It’s been a while since the Packers invested an early-round pick at the linebacker position. New defensive coordinator Joe Barry gets a talented linebacker to add to his defense with Green Bay selecting Jamin Davis out of Kentucky in the second round.
While Krys Barnes played well in his rookie season and the Packers like Kamal Martin, there is some risk to entering the new season without adding an inside linebacker. While they have lost experience by releasing Christian Kirksey, they could add one of the best players at the position in this year’s draft by selecting Davis. And with him still on the board in the second round, it was an easy decision.
This would be a best-case scenario for the Packers. He’s at No. 24 in Daniel Jeremiah’s prospect rankings for NFL.com. Jeremiah wrote that Davis can be a “three-down impact player at the next level.”
That’s exactly what Green Bay’s defenses needs.
Last season, Davis made 102 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Davis can be a playmaker in the middle of the Packers’ defense.
With the addition of Newsome and Davis in the opening two rounds, Green Bay would have two new potential starters at areas of need.