Scouting Report: Davis is a man mountain. He's built exactly the way I would want an offensive lineman to be built. I love that he's bigger than the typical OT prospect, weighing in around 325lbs, instead of the oversized TE's. He's tall and has massive wingspan, and his lower body is built for leverage. I assumed going into the season Davis would be dominant all year, declare for the draft and be a high first round pick. But his season has been up and down, and now his draft stock and him declaring is in question. In terms of run blocking, Davis is without peer in this draft. He's got great strength and even better leverage and just trucks defensive lineman and the best part is he finishes his blocks. I mean on the ground finishes the block. He's an adequate pass protector, but doesn't have great lateral movement, and that first drop step is a little slow meaning he can get beat by the speed rush. He tends to set up outside to account for it, and then try and overpower the rusher if he comes inside. Let me say that Davis is not unathletic, but there is a tradeoff for his superior size.
Draft Status: This season hasn't been great for Davis. He got benched for being a few minutes late for a team lunch and had to sit down 2 series, and overall his level of play just hasn't been what it was as a sophomore. He's playing a little bigger, which is part of the reason, so if he is hoping to play LT in the NFL, he may need to trim down a little, and get his quickness up. If he should declare, he's probably a late first, early 2nd round pick, unless he has a remarkable offseason.
Final Analysis: Seems to me, Davis has a great future in the NFL but not at left tackle. He's just not as quick and athletic as teams want, and to account for the tremendous speed we are seeing on defense. I think he could end up a great right tackle, because of his ability to run block. Davis is going to draw the occasional false start trying not to lose to speed rushers, and with any giant side of beef, maintaining his conditioning will be an issue. Also, I wouldn't rule out Davis at LG, where his ability to operate in tight spaces, and maximize that power and push would be optimal. He's certainly athletic enough to pull from left guard and that would be huge especially for a run heavy team. A team that wants a dominant run blocker who plays with great knee bend and leverage and looks to be able to move around the line, will be more than pleased with Davis.
Reminds me of: Phil Loadholt, OT Minnesota Vikings - Davis isn't quite the piece of real estate that Loadholt is, but they are very similar players. Tremendous run blockers, average pass protectors, and Loadholt has moved from college LT to RT in Minnesota and clears the way for Adrian Peterson just like he did in college. Both have power, leverage and strength and same sorts of shortcomings like their ability to work the second level and that quick first step.
Red Flags: Weight/Conditioning
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy