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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Davon House

| | College: New Mexico State
 
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Overview

The WAC has produced a cornerback in the top 100 picks in four of the past five drafts, including Kyle Wilson, the Boise State product picked in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Jets. Wilson's fellow cornerback on the all-conference first-team last season was House, a three-year starter from California who has scouts flocking to Las Cruces this fall.

House stepped in as a true freshman to play in all 12 games, starting several when injuries hurt the secondary, quickly letting WAC quarterbacks know it wasn't wise to throw to his side; he had 37 tackles, two for loss, intercepted four passes and eight breakups on the season. He put up similar numbers in 2008 despite being avoided regularly (40 tackles, two interceptions, six pass breakups), then really broke out with the all-conference performance, leading the WAC in interceptions (three) and breakups (13) while making 68 stops. House returned one of his picks for a touchdown and returned a fumble 38 yards for a score.

Comparisons between House and Wilson will play out throughout the draft process, but they are different players. House projects as a man press corner on the outside (though he could play zone) because of his height and speed. Wilson also stepped up at Senior Bowl practices, cementing his status as a top-40 prospect. If House runs as expected and performs well at an all-star game, teams will project him as a starter capable of shutting down NFL receivers.

Analysis

Read & React: Has adequate reaction time and instincts on the outside. Explodes into ballcarriers on outside runs but can also be a step late supporting against the run or stopping his pedal to get to receivers on stop routes. Maintains contact with his man on misdirection plays; can recover from double moves quickly. Very good hand-eye reaction time to pick off bobbled passes and knock away passes at the last second.

Man Coverage: His best asset, as he uses his size, speed and length to adeptly handle outside responsibilities in man coverage. Good backpedal and quick feet to wait until his man makes a move inside or outside. Runs with any receiver down the sideline and maintains contact to prevent separation. Tight coverage forces quarterbacks to often go in another direction or take a sack. Good ball skills; times his jumps well if quarterbacks test him deep and looks to return the ball as far as possible after making a pick.

Zone Coverage: Plays a lot of man coverage but shows promise as a productive NFL zone corner. Solid tackler who can plant and drive to stop receivers after the catch and support the run when playing off the line. Stays cognizant of the quarterback in the end zone, will come off his man to make a play on the ball. Must prove he has the discipline to come off receivers leaving his area so quarterbacks don't throw behind him into the vacated area.

Closing/Recovery: Closes on the ball very well whether it is in the air or he's bringing down receivers to prevent yards after catch. Is sometimes turned around by double moves or outside-in head fakes, but recovers quickly to get back into the play. Time his jumps well when going up for the ball. Needs to tighten up his steps when transitioning forward from his pedal.

Run Support: Looks the part of a physical corner who will get the job done in run support. Flashes the ability to stay low and square to wrap up elusive ballcarriers in the flat. Gets outside angle on receiver to force plays inside, and can rip off blocks with his long arms, but must have more consistent urgency to get to the ball. Will stand around piles instead of inserting himself.

Tackling: Effective as a wrap and cut tackler against receivers and running backs. Generally gets the thighs of ballcarriers on cut tackles to bring him them down. Willing to lower a shoulder to hit a back, even if it's a bit late. Impressive chasing to the opposite side of the field, using his speed and the angle to track them down before they reach the end zone. Also capable of chasing down running backs from behind if they get outside him to the sideline.

Intangibles: Coaches have no issues with his work ethic. Has gained bulk in the weight room during his time at NMSU. Did not play football until his junior year of high school, focused on baseball before that. Hasn't missed a game in his Aggies career.

2010 Season

In 2010, House led the team with two interceptions, 57 tackles and 10 pass break ups. House, a native of Palmdale, Calif., ended his career with NM State ranked sixth all-time in interceptions for a career with 11 and first in interception return yardage with 319. He returned three interceptions for a touchdown in his career, tallying 198 tackles, 46 pass break ups and three fumble recoveries.

2009 Season

Played in all 13 games for the Aggies in 2009 at the defensive back position. House was named a first team All-WAC selection, after leading the league and the Aggies in passes defended and interceptions. House also broke the school record for most interception return yards for a career. He tallied 68 tackles on the season and three interceptions. House also recorded two touchdowns on the year, one interception return for a touchdown against Hawai'i (11/14) and the other a fumble recovery and return for a touchdown at Louisiana Tech (10/17). With his fumble return for a touchdown and interception return for a touchdown, House became the first Aggie player to do both during a single season since Gary Jessie accomplished this feat back in the mid-1990s. House also proved to be in the right place at the right time for interceptions in his career.

He has nine to his name, which ranks him ninth all-time at NM State. With the 58-yard interception return against Hawai'i, House broke the school record for interception return yardage held for 28 years by James Ferebee (1978-81). House now has 271 interception return yards. At San Diego State (10/3), House grabbed seven tackles and his first interception of the season. Two games later, at Louisiana Tech, House scooped up a fumble and returned it 38 yards for his first career fumble return for a touchdown. Against Hawai'i, House recorded his second interception of the season, returning it 58 yards for his second touchdown of the season. He also broke the school record for interception return yardage for a career with that interception return. At Boise State (12/5), House tallied a career-high nine tackles including a career-game high four pass break-ups. House was also named a 2009 Phil Steele's Postseason All-WAC selection.

2008 Season

Started all 12 games for the Aggies at the left defensive back spot in 2008. On the season, House recorded 40 tackles, a tackle-for-a-loss, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. House opened the season with an eight-tackle performance at Nebraska (9/13), followed by a six-tackle performance against New Mexico (9/27), along with an interception. At UTEP (9/20), House had just one tackle but a fumble recovery that helped the Aggies pull out the win. In the Aggies' win at Nevada (10/11), House tallied six tackles and his second interception of the season, returning the interception 42 yards. He finished up the season with seven tackles at Utah State (11/29).

2007 Season

House was the Aggies starting defensive back in 13 games in 2007 as a true freshman. He finished the season with 37 tackles, 21 solo efforts, eight pass break-ups, two tackles-for-a-loss, four interceptions with 171 return yards, 94 kick-off return yards and 283 yards of all-purpose yardage. His four interceptions led the team and his 171 interception return yards broke the school record that was set back in 1981. Against UTEP (9/15) House recorded four tackles. His most impactful game came against Idaho (10/20) when he recorded two interceptions, returning one for 100 yards for his first career touchdown. House tied the school record for the longest interception return for a touchdown. He later intercepted his second pass of the game, returning that for 64 yards and also broke the school record for most interception return yards in a game. Against Hawai'i (10/27) House record a season-high six tackles and his third interception of the season. He would add another interception against Nevada (11/2) along with three tackles. Versus San Jose State (10/11) he tallied five tackles and pass break-up. Against Fresno State (11/30) in the season finale, House recorded two tackles, a tackle-for-a-loss and a season-high three pass break-ups.

High School

House helped the Palmdale Falcons to a 9-2 overall record in 2006, as the Falcons won their fifth Golden League Championships. He was named an all-Golden League selection and an all-CIF pick in 2006. House was also an all-Golden League pick in 2006. He also participated in the Next Level All-Star Game and was named the games MVP. House was also an all-Golden League selection in Baseball and Track & Field.

Personal

Davon is the son of Kevin and Sheltne House. He is undecided in his major.

 
Latest News
03/26/2011 - New Mexico State Pro day: Eight teams were on hand at New Mexico State's pro day, with CB Davon House being the main attraction. Nine players worked out Friday on FieldTurf, with House turning in a 4.35 40-yard dash after being measured at 6-foot 1/2, 195 pounds. He also had a 9-1 broad jump, but stood on his other combine numbers. Bears defensive backs coach Gill Byrd put House through a good workout. The strength of House's game is his speed covering receivers downfield. House picked off 11 balls in college, but his agent, Kenny Zuckerman, said his production dropped last season (two interceptions) because he battled an ankle sprain. At this point, House is a third- or fourth-round prospect. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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