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Jarrad Davis to the Lions in the first round

With the 21st pick of the first round, the Detroit Lions selected Florida’s middle linebacker Jarrad Davis.

Jarrad Davis is the first of several Florida players expected to be selected in the draft over the next few days and a terrific selection for the Lions.

A head hunting linebacker, Davis has a nose for the ball and became the first Florida linebacker selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since Huey Richardson was selected by the Steelers in 1991. He finished his career at Florida with 205 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 10 passes defensed.

Davis was a mainstay on the Florida defense for the last two years after being underutilized as a freshman and sophomore. He’s always on the ball when on the field.

Off-the-field, the Lions are getting a high character guy that seems to do things for all the right reasons. He’s also a player that displayed this past season that he will play through injury.

Not highly heralded as a prospect out of Georgia, Davis surpassed expectations in a big way in becoming one of the best ever at the position for Florida. 

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