Prediction: Round 2 selection. I believe the New Orleans Saints will look elsewhere in the second round and don’t see Davis slipping into the third round. But if he were there and they have not added depth to the interior defensive line, he may be a good selection. He does not add much variety since he is not a hybrid nose or outside linebacker. Will fill a specific role on a team but maybe not the Saints.
Draft Profile of Carl Davis
Powerful and surprisingly quick player who can keep blockers busy, allowing linebackers through. Is not easily moved from his spot. Commands a double team. Noticeable improvement with hands from 2013 to 2014. Shows ability to win with hands and shed blockers. Fast off the ball with leverage. Strong punch off the snap with power to get arm extension and shed. Uses effective club move as a pass rusher. Has a spin move he’ll use to disengage from contact. Smart player with strong hands. (Played basketball and track in high school).
Plays best near the line of scrimmage and does not have a large range he can cover–short area defender. Can be uninspired when fatigued and maybe lazy in pursuit. As is the case with most college tackles, can play too high and lose leverage.
NFL COMPARISON: C.J. Mosley (Lions) and Domata Peko
The following is a composite of several draft reports on this prospect. Our sources were CBSSports, NFL, Mike Detillier, Mike Loyko and OurLads.