2015 NFL DRAFT

Carl Davis, DT

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Detroit, MI
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 320 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
5362

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.072.911.73- 338'7"4.477.91
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Excellent blend of size, strength and athleticism. Plays with excellent base strength and isn't an easy player to move, handling double-teams well and not allowing himself to be swallowed up by blockers.

Has a strong upper body to stack-and-shed with power to control blocks and force the issue, showing accurate hand placement to latch-and-toss. He is surprisingly light on his feet, closing quickly when he locates and has a lane.

WEAKNESSES: While Davis looks overpowering, too often he plays small. More of a short-area defender with only average body control and redirection technique and while he shows good knee bend and flexibility, he often struggles with leverage issues. Bad habit of standing up, negating his power and getting pushed back.

In Our View: An inconsistent, but intriguing plugger, Davis has improved the past two seasons as a starter in Iowa City and although he's not very flashy, he's stout and built well to force the issue. He has initial quickness and brute power to be effective, but the key for him is consistent leverage - too easily stood up when his pads rise off the snap, but also tough to stop when he stays low with proper pad level. Projecting best as a one-technique or tilted nose tackle, Davis won't make an impact on the stat sheet, but should play in the NFL for a long time because of his ability to two-gap in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme - not a player of high value, but has the skill-set to be a valuable contributor at the next level.

Compares To: Domata Peko, Bengals - Like Peko, Davis is ideally-suited as a one-technique tackle with the power to handle double-teams and the quickness to penetrate the backfield or make plays away from the line of scrimmage.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A three star defensive tackle recruit out of high school, Davis committed to Iowa over offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois, redshirting in 2010.

He battled knee injuries in 2011 and saw limited action in only six games as a redshirt freshman. He was a back-up sophomore defensive tackle in 2012, recording 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Davis started all 13 games in 2013 as a junior, finishing with 42 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. He again started all 13 games as a senior in 2014, recording 36 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Davis accepted his invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl.

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05/05/2015 - The Ravens are banking on former Minnesota All-American tight end Maxx Williams making an impact as a rookie. The Ravens need help at the position with tight end Dennis Pitta's future uncertain due to recurring hip injuries. The team traded up three spots in the second round to land Williams with the 55th overall selection, sending their 58th overall pick in the second round and a fifth-round pick, 158th overall, to the Arizona Cardinals. "When you look at a lot of successful offenses in this league, they have got multiple tight ends," Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. "That was a big priority for us going into this draft. We spent a lot of time talking about tight ends, how to find tight ends, and this was our favorite guy in the draft. I quite honestly never dreamed he would be there for us in that range of players. We thought he'd be gone, conceivably in the first round." The Ravens drafted Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis in the third round with the 90th overall selection.

Williams could quickly emerge as a starter for the Ravens, who lost Owen Daniels to the Denver Broncos in free agency via a three-year, $12 million contract. The Ravens were unwilling to pay big money to free-agent tight ends Scott Chandler and Rob Housler. "My heart was pumping all day," Williams said during a conference call. "I was just kind of waiting for my name to get called and my phone to ring, and got more and more excited. I was fortunate enough to hear my phone ring and I'm a Raven." Williams is expected to work in tandem with returning tight end Crockett Gillmore, who's primarily known for his blocking. Meanwhile, Pitta's future remains in serious doubt. "We felt like the tight end was someone we really wanted," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "This offense we'll be running is very tight end friendly." - The Sports Xchange

 

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