Jarrad Davis selected 21st by Lions

Linebacker Jarrad Davis runs through a drill during Florida’s NFL Pro Day in Gainesville. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions selected Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis with the No. 21 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

Detroit addressed a desperate need in adding a player who could fill in for released linebacker DeAndre Levy and perhaps bolster the franchise’s weakest link.

The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Davis missed about a third of last season with an ankle injury, but was still second-team All-SEC. He played in nine games, making 60 tackles, including two sacks.

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