With NFL scouts and coaches like Bill Belichick around, Jarrad Davis did nothing short of excellence in Tuesday’s Pro Day. Former Florida linebacker did it all exceptionally well from running, jumping and lifting.
While Gator fans could have told you Davis would impress, the rest of the country did not know — they do now.
Davis’ results involved a 10’9″ broad jump, 4.56 40-yard dash and perhaps the most impressive, 38.5″ vertical leap. Florida head coach Jim McElwain was not surprised by Davis’ vertical.
Davis Improves Draft Stock
Following his junior year, the stand-out linebacker could have declared for the NFL Draft. Instead, he decided to stay for his senior season. His final season in a Gator uniform was going very well until his injury impeded on his season. Despite opting out of the NFL combine due to the injury, Davis improved his draft stock at Pro Day. Prior to Pro Day, many NFL executives felt Davis had first round talent, but thought his injuries could be an issue. Davis disproved that thought on Tuesday.
“I came out here with the mindset of coming out and showing everybody I’m the same athlete I was before. Just showing an ankle injury is an ankle injury.” Davis continued, “That happens, but I can bounce back every time. I came out here today wanting to show guys that I’m going to compete, I’m going to compete at the top level. I’m going to execute every time I get a chance to. I feel like I did that.”
As of Tuesday following the Pro Day, many NFL mock drafts have Davis being drafted 18th in the first round. Prior to Tuesday, many mock drafts did not have him being picked in the first round at all.