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Meet the Prospect: Jarrad Davis

Name: Jarrad Davis

Position: Linebacker

School: Florida

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 238

40 dash: 4.56 seconds (pro day)

Vertical: 38.5 inches (pro day)

Broad: 129.0 inches (pro day)

How he fits: The Lions added to their linebacker unit earlier this week with the signing of veteran Nick Bellore, but the team is likely to be on the lookout for a young linebacker to add to the group via the draft.

Davis is a talented linebacker prospect with terrific athletic traits. After sitting out of the NFL Scouting Combine to give his injured ankle more time to heal, Davis wowed scouts, coaches and personnel people at his pro day with his testing and on-field workout.

Davis notched 60 tackles, six tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and two sacks for the Gators last season despite missing four of the team's last five games, including the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2.

As a junior, Davis had 98 tackles (11 for loss), 3.5 sacks and four pass breakups playing the entire season.

It's never a bad idea to get faster and more athletic on defense, and Davis would offer that to the Lions.

Key observations: Durability has been a bit of a concern with Davis. On top of missing the four games this past season, he also missed the final three games of the 2014 season with a torn MCL.

Character is certainly not a concern, however. Davis was named to the SEC Football Community Service Team in 2016.

What they had to say about him: "Sideline-to-sideline run defender. Moves very well laterally. Does show some tightness in hips when having to make a sudden change of direction. Explosive closing speed. Heat-seeking missile that gets from first to fifth gear in a hurry once pointed in the right direction. Generally takes quality pursuit angles but will occasionally be too flat or duck underneath blocks. Motor is fueled with high octane and he loves to chase in pursuit." – Scouts Inc.

How he stacks up: Scouts Inc. graded Davis as an 80 on their 0-100 grading scale. A player who is graded 80-89 has abilities to create mismatches versus most opponents in the NFL, rates in the top 10 at his position and is considered a second-round draft prospect, via the site's description. lists Davis as the third-best inside linebacker prospect available in this draft. He's the second-best inside linebacker according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and the fourth best via ESPN's Todd McShay. views Davis as the fifth-best linebacker prospect overall in this class.

What he had to say: "I came out here with the mindset of coming out and showing everybody I'm the same athlete I was before," Davis said after his pro day, via the Orlando Sentinel. "Just showing an ankle injury is an ankle injury. 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."

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