Tag:Anthony Davis
Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:40 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 10:41 pm

San Francisco building their running game

The San Francisco 49ers might be pulling away from the competition in the wide-open NFC West with their reinforcements along the offensive line.

While the general perception among NFL followers might be that the 49ers have enjoyed a stout rushing attack with Frank Gore, San Francisco had struggled in short yardage situations and wanted to get more physical up front.

The team aggressively moved up for former Rutgers' tackle Anthony Davis with 11th pick, swapping with the Denver Broncos. Davis, who some offensive line coaches feel has the most upside as a pass blocker in this draft, gives San Francisco as athletic a pair of offensive tackles as there is in the league with Joe Staley.

The concern with Davis has been maturity. Considering the gains head coach Mike Ditka Singletary has made with Vernon Davis, he could be one of the best able to motivate him to achieve his potential.

Mike Iupati, however, might be the more intriguing pick due to his ability to generate movement in short yardage situations. For all of his hype, Iupati was exposed a bit at the Senior Bowl for some struggles in pass protection. Considering the athleticism of San Francisco's tackles, however, his limited flexibility and reliance on his upper body strength as a pass blocker can be effectively contained.

Posted on: March 16, 2010 4:35 pm

Rutgers OT Anthony Davis will try again 3/30

Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis, considered by some scouts to be this year's best all-around OL propsect, will be working out for scouts on campus March 30, according to an email sent by his agent to NFL teams.

The 6-5, 323 pound Davis elected to leave Rutgers after his junior season after being given a first round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee. While team's love his combination of size and agility, Davis has a history of letting his weight get the better of him. Concerns about his commitment were further flamed when Davis struggled in interviews and the workout session at the Combine.

Davis was expected to be the star of Rutgers Pro Day March 10, but was suffering from a hamstring injury and the stomach flu. He arrived at the Pro Day, spoke to some teams, but was told to go home after vomiting, according to a report from NFL.com's Jason La Canfora.

Davis is a better athlete than he appeared during drills at the Combine. While an offensive tackle's time in the 40-yard dash is not necessarily an indicator of his ability to block, scouts weren't pleased that Davis was timed at 5.44 seconds in the event. Only two players who weighed less than Davis were slower. Those two, Texas' Adam Ulatoski and North Carolina's Kyle Jolly are each currently rated as potential undrafted free agents by NFLDraftScout.com.

Posted on: March 10, 2010 6:01 pm

Rutgers OT Anthony Davis unable to workout

I mentioned in an earlier post about how important it was for Rutgers' star offensive tackle Anthony Davis to work out well during today's Pro Day after a disappointing week of interviews and drills during the Combine.

While Davis may have been willing, apparently his stomach was not.

Davis did not work out for scouts during the Rutgers Pro Day today due to complaints about a stomach virus.

I spoke to scouts there who weren't willing to question Davis' integrity, but did admit his inability to work out did put his already slipping stock in an even worse position.

"We had questions about him before. There are some guys at our place who are willling to give him the benefit of the doubt... But damn, sooner or later, you've got to see some fire from this kid."

Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:18 pm

Watch Rutgers Pro Day LIVE at 1:50 EST

With Alabama, Maryland, California, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Washington and Minnesota among the schools hosting Pro Days today, Rutgers University is taking advantage of technology as a way to ensure that their prospects get the attention they deserve -- they're airing the entire Pro Day live on the web.

The Scarlet Knights certainly have the prospects worthy of checking out, not the least of which is junior offensive tackle Anthony Davis , who needs a strong performance today to steady his stock after a surprisingly disappointing performance in interviews and drills at the Combine.

His teammate, cornerback Devin McCourty , on the other hand, was one of the more impressive defensive backs in Indianapolis, but could secure a top 50 grade with another strong performance. Some believe he'll slip into the late first round.

WNBC-4 sports anchor and reporter Bruce Beck will host the three-hour broadcast on ScarletKnights.com. He'll be joined by a panel of four ex-Rutgers, current NFL players, headlined by Baltimore star running back Ray Rice. Guest appearances by head coach Greg Schiano and potentially some NFL decision-makers are also expected.

Kudos to Rutgers for celebrating their athletes and the advances made in technology to allow video of their Pro Day. The secrecy in which some teams hold their Pro Day workouts does not help the athletes nor the university.

The broadcast, which is slated to run for three hours, begins at 1:50 pm Eastern.

For those with the time to watch today's Pro Day, click this link.
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