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Draft INSIGHT: Round 2 - LB Jamin Davis & CB Asante Samuel, Jr.

Depth and starter material can be found in the second-round

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LB Jamin Davis

Good outside linebacker with tremendous speed at 4.37 in the 40. No, really. Davis will need to add some bulk to his frame but has good size. He is very strong and the run support is his forte. Has the height to cover tight ends and is a tackling machine. His speed allows him to get into pursuit quickly and he takes very good angles. One word: fast. Had 102 tackles this past year in a tough conference and is an asset in stopping the run. Has great hands with three picks last year with one turned into a score. Is an above average coverage guy which will need some work. Solid instincts allows him to be aggressive.

Draft projection: second-round

Specifics:

College: Kentucky

Height: 6’-4”

Weight: 224 pounds

40-time: 4.37

Career Tackles: 144

Career Forced Fumbles: 1

Career Sacks: 2.5

Career Tackles for Loss: 5

Career starts: 12

Positives:

  • Second level speed
  • Overall quickness
  • Eye for the ball with three interceptions last year
  • Heavy riser in the draft
  • Excellent run stopper
  • Good decision maker
  • Plenty of power
  • Good range
  • Locates the action quickly
  • Incredible Pro Day numbers

Negatives:

  • Can get clustered in traffic which takes out of plays
  • Inability to shed blocks on occasion
  • Limited starts
  • Average burst

Expert Draft Site Analysis

DraftScout.com

Davis has the tools to contribute right away in the NFL. He has improved as a leader, vocally, and has always demonstrated the necessary work ethic in practice and on game day in terms of leading in that realm. Jamin’s not a finished product. He’s just begun to scratch the surface for what he can become as a football player in regards to his football IQ and awareness and recognition. He’s improved a lot and I think he’s got a lot of growth left in him...The sky’s the limit for what he can become.

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CB Asante Samuel, Jr.

NFL pedigree as his father played all those years with the New England Patriots at the same position, then finished out with Philadelphia and Atlanta. Samuel, Jr. had a strong career at Florida State in a tough conference and netted 30 tackles with picks in 2020. His size may limit his draft status being a corner in a taller league. Plus, he is not the fastest. Excellent in man coverage which he is very proficient at. Will need some attention is teaching him decent zone coverage. Some scouts see him going late first-round while others have him listed in the third to fourth-round.

Draft projection: second-round

Specifics:

College: Florida State

Height: 5’-10”

Weight: 184 pounds

40-time: 4.45

Career Tackles: 71

Career Forced Fumbles: 1

Career Sacks: 0

Career Interceptions: 4

Career Pass Defenses: 29

Career Tackles for Loss: 3

Career starts: 31

Positives:

  • Physical with receivers
  • Excellent athlete
  • Very good tackler
  • Instincts for ball flight
  • Good functional strength
  • Plenty of potential with limitations
  • First Team All-ACC 2020, Third Team All-ACC 2019

Negatives:

  • Below average height
  • Can get “out-physicalled” with larger receivers
  • Speed only shows on recovery
  • Too many penalties
  • Very “grabby” in order to stay close
  • Limited: May be best suited for slot only
  • Gets outreached on higher balls

Expert Draft Site Analysis

WaltherFootball.com

On the positive side, Samuel is an above-average athlete with good instincts, quality strength, and balance. He is a gritty corner who possesses some ball skills and a knack for making splash plays. Thanks to having functional power for a small corner, Samuel can tackle, and he really competes. On the negative side, Samuel is not fast and is small. He does not have a short-area burst and lacks ideal long speed. In the NFL, Samuel is going to be challenged to run with receivers vertically downfield. Samuel looks like a backup slot corner who might develop into being a starter at nickel corner.