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Carter’s Classroom draft profile: Jarrad Davis, inside linebacker

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Jarrad Davis (40) - AP

The inside linebacker pool of talent in this draft class is not deep enough for the Steelers to wait until the middle rounds to address the position should they seek a prospect that could legitimately challenge Vince Williams as the starter next to Ryan Shazier. 

Shazier fits the "mack" style of inside linebacker that is the playmaker of the two, whereas the departure of Lawrence Timmons left a vacancy for the "buck" inside linebacker. Both are crucial to the Steelers' defense in stopping the run and creating a good variance of pass rush and middle zone coverage.

Fitting that label are a few prospects in this draft, two of which we have covered in Alabama's Reuben Foster and Temple's Hasson Reddick.

Both are expected to be earlier first round selections, leaving only one last candidate who is considered as a viable option for the Steelers at the 30th pick should he still be there. That player is Florida's Jarrad Davis.

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