Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Arkansas, South Carolina, Auburn, LSU
Report By: Cody Manning
Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 6.00
Playing Speed: 6.00
He isn't quick, even in short-range burst situations, not very smooth with his movements, but has great balance when he is battling in the trenches. Slow when he needs to change his direction. Tight in the hips, no bend, and tends to stand height. Below-average explosion when the ball is snapped. It appears he is playing a notch below a speed he could be at, would like to see more faster movements.
PASS RUSH ABILITY: 6.64
Initial Quickness: 6.00
Use of Hands: 7.30
Pass Rush Moves: 6.70
Finish Ability: 6.20
Not very quick out of his stance to initiate contact. Great use of his hands, will engage, punch, grab and can move lineman out of his ways. Does a solid job at using his hands to rip around the blocker and can grab them to move them to the side. He does a good job of using his length to create leverage, needs to collapse pockets more often to be effective. Average set of moves for an interior lineman, some can be effective when he uses them. Needs to get back to the 2017 finish ability.
In 43 career games, he accrued 175 tackles (67 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble. Production fell off since 2017. Will put up a fight in the trenches. Needs more consistency in his play, like to see more of a fire.
AGAINST THE RUN: 7.68
Play with Leverage: 8.80
Stack and Shed: 8.30
Gap Shooting Ability: 6.50
Run at Him: 8.50
Run Away: 6.00
Plays with outstanding leverage rarely gets pushed back, it takes double teams to get him moving. Great job when he locks his long arms onto the lineman and has the strength to toss them to the side. His frame allows him to fill gaps but doesn't get there as fast as you would like. He can shed his lineman with ease to get his arms around the runner. He isn't gonna run down any back at the next level. Solid tackler, usually brings them down if he gets his paws on them.
Not very twitchy, but does a good job at feeling out how he is getting blocked to get in a better position to stop the run. Shows that he can pick up screens as they develop. Celebrates when his teammates make a play.
Very stout player when he is defending the run holds his ground, can toss players to the side, has great length to create leverage, and brings backs down once he gets ahold of them. Versatile, he can lineup all over a defensive front and can demand double-teams because his large frame takes up so much space. Solid run stuffer.
Needs to play with a higher motor, feels like he could be playing faster. Not super effective as a pass rusher due to the lack of burst. Could use length to his advantage to get in passing lanes for deflections. Not very nimble in open space looks like he is playing in mud.
Davis can provide value to a defense that wants a player that can take up space on the defensive front and is a very solid run stuffer. Offers plenty of experience, can be lined up all over, and is capable of playing all 3 downs. A defensive coordinator needs to help him refine his pass rush moves and how to use his long arms to disrupt quarterback's passing lanes so he can be more effective on third down. Can be a disruptor to a run game if he is more consistent with his play if a coach can get that out of him than he could be a solid pro. In Year 1, he can be a quality depth piece that can provide value on the first 2 downs. If he does tap back to his 2017 form and his potential then he could earn Pro Bowl honors at some point in his career. By Year 3, he can at least be a quality starter if he finds that consistency in his play.