NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
As we patiently wait for the Patriots playoff game, I continue my look at the Cornerback class for the upcoming NFL draft. Over the past few weeks, I have given you my thoughts on a half dozen or so Cornerback prospects, but today’s prospect is a bit unique. Read on to find out more about Maryland’s Sean Davis.
When will I learn? This will be the second time I write this report because I underestimated the destructive power of a three year old. I should have known better and saved my work, that is computer 101 and I payed the price for it. So here I am, now a day later retyping this and hoping I can duplicate the masterpiece that was the first draft. Anyways, on with the report.
Name: Sean Davis (#21)
School: Maryland (Sr.)
Weight: 202 Lbs.
Davis possesses ideal height and length for the Cornerback position. He has long arms and thick shoulders. Davis is an aggressive downhill player that can fight through blocks to make tackles. He keeps his head up and is very good at squaring up the ball carrier and making good open field tackles. He shows quick feet and good closing speed. Davis has experience at both Safety and Cornerback positions, giving him a lot of position flexibility entering the NFL. Although inconsistent, he shows a natural ability to turn his head and look for the ball, and this improved as the season went on. Davis shows the ability to make plays on the ball as well, with 3 interception and 5 forced fumbles his Senior year.
Right now, Davis plays better with the ball in front of him and when he can come downhill. He needs to work on his footwork and technique in coverage. He can get turned around and lose his man on combination routes. He tends to get high in his backpedal and is struggles in his transition, but more from a technique standpoint rather than stiffness. In coverage, Davis can get too aggressive with his hands which lead to penalties. Not necessarily a negative, but he might be better suited as a Safety rather than corner, at least to start his career.
There is a lot to like about Davis. He has great size and although he is raw, you can see the athleticism to play corner down the road. He is very aggressive coming downhill and is a very good open field tackler. On tape, you can see his lack of experience at corner as his footwork and his awareness get him in trouble at times, but there was marked improvement over the course of the season. I think Belichick would love his versatility and his size, speed combination. Davis reminds me a lot of Eric Rowe from last years draft. For me, he is a fringe day 2/day 3 guy. He will be one guy I am very interested in watching at the Senior Bowl in the drills and might move up a little more after his testing.