Player: Devron Davis - UTSA
College Position: CB (Boundary/Slides Inside On Some Nickel Packages)
Pro Position: CB (Nickel. Continued Development Could lead to boundary work. Special Teams candidate)
Best Qualities: Ball Skills, Tackling, Mirroring Ability, Play Strength, Block Shedding, Athletic Ability
Worst Qualities: Line of Scrimmage Skills, Stiff Hips, Long Speed, Level of Competition
Round Projection: Will vary based on athletic measurements at Pro-Day (did not receive combine invitation). Has met with multiple team directors. If he posts athletic scores he states he has in private workouts, could do a 4th round grade. Possible 7th-UDFA player.
Boundary corner who wins with physicality and ball skills. Will need further coaching to improve technique for elite NFL competition. Mental acuity to play in zone and possesses good mirror ability to play M2M. Play Strength, open field tackling and ability to block shed make him a reliable defender on run downs. Year 1 Special Teamer who can provide snaps in nickel packages as he is developed.
Summary of Abilities:
Former JUCO player who spent two years with Coach Frank Wilson at UTSA. Saw 20 games in two seasons. Received offers from Alabama and LSU, but chose to follow Coach Frank out of loyalty (his words) to UTSA when Coach Frank took the job as head coach. Spent majority of playing time as LCB, but also slid down into the Nickel role inside on occasion.
A former RB, Frame is thick with good arm length and girth in his hips/shoulders that allow him to be physical with receivers. Very good athlete who still is working on catching technique up with his athletic ability. Physical at the line of scrimmage with good play strength to punch and disrupt receiver timing. Plays with very good mental awareness and burst on shorter routes (flair/screen/dig/hitch) and is able to drive to attack the ballcarrier/ball.
Adequate change of direction ability can cause him to lose leverage at the top of receiver’s stem and backpedal can ride high. Smaller, shiftier receivers give him trouble if he’s unable to engage at the line. With marginal hip fluidity can get stuck in receiver’s break leaving him exposed on Comeback/Slant routes. Closing speed and acceleration are good which allows him to limit yards after catch. Shows the ability to mirror the receiver on outside release and shade to the sideline on longer routes to close throwing lanes and tighten windows. At times can struggle with elite top end speed and has a tendency to grab to slow receivers down.
Very good ball skills using his thicker frame and length to body out receivers and high point the football. Turns to track ball in air and locates in flight. Adequate mental processing in zone as more complicated passing schemes will take advantage of him at times. Will need continued reps to improve here. Keys run well and disengages from blocks to secure the edge and maintains containment. Very sure tackler in the open field who takes good angles and wraps and takes to the ground.
Depending on where his final grade ends up falling, Davis could be a potential small school pick up for the New Orleans Saints that follows a long tradition of those players getting shots over P5 schools in the later rounds of the draft.
Davis won’t threaten Marshon Lattimore or Ken Crawley for a starting position, but with development could become a reliable option in the nickel and a boundary corner in a pinch. His size and speed could also make for a nice special team player.
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