Baby Willie J: CFL defensive lineman Jamal Davis works out for Arizona Cardinals

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Montreal Alouettes defensive end Jamal Davis worked out for the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday.

Davis played his first season in the CFL last year, suiting up in nine games with the Als while recording 17 tackles, four sacks and scoring one defensive touchdown. The six-foot-four, 250-pound pass rusher has drawn comparisons as a smaller version of Willie Jefferson due to his size and wingspan.

The Canton, OH native played for the Akron University Zips for two years to finish his NCAA career. In his senior season he made 48 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 5.5 quarterback sacks and forced one fumble. He started his collegiate time in 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Akron to finish.

During the 2019 football season, Davis played in the NFL with Miami, dressing for three games with the Dolphins. He also spent time with the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns. The 26-year-old earned over $230,000 during his first time around in the NFL.

The 26-year-old has multiple NFL workouts scheduled and could garner a contract after displaying his impressive athleticism. At the 2019 NFL Combine, Davis recorded a 4.60-second 40-yard time, 4.44-second shuttle, 7.0-second three-cone, a 39-inch vertical and 10-foot, two-inch broad jump along with 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.