Ron Rivera's second draft class with Washington has its first player: Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis.
With the 19th overall pick on Thursday night, the Burgundy and Gold drafted Davis, who shined for the Wildcats in 2020 with more than 100 total tackles and three interceptions.
Linebacker was Washington's most pressing need on defense and in Davis, Ron Rivera has a second-level threat who possesses speed, length and tremendous vision. Fans may not be too familiar with him seeing as he's a late bloomer and competed at one of the SEC's least-renowned programs. But odds are, they'll get to know him quite soon.
Rivera chose him over Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Virginia Tech left tackle Christian Darrisaw — two players who were mocked often to Washington the past few months — among others.
After selecting Davis, Washington can now turn their attention to Friday. It has a choice in the second round (51st overall) and a pair of picks in the third (74th and 82nd overall).