Round 3, Pick 71: LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
There has been ample turnover at the linebacker position for the Bolts. They let go of veteran Thomas Davis, who has since signed with Washington to reunite with Head Coach Ron Rivera.
Other linebackers to sign elsewhere include Jatavis Brown and special teamer Nick Dzubnar. The team did try to combat the losses with the signings of Nick Vigil and Malik Jefferson, but I still believe there is a void to be filled.
It could be argued that this position could be addressed later in the draft, but I believe that Davis-Gaither is too good to pass on at this point. He fits the role perfectly: an undersized but very versatile athlete that is not afraid of contact. He plays sideline-to-sideline and can keep up with both running backs and tight ends.
The Appalachian State product could definitely take over the role that recently departed Adrian Phillips played, especially if the rumors that the team could move Desmond King are true. Having a player of this style could make it a smooth transition.
All in all, this selection would provide excellent depth for a young linebacker corps. Davis-Gaither would have an opportunity to be a solid contributor on special teams as well, considering the losses of several players that include Adrian Phillips and Derek Watt.