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McShay's mock draft: Lions take Florida LB Jarrad Davis

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Marcus Clark of the Florida Atlantic Owls is knocked out of bounds by Jarrad Davis of the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.

Allen Park – There are still three games remaining in the regular season, but it’s never too early for mock drafts.

ESPN’s Todd McShay has released his initial version where he has the Detroit Lions selecting Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis.

Davis, listed at 6-foot-2, 238 pounds, racked up 94 tackles, including 11 for a loss, as a junior last season. He’s been limited by an ankle injury this year, recording 60 stops, two sacks, an interception and four pass breakups in nine games.

“Davis finds so many ways to affect a game,” McShay writes. “He makes plays in the backfield (six tackles for loss and five QB hurries) and is athletic enough to hold up in coverage. Davis' game is similar to that of Bucs OLB Kwon Alexander because of his excellent range and a relentless motor.”

The selection clearly fills a position of need for the Lions. DeAndre Levy returned to the lineup this past weekend after a three-month absence, but his long-term durability is a question mark. Josh Bynes, who has played well since re-signing with the team in late October, is set to be a free agent at season’s end.

December mock drafts obviously shouldn’t be taken too seriously as the draft order is still fluid and player evaluations aren’t complete. Plus, free agency will significantly alter team needs.

Last year, McShay’s first mock correctly speculated the Lions would take an offensive tackle in the first round. He had the team snagging Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil at No. 7 overall.

Tunsil actually slid to No. 13 after a photo of him smoking marijuana from a gas mask leaked hours before the draft. The Lions closed the season strong, and with the 16th pick, selected Ohio State’s Taylor Decker.

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Todd McShay's mock draft

1. Cleveland: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

2. San Francisco: Myles Garrett, DE/OLB Texas A&M

3. Jacksonville: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

4. Chicago: Jabrill Peppers, S/OLB, Michigan

5. Tennessee: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

21. Tampa Bay: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

24. Detroit: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

26. Pittsburgh: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

28. Oakland: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan