New Lion Jarrad Davis 'excited' for snow, cold weather

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Linebacker Jarrad Davis runs through a drill during Florida's NFL Pro Day.

Allen Park – For a guy who’s spent virtually his entire life in the South, Jarrad Davis is surprisingly open to the idea of coming North where the temperatures during football season are far lower than what he’s used to dealing with.

The Detroit Lions made the Florida linebacker their first-round pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, and the native of Kingsland, Georgia, was already looking forward to the seasons in Southeast Michigan.

“I’m excited. I’ve only seen snow one time in my life and that was at my grandma’s house in South Carolina and I’m ready for it," Davis said. "Honestly, I’m a fan. I wish it would snow every day, but we all know that’s not true.”

That doesn’t mean he’ll be in any hurry to get to town. The 6-foot-1, 238-pound inside linebacker will stay in Florida as much as he can, saying the heat will help in him in the long run.

But as much as he was having fun with the idea of moving to a cold-weather town, he admitted it would be an adjustment.

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“I’m excited, man. I love playing football and it’s one thing I know from playing at Florida, training in the heat is unmatched,” Davis said. “So, maybe in the offseason I’ll be down in Florida working out and make sure that I’m getting what I need, but teams that play in the hot weather, they don’t like coming to the cold.”

While it’s not quite as cold this time of year, Davis also opted to take in the draft from home instead of heading to Philadelphia.

There was a time he saw himself walking on stage and greeting commissioner Roger Goodell, but the chance to be at home ended up being more appealing.

“I really envisioned walking across the stage, but the older I got, the more and more I knew what to expect out of the draft,” Davis said. “So the biggest reason why I stayed home was because to just be able to do it the way I’ve been doing it for so long, I’m a guy that’s really big on routine, man. And watching the draft from the house is a big, big benefit.”

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