Measurables: 6-foot-3, 320 pounds.
2014 stats: N/A *rookie.
Even the most optimistic University of Buffalo fans only thought Andre Davis would get drafted in rounds 5-7 in the 2015 NFL Draft. Thus, it came as no surprise that he went undrafted, despite the fact that he was an anchor on the Bulls offensive line.
Davis began his collegiate career as a defensive tackle, before switching over to the other side of the line as a freshman, where he started the next four years. He started games at both left guard and left tackle, but projects as a guard at the pro level.
The Denver Broncos signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent and he’ll get a chance to ply his wares in the NFL. Considered to be ridiculously strong at the point of attack, Davis had a lot of success road grading for Branden Oliver's remarkable collegiate career.
Most scouting reports praise his power, balance and violent hands. Considered to be a “short-area” blocker, most see him as a very limited prospect. The upside for Davis is that pre-draft, he projected best in a zone blocking scheme, where he could use his quickness and aggression as a tool to set him apart.
Fortunately, he landed in Denver—and that’s no coincidence. The Broncos obviously saw some traits in Davis they felt like they could mold. He has a chance to learn from the finest minds the ZBS has produced in Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennision.
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As for Davis’ place on the roster, his prospects in 2015 are bleak. The Broncos drafted an interior O-lineman in the fourth round in Florida’s Max Garcia. And they signed free agent Shelley Smith in March to spark competition with Ben Garland, who is currently penciled in as the starting left guard, but brings zero starting experience to the table.
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Louis Vasquez has right guard locked down and Garcia is likely his primary backup. Davis would basically have to beat out either Garcia or Smith to make the final roster as a rookie and frankly, I don’t see that happening.
But if he plays hard in training camp and impresses the coaches in his development, he might have a place on the practice squad, which would keep him in the league and give him another opportunity to compete in 2016.
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