Dexter Davis, OLB, Arizona State

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Dexter Davis, OLB, Arizona State

Postby Pudge » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:29 am

Arizona State Senior

PROS: Has a quick first step that flashes edge speed to turn the corner. Has a nice developmental spin move and a decent swim move. Has experience dropping back in coverage. Shows ability to play contain on the edge.
CONS: Needs to improve his hand use, and has trouble disengaging from blocks. Struggles to get off blocks and gets engulfed at the point of attack. Can't consistently turn the corner as an edge rusher, and is not natural or smooth when working in coverage.
OVERVIEW: Started every game while at Arizona State at defensive end, and finished career with 31 sacks, 45 tackles for loss, and 10 forced fumbles. But he's an undersized pass rusher that will need to move to linebacker.
NFL FORECAST: He's a bit of a project. You like his production as a pass rusher in college, but he'd be limited as a situational guy at the next level. Even then, he'd have to bulk up in order to have a significant role on a team. As a linebacker, he's got the athleticism and speed to convert there. But he's going to need time to develop and get comfortable playing the run in space and working in coverage. He's not a player that is likely to impact heavily his first few years in the league, playing mostly specail teams as he learns the linebacker position. But down the road, he could be a decent reserve with some starting potential. Probably won't ever be more than an average starter, but teams will like his pass rush ability as a rush end in the 3-4 scheme.
ATL FORECAST: Davis isn't a good fit in Atlanta because he's not a natural enough linebacker prospect to expect to impact there, and he's too small as a defensive end to impact there. He's a tweener that doesn't offer much upside or ability to impact early at either position.
VALUE: He could make a nice late round pick for a 3-4 team. For a team looking for a developmental rush linebacker, the earliest I would take him is the fifth round.
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