On Tuesday, the NFL world descended upon Gainesville, FL for a Pro Day that was under the microscope of ESPN, NFL Network and the SEC Network at the University of Florida.

One of the big reasons the Gators’ Pro Day was so alluring was because it would be the first time scouts, coaches and fans alike would get a look at star linebacker Jarrad Davis, who could not participate last month at the Combine due to an ankle injury he suffered during the season.

In the end, the wait was well forth it for those anticipating his tests, as Davis put up some eye-popping numbers.

Davis was making those in attendance “ooo and ahhh” before his numbers were even posted by jumping higher than the vertical markers were set at for his height. On his first attempt (which didn’t count), Davis jumped past the highest marker. So, naturally, as he set up for his second attempt (after adjusting the markers even higher), the entire indoor facility went silent to watch.


Davis ended up recording  38.5-inch vertical jump, which would have put him alone at the top in the linebacker category for that drill (even higher than Jabrill Peppers, who workout out with the linebackers). But, Davis didn’t stop there. The broad jump was next, and his result there was equally as impressive.

That 10-foot, 9-inch number would also have been tops at the Combine for his position (including over Peppers). So, after proving his explosiveness on tape was no fluke, it was time to see how Davis would run. In his final speed test of the day, Davis passed with flying colors.

Davis’ 4.54 40-yard dash trailed only Peppers at the Combine in the linebacker category – who isn’t even a linebacker. So, if you take Peppers away, that means Davis would have tested No. 1 in all three categories, and also put up 23 reps on the bench press earlier in the day.

After he went through his on-field drills, Davis’ coach, Jim McElwain, spoke highly of Davis’ toughness and explosiveness.

Davis said he motivation for the day was just to show NFL personnel members that he’s still the athlete he was before his injury.

“My mindset was just coming out and showing everyone I’m still the same athlete I was,” said Davis. “Just showing them that an ankle injury is an ankle injury, and that happens, but I can bounce back. I came out today to show people that I’m going to compete at the top level, and that I’ll execute every time I get the chance to.”

He also noted that his 4.56 40-yard dash time was the fastest time he’s ever ran, even in practice. 

NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks mocked Davis to the Buccaneers at pick No. 19 last week. Today proved why Davis is so alluring as a prospect, but, even with his insane athletic numbers, the Buccaneers simply do not need him at the price they’ll have to pick him at.

Instead, some other team will get their hands on him. Bucs fans are just hoping he isn’t picked in the division. 

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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4 years ago

Very impressive numbers for his size, but LB is the last position we need to worry about at 19. AT least in my opinion. No need to take someone for a position that’ll be on the field about 30% of the time.

Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Why couldn’t he blitz?

Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

He could blitz, but are you willing to draft a guy with the 19th overall pick that is literally going to spend a good chunk of every game on the sideline, based just on how much nickle we run? We have Devonte Bond for that role I would assume next year.

Hank Scorpio
4 years ago

Whoever picks Davis is getting a hell of a player and locker room leader. I could see him going to the Dolphins at 22.

4 years ago

Indianapolis at 15? Pittsburgh at 30? Does he last until day 2?

4 years ago

I have a Draft strategy that I would like to propose. This Draft is strong and deep. I believe with a strategy like what I am proposing Bucs could pick up a couple extra players and still pick at 19 or close to it. Basically Bucs should pick the top `10 players that they like that they think might be available around the 19th pick. And then break them up into two groups A group would be Cook, Howard, Davis, Ross and McCaffrey. Group B would be Taco Charlton, Marlon Humphrey, David Njoku, Alivin Kamara, Tre Davius White. ( You… Read more »

Reply to  seat26
4 years ago

seat26 – I imagine that Jason Licht probably has developed his own strategy that quite possibly is similar to what you describe.

The Bucs’ advantage in this draft is that (1) we have no emergency position needs today, and (2) the draft is so deep in so many different positions that going with a near-pure BPA approach really can’t lose, as long as Licht has done his homework on those on his list, which I expect that he has done.

Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

As long as the BPA is not a linebacker or QB.