2017 NFL DRAFT

Shiro Davis, DE

School: Texas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Shreveport, LA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 267 lbs.
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Player Overview

A four-star defensive end recruit coming out of Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, La., Torshiro "Shiro" Davis was ranked the 12th best defensive end and 77th best player overall by ESPNU.

Davis was considered a huge win for then-Texas coach Mack Brown, though he ended up behind Cedric Reed, Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat at defensive end for most of his collegiate career.

As a freshman in 2012, Shiro played in seven games as a reserve defensive end and special teamer with his first action coming in the Baylor rivalry in which he had a quarterback pressure. Davis played in all 13 games his sophomore and junior years, posting 15 tackles, 4.0 for loss, and one sack as a sophomore and 22 tackles, 5.0 for loss, and he tied for fifth on the team in sacks with 3.5 as a junior.

His senior season looked to be a hopeful coming-out party for Davis after having a great camp and he was named the starting weak-side end. Davis suffered a knee injury against OSU in Week 4 of the season and after missing one game (vs. TCU), he finished the year as a reserve on both the weak and strong sides. He finished the 2015 season with 29 tackles, 5.5 for loss, with 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Seeing brief freshman teammate linebacker Cecil Cherry transfer after only days within the Longhorns program reminded Davis of his freshman season, when he contemplated leaving UT to return back to his home state of Louisiana. He said it wasn't easy to see himself behind older guys like Okafor and Reggie Wilson, both with a year of eligibility remaining, and Jeffcoat and Reed with two years of eligibility remaining. Not wanting to be seen as a quitter to his teammates, Davis remained with the Longhorns and eventually developed into a starter as a senior until his injury.

Thought to be one of the better pass rushers for the Longhorns entering the 2015 season, Davis showed flashes of pass rush ability with an impressive burst on outside speed rushes and strong run defense while starting the first four games of the season. In those four games, he racked up 16 tackles, 3.0 for loss, 1.0 sack, a forced fumble, and a QB pressure that led to an interception.

Though solid in his play, Davis did not put up the desired sack totals for a starting weak-side end, the likely reason he never regained his starting role after suffering a minor knee injury against OSU in Week 4, causing him to miss one game. He wrapped up his senior year as a rotational end off the bench for the remaining seven games putting up 13 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble and four quarterback hurries over that span.

Although raw with limited experience (eight career college starts), Davis has the talent, raw physical strength and athletic ability to take him to the next level. Davis showed the ability to get to the QB with a very good speed rush on predetermined pass rushing plays, though he needs to work on being more combative with his hands and develop counter moves for when unable to make the corner.

He excels vs the run with great hand placement inside on blockers while extending his long arms to keep linemen at bay while maintaining leverage. He has very good awareness of the play, keeping his eyes up and reading the play as it develops.

Davis does a great job consistently setting the edge, not allowing blockers to get outside position on him, and forcing runners back inside. On runs to the opposite side of the field, he does a great job of maintaining his position outside to defend possible reverses. He needs to have consistent effort play to play, clearly gearing up for some while going through the motions on others and not always showing a sense of urgency to hustle to the ball.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good looking frame with long arms, big hands, muscular yet toned build with a strong lower and upper body. His athletic ability includes solid agility, acceleration and ability to change direction, coupled with good balance and explosiveness, showing flashes of very good explosiveness particularly on predetermined pass rush plays where he is able to react on the centers snap, bursting into an outside speed rush.

Has the ability to get by linemen on the edge with his speed rush coupled with decent bend and flexibility to get around the corner. Occasionally able to convert his speed into strength when unable to get the edge on the speed rush, forcing his way to the QB via a decent bull rush move collapsing the pocket in the process.

Tends to play tall, though very aware of the play, keeping his eyes up and in the backfield when in run defense while dominating inside hand positioning on most plays, keeping his arms fully extended allowing him to disengage and pursue the runner. Does an excellent job of securing the edge, not allowing blockers to get to his outside shoulder, forcing the runners to cut inside. While also displaying great positioning in backside containment during runs away from him, in order to defend reverses.

Stays in his assigned gap when stunting inside, trusting his teammates to do the same. His strong lower body allows him to hold his ground and gain leverage on inside runs and take on double teams with little or no ground given up. Has position flexibility, with experience at both weak- and strong-side end, occasionally lining up as the three-technique tackle in obvious passing situations.

WEAKNESSES: Davis' most apparent weakness is consistent effort as he tends to take plays off, seeming to just go through the motions and not hustling downfield on completed passes or plays that are away from him. Does not show the same burst off the line consistently, appearing to gear up for some plays while playing in neutral on others. Can see a clear difference when going 100 percent.

Though very strong vs. the run with both technique and effort, he tends to lunge at the ballcarrier when disengaging from a blocker instead of closing in and securely wrapping him up. Lacks the body flexibility to bend around the corner at an elite level, struggling in pass rush if unable to make the corner with his speed rush. When unable to get the corner, he relies solely on a bull rush, showing little activity with his hands or ability to combat and setup alternative moves.

IN OUR VIEW: If Davis can raise some eyebrows at the Combine or his pro day with his athleticism, he could be selected as a 4-3 end in the late rounds, though a poor showing could see him signing with a team as an undrafted free agent. He will likely need to contribute on special teams right away and take advantage of preseason opportunities.

Davis could develop into a rotational 4-3 end with his strength being his ability to stop the run, with an occasional impact on pass rushing situations. He would benefit most from being be paired with a coach that will keep him motivated to give consistent effort and help him further develop his pass rushing skills.

COMPARES TO: Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys: Though Davis has a much lower ceiling and will not be taken nearly as high in the draft, Davis physically resembles Lawrence with his body size, shape and physique coupled with strong play versus the run with the ability to get to the quarterback on occasion. Both previously viewed as soft, Lawrence in his year with the Cowboys and Davis during his senior year at UT, seemed to have shed that label in 2015. Texas coach Charlie Strong even went as far to say that Davis was playing with a "Don't mess with me attitude."

--Spencer Hall (@SpinnerHall) (12/21/15)

 
 
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