Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis won’t be afforded much time to transition to the professional game.

Davis was selected 21st overall in the 2017 NFL Draft and figures to work as the anchor of the Lions’ linebacker core.

Although some rookies are gradually phased into the lineup, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell articulated that Davis should contribute immediately.

“We expect him to be a factor for us,” Caldwell said Friday to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Smart guy. He’s got ability, can run, hit, etc. So I think he’ll help us quickly.”

Davis is widely considered to be the Lions’ starting middle linebacker ahead of the upcoming season, but Caldwell hinted that the 21-year-old may be deployed all over the field.

“It’s like anything else,” Caldwell said. “You try to put them in the best spot possible that you think where they can fit. But nowadays, the way in which you have so much nickel in the ballgame, those guys are really flexible in terms of the position that they play.”

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