Pros: Has good size and the strength to hold the point of attack. Has a decent first step and wants to be an edge rusher. Has nice burst upfield and can shoot gaps. Has a good motor.
Cons: Has trouble getting off blocks and can be inconsistent defending the run. Lacks pass rush moves and won't beat you if he doesn't beat you off the snap. Needs to improve his recognition.
Overview: Davis plays primarily in the 5-technique in Cal's 3-4 defense. He has the potential to play DE in both the 4-3 and 3-4. Spent 3 years in the Marines and 2 years in junior college before coming to Cal. Has been nicked up by numerous injuries. Missed second half of 2006 to leg injury and illness. Missed 7 games in 2007 due to knee and foot injury. Missed 5 games in 2008 due to foot injury. He'll be 26 in June.
NFL Forecast: As of now, Davis fits a bit better in the 4-3 than 3-4. But he can continue playing in that scheme at the next level if he gets bigger. Probably needs to put on another 10 pounds to be successful there. In a 4-3, he can be a two-down end and move inside on passing downs. He's a bit of a project that needs to improve his technique, but ﬂashes good ability and potential to be a starter. Probably won't ever be a star, but should be a decent starter that does his best work vs. the run. He'll also need to prove he can stay healthy.
ATL Forecast: Davis would be a nice addition to the Falcons and could eventually take over for Chauncey Davis as the starting LDE in a number of years. He's got a bit more potential as an edge rusher, but needs to add some pass rush moves to overtake Chauncey. But he can definitely at the very least help the Falcons in the rotation, and would be an upgrade over Anderson as the backup. He could stick and then in two or three years be a starter, although he'll be close to 30 then. He'll probably only ever be a 3-5 sack guy, but that's fine.
Value: Davis is a middle round pick. A 3-4 team might take him in the fourth round because of his potential there, but a 4-3 team should probably take him in the fifth round.
Scouting Reports of defensive ends in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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