantic… 

2014: Played in nine games, making one start at linebacker, before an injury forced him to miss the final three games… Totaled 23 tackles with one tackle-for-loss… Earned the Hard Hat award for his performance against Eastern Michigan… 

2013: True freshman enrolled in the summer and played in all 12 games, starting one game at linebacker… Named the team’s Most Valuable Special Teams Player… Also served as a game captain for the Missouri and South Carolina… Key member of several special teams’ units, totaling three special teams’ tackles on the season… In his first career start against Georgia Southern, he totaled a season-high seven tackles, six solo… Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

DAVIS’ CAREER HIGHS:
Tackles: 15 (Vanderbilt, 2016)
Sacks: 2.0 (FAU, 2015)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (2x, last vs. Bama 2015)
Interceptions: 1 (Georgia, 2015)

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