UGA’s Jordan Davis named 2021 NFL Draft’s top sleeper DT

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UGA’s Jordan Davis named 2021 NFL Draft’s top sleeper DT

Jordan Davis (99) posing for a photo after Georgia's 19-13 win over Texas A&M in 2019.
Jordan Davis (99) posing for a photo after Georgia’s 19-13 win over Texas A&M in 2019.

The 2020 NFL Draft saw Georgia have seven players get picked up by NFL teams through seven rounds, including five underclassmen who declared early. Those players are quarterback Jake Fromm, running back D’Andre Swift, offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson, and offensive guard Solomon Kindley.

Georgia once again has a bunch of underclassmen who are draft eligible heading into to the 2020 season. Furthermore, Pro Football Network named a sleeper pick at each position this week, and the defensive tackle it feels could help improve his stock the most this season is Georgia’s Jordan Davis.

One of my personal favorite watches among the defensive line this summer, Jordan Davis was a wrecking ball on the Georgia defensive line. Davis is massive at 6’5 and 330 pounds. His natural play strength is some of the best in the nation. I believe he possesses more pass rush upside than he’s displayed, and he’s at worst an elite run defender with five to six sack upside in the NFL. Expect Davis to be one of the SEC’s top defensive lineman this year, which will naturally raise his draft stock.

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Jordan Davis (99) tacking Georgia Tech running back TaQuon Marshall in 2018.
Jordan Davis (99) tacking Georgia Tech running back TaQuon Marshall in 2018.

Davis became an instant impact on Georgia’s defense during his freshman season in 2018. He played in 11 games with four starts, while making 25 tackles and six solo stops, with 1.5 sacks, earning the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American Team and Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team honors. In 2019, he played in all 14 games making eight starts, finishing with 18 tackles, seven solo tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks.

Davis is a large guy who has the ability to clog up lanes so opposing running backs can’t get through, while also freeing up space for Georgia’s linebackers to combat that attack as well at the same time. That in itself is a rare combination and is what really makes Georgia’s defensive front dominant.

With that being said, Davis still hasn’t reached his full potential yet. He’s been known to be a little overweight at times and needs to condition himself better in the offseason, especially so he can have the stamina to stay in on multiple snaps at a time. This offseason will be a key factor Davis and his possible transition to the NFL.

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