Davis Looks For Improvement

Former Pitt offensive lineman C.J. Davis did not perform as well as he expected at the NFL Combine in February, but an improved effort at the Panthers' Pro Day this month gave him hope as far as the upcoming NFL Draft is concerned.

C.J. Davis noted that his 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, shuttle run and 225-pound bench press all showed improvement, even if just a little.

"I came in and competed, and I did a lot better than I did at the Combine three weeks ago,'' Davis said. "So, I'm happy with he results. I feel a lot more comfortable back in Pittsburgh. I got a good night's rest, and I did all right.''

Despite his size and power, the 6-foot-3, 308-pound Davis bench pressed 225 pounds for 21 repetitions at the NFL Combine. He believed he could do much better than that and improved to 23 at the Pro Day.

"I thought I could do even better, but I'm happy that I improved,'' Davis said. "There were a lot more people at the Combine, but Shady brought a lot of people to Pro Day. So, he made me look good again. For me, though, how well I perform when I get into somebody's camp, that's going to be the key.

"Teams are looking at me as both a center and a guard, and they know I can play either one. It definitely helped me to move to center this past year. I'm sorry that Robb (Houser) went down with an injury, but I was glad to be able to fill in for him to help the team at center. And that helped me as well.''

Some believe the recruiting process is difficult, but Davis noted that what he's gone through preparing for the NFL Draft has been just as long and stressful.

"It's been tough, but I definitely did better than before,'' Davis said. "So, it's always good to improve your performance. And I'm going to keep working hard to improve even more the next time.

"(And) I'm on track to graduate next month, so that's great. I worked very hard to train for the NFL and to graduate from Pitt. Both are very important, but I've got to get that degree, because football isn't promised to me.''

Davis has lined up several workouts with NFL teams leading up to the Draft April 25-26, but he didn't believe any was more interested than another. However, Davis does have a favorite in his hometown team.

"I interviewed with the Steelers, and it would be a dream to play for them,'' Davis said. "You can say that they had some O-line issues last year, but they won a Super Bowl. So, I wouldn't say anything bad about their O-line. They have some great players, but I know they like position flexibility.

"I have that since I worked at both center and guard this past season. And I told them that I'd love to come next door to play for them. I believe they have a little interest in me. I talked to their O-line coach a little bit and Kevin Colbert, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully, things will go that way.''

Davis will have a social sciences degree when he graduates from Pitt in April.

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