2. Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions
Jarrad Davis Was taken 21st overall in the 2017 NFL draft out of Florida. The Detroit Lions were hoping when they took him that he was going to become a centerpiece of their defense and recently head coach Matt Patricia said that he still believes that could be the case.
However Davis’ play doesn’t really go along with that and according to Stephen Mullenax of SideLion Report, he’s a player that could be on the trading block this season as he’s coming off his worst year as a pro.
"“It didn’t help that the 24-year old is coming off his worst season with the Lions. Limited to just 11 games due to an ankle injury, Davis recorded 63 total tackles last season along with 2.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, and four tackles for loss. Pro Football Focus gave Davis an overall grade of 40.4 for his play last season, the lowest of his three-year career.” — Mullenax, SideLionReport"
Of course, it’s easy to shrug at this and ask why would Cleveland want a player who’s been struggling. But the reason is that Davis has enough talent that he was taken in the first round. Right now the Browns don’t have a player of that caliber on their defense.
So while Davis may not have necessarily lived up to his draft status, he still has enough talent to of been taken that high. On top of that, he could be coming into a situation where he wants to try and prove that the problem in his career so far has been Detroit rather than himself. That could give the Browns a very motivated player and position that they really need help.