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Anthony Davis

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 323 | College: Rutgers
 
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Overview

Considered to be one of finest athletes in the 2010 NFL Draft, Davis has the long wingspan, large hands, balance and body control teams look for in a quality pass protector. With his ability to come off the snap at a low pad level, along with his lateral agility, he could even be considered a potential pulling guard at the next level.

Davis has drawn comparisons to Jacksonville's Eugene Monroe (Virginia), due to his athleticism. He has shown flashes of brilliance on the football field. Teams just hope that as he matures, both on and off the field, that he will begin to show the consistency that his athletic potential displays. He has made more of an effort in recent years, especially in controlling his weight issues.

Davis originally joined the Rutgers program as a 363-pound freshman, but worked hard prior to the 2009 to maintain his weight, pleasing teams when he arrived in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine and checked in at 323. Still, most teams felt that he could have used another year of experience at the collegiate level mastering the art of playing the demanding left offensive tackle position.

Davis attended Piscataway High School, where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line. He was named first-team All-American by USA Today and competed in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his senior season. He received a four-star recruit rating from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service rated him the fifth-best offensive guard in the nation and the top prospect in the state of New Jersey.

When Davis chose to enroll at Rutgers instead of accepting a scholarship offer from Ohio State, he became the first top prospect from the state of New Jersey to perform for the Scarlet Knights during head coach Greg Schiano's tenure. As a true freshman, he played in every game, moving into the starting lineup vs. Syracuse, where he remained with the first unit for the final eight contests.

Davis was named Freshman All-American first-team by the Football Writers Association, Rivals.com and The Sporting News. He was also selected Freshman All-Big East Conference by Rivals and was a third-team All-Big East pick by Phil Steele's in 2007.

As a sophomore, Davis shifted to left offensive tackle, earning second-team All-Big East Conference accolades. He started the first three contests before being suspended for the Morgan State clash due to a violation of team rules. He returned to start the final nine contests, as he produced 80 knockdowns and twelve touchdown-resulting blocks.

Because of previous weight issues, Davis was given a reporting date weight to attain prior to reporting to 2009 August camp, but when he reported to camp overweight, Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano said there were "consequences." The junior was demoted to the second unit. Asked if Davis is far off conditioning-wise, Schiano said, "No he'll get it." The Scarlet Knights coach added, "In the NFL you get fined a $1,000 a pound. Here I can't do that."

Starting right tackle Kevin Haslam moved to left tackle, while backup Howard Barbieri filled in at Haslam's spot. "It's not a move-him-there and move-him-back," Schiano said. "We moved Kevin over to left tackle for a reason, because we're going to make sure we have five guys who do everything right. I have no hesitation and no doubt that Anthony will get it right. It's just, right now it's not."

Davis, a preseason All-American and Outland Trophy candidate, said he channeled his frustration into his efforts to make weight. "For a second I was frustrated," he said. "I just put all of that frustration and me being upset to the side and chopped away at what was in front of me."

This was Davis' second weight-related issue in three years, but he said one has nothing to do with the other. As a freshman he reported to school at 363 pounds. "That was me being a fat kid," he said. "I wasn't 360 when I got to camp (this year)." Davis sidestepped a question about his demotion serving as a source of motivation. "Being lighter can make you a better offensive lineman," he said.

Davis again ran afoul of the coaching staff as a junior, as he was benched for the start of the 2009 Army clash before injuries on the line forced the head coach to re-insert him back into the lineup. Even though he was not the team leader in blocking consistency grades (82.58 percent), knockdowns (89) or touchdown-resulting blocks, his reputation as an athlete saw the Walter Camp Foundation honor him with All-American second-team honors. The league coaches only named him to the All-Big East second-team.

After playing in the St. Petersburg Bowl, Davis announced that he would not return to Rutgers and was entering the 2010 NFL Draft. "I just love to play at that level," Davis said of the NFL. "So it doesn't matter where I end up, as long as I get to play."

At the time that Davis announced his intention, head coach Greg Schiano told the media gathering, "Anthony's ready. He and I have talked many times. I mean, this has been a lifelong dream for him. There's no doubt in my mind that he's ready and that he'll be dominant in that league."

Analysis

Pass blocking: Hard to beat on the corner from a two-point stance, using a strong upper body to engulf smaller defensive ends. Prototypical kick-slide. Very strong anchor. Adjusts to twists and late blitzes off the edge. Could use a bit more knee bend and maintain better posture, as he will bend from the waist and lunge. Recovery speed is questionable; struggles to get his weight moving back toward the line once out of kick-slide. Has a strong armbar, though, that buys a bit more time when he's beaten.

Run blocking: Strong initial punch; very difficult to push him back off the line. Has the strength and footwork to seal the edge and turn his man out of the hole. Inconsistent keeping his feet moving after initial pop; can dominate his man when he does but often relies too much on his punch to stop the defender.

Pulling/trapping: Displays the quick feet and body control to excel when pulling and trapping, often pushing his guard out of the way when both are on the move. Flexible and agile enough to hit his target and strong enough sustain. Usually just takes out the man in front of him, and may have trouble adjusting to playing coming from inside.

Initial Quickness: Good, not great, off the snap, but makes up for it with a strong initial pop as a pass protector and run blocker. When his target is in sight, he gets to him quickly and usually wins the battle.

Downfield: Gets to linebackers well, knowing his angle and physically dominating most players once engaged. Will bend at the waist at times, allowing better defenders to shed him to make a play as the ballcarrier goes by. Likes to be part of or clean up piles downfield. Usually follows a play downfield to help, but doesn't always hit a target.

Intangibles: Davis' competitive fire and effort have not been as consistent as you'd like for a top prospect. Suspended one game for violating team rules in 2008. Benched for a quarter (but had to report earlier due to injury) against Army in October 2009 because he missed a team meeting. Has had issues maintaining weight, even being demoted to second team before his senior year for reporting overweight. Came to Rutgers as a 363-pound freshman.

NFL Comparison: Chris Williams, Bears

Career Notes

Davis started 32-of-38 games he appeared in for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights, including nine contests at right offensive guard and 23 at left tackle … Since moving out to the edge, he recorded 169 knockdowns with 21 touchdown-resulting blocks and 13 downfield blocks … Compiled an 81.75% grade for blocking consistency as a left tackle, as he was penalized five times on 1,527 offensive snaps … Allowed 6.5 quarterback sacks and eight pressures on 699 pass plays.

2009 Season

All-American first-team selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, earning third-team honors from The Sporting News … All-Big East Conference second-team choice by the league's coaches … Started twelve games at left offensive tackle, losing a starting assignment vs. Army when he was temporarily suspended for the first quarter of that contest due to a team rules violation (missed a team meeting) … Registered a career-high 89 knockdowns, as he delivered nine touchdown-resulting blocks and six downfield blocks, but he was penalized four times, as he also allowed two quarterback sacks and five pressures … Compiled an 82.58% grade for blocking consistency, as he scored 85% or better in four contests, including a season-best 91% in the Louisville clash.

2008 Season

Earned first-team All-Big East Conference honors from the media and second-team accolades from the league's coaches … Member of the Outland Trophy preseason watch list … Shifted to left offensive tackle, starting the first three games … Was suspended for a team rules violation vs. Morgan State, but returned to start the final nine games on the schedule … Helped the Scarlet Knights lead the conference and rank 18th in the nation in passing, as Rutgers averaged 270.38 yards per game … Produced 80 knockdowns with 12 touchdown-resulting blocks and seven downfield blocks, grading 80.92% for blocking consistency … Was penalized once and allowed two sacks with five quarterback pressures on 394 pass plays … Was utilized as a fullback for several plays vs. South Florida, delivered a key block on defensive end George Selvie to clear the way for a touchdown run by tailback Joe Martinek … Davis also assisted in tackling Quan Sturdivant after the defender intercepted a Rutgers pass attempt and returned it 57 yards before the left tackle and fellow lineman, Kevin Haslam tackled the North Carolina opponent … In the third quarter of the PapaJohns.com Bowl vs. North Carolina State, Davis tried an unsuccessful pass attempt to receiver Tiquan Underwood on the first play of the second half.

2007 Season

Davis received Freshman All-American first-team honors from the Football Writers Association, The Sporting News and Rivals.com, adding second-team accolades from Scout.com … Rivals also selected him for the Freshman All-Big East Conference team …

Shared right offensive guard duties with Kevin Haslam until Haslam hurt his ankle, as Davis was inserted into the starting lineup vs. Syracuse and stood there for the final eight contests.

Injury Report

2008: Davis sprained his ankle in April, and missed the spring game, as the coaching staff sidelined him as a precaution.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.38 in the 40-yard dash … 1.90 10-yard dash … 3.12 20-yard dash … 4.85 20-yard shuttle … 7.96 three-cone drill … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 8'5" broad jump … Bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times … 34-inch arm length … 10 1/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Piscataway (N.J.) High School, playing football for head coach Dan Higgins …

The three-year starter on the offensive line was named first-team All-American by USA Today and competed in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his senior season … Also received a four-star recruit rating from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service rated him the fifth-best offensive guard in the nation and the top prospect in the state of New Jersey.

Personal

Criminal Justice major … Born 10/11/89 … Resides in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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Latest News
04/25/2010 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 1/11 -- Anthony Davis, OT, 6-5, 323, Rutgers: The 49ers had to fill a need at right tackle, and they took no chances. Even though neither of the teams ahead of the 49ers were in the market for a tackle, the 49ers dealt a fourth-round pick to trade up two spots to get Davis.

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