Former RU Star Davis Ready for NFL Combine

Former Rutgers offensive lineman Anthony Davis is projected to be a top 10 pick in April's NFL Draft. He is getting for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this weekend, and took some time to speak with about his progress. Davis talks about what he has done to prepare for the combines, the tips he is learning on and off the field, and where he could get drafted.

In addition to nutritional information on packages, Anthony Davis is reading recipes. In addition to lifting weights and improving his already quick feet, he is measuring ingredients and chopping vegetables.

Davis, the 6-foot-6, 317-pound offensive tackle from Rutgers, has the football training thing down as he prepares for the NFL combines this weekend.

It is the cooking thing the projected top 10 pick is still figuring out.

"It's kind of funny. I'm looking at recipes and going into the kitchen to try and find things,'' Davis said. "This is all new. My mom and grandma did all the cooking. I try to make the same things, but it doesn't taste as good.''

Davis is training at Athletic Edge in Bradenton, Fla., where he has been for more than a month. He is heading to Indianapolis on Wednesday, and will work out Saturday.

While former Rutgers teammate and fellow combine invitee Devin McCourty already had time in front of NFL player personnel folks and NFL coaches at the Senior Bowl, Davis wasn't afforded the opportunity because he left Rutgers after his junior season. So this is his first chance to make an impact in front of a mass audience as the NFL Draft (April 22-24) moves closer.

"I'm ready to get out of here and get it done,'' Davis said. "I want to go and perform to the best of my ability and show them what I am capable of doing.

"I know if I perform and do what I'm capable of doing, I have a chance to be a top 5, top 10 draft pick. But just being at the combine and performing with the best players is an honor for me.''

Davis' typical day begins with an 8:15 a.m. alarm buzz.

His morning workout includes stretching and flexibility exercises, and drills to improve his technique, like footwork and maintaining a low center of gravity.

In the afternoon, Davis usually goes into weight training. Through it all, there is plenty of conditioning.

"It's definitely different without school being involved,'' Davis said. "It becomes more of a routine, and it definitely feels like a job. But it's an honor, especially in this day and age with the job market, to be involved with something like this.

"I do not take it lightly. I appreciate where I am, and the opportunity I have in front of me.''

The next step for Davis is a good showing at the combines, both in the physical and mental challenges. Not only will Davis do every drill, he also will sit through interview after interview and take psychological tests for prospective teams.

He said he spent plenty of years in front of television watching the combines, and marveling at the talent on the field, so he has a strong idea what to expect from a physical standpoint.

Now, he is leaning on close friend Eugene Monroe, the Plainfield (N.J.) High product who starred at Virginia, for advice on the mental side. Monroe, an offensive tackle, was selected No. 8 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars last year.

"I talked to Eugene almost every other day about the process,'' Davis said. "We talk about the little stuff, like what to bring with me to the combines, what the interviews are like.''

Chris Steuber, an NFL Draft analyst for, grades Davis out to a 96, on a scale of 100. "He's quick off the snap, makes good adjustments and possesses a strong upper body,'' Steuber wrote. "He has an excellent kick slide, delivers a devastating punch to defenders, stunts their progress and is able to knock them off their rush. He's aware of his surroundings and picks up the blitz well.

"He has nimble feet, gets to the second level with ease and makes his presence known by attacking linebackers.''

Davis is the third straight Scarlet Knight to leave early for the NFL draft, joining running back Ray Rice and receiver Kenny Britt.

And Davis, who came to Rutgers as the most sought-after high school lineman in the 2007 class, is expected to become the highest player drafted in school history. Britt currently holds the distinction, being selected 30th overall by the Tennessee Titans last year.

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