Chargers Draft Prospectus XVII

Just under a week to go until the 2003 NFL Draft gets under way and the Draft board is almost set. Now the Chargers go through their "What if?" stage. Oddly enough so are we. What if this player falls to the San Diego Chargers in round 2? Book him as a new Bolt.

Sammy Davis is the player and he is gaining steam quickly. He has quietly cemented himself as the third cornerback, behind Terrance Newman and Marcus Trufant, to come off the board. In a draft where many thought there was no clear No. 3 corner, and many teams still are working feverishly on their boards, Davis is finding himself in an enviable position, at the top of the next group of cornerbacks.

So why are we scouting him so heavily?

Just like the Chargers we must be prepared for everything. While it may be true Davis will be the next corner to go, no one will know for sure until Draft day and trades do happen.

Davis was a mainstay in the Texas A&M Aggies' secondary, starting 32 of 39 games. He finished his career with 188 tackles (135 solos), an 8-yard sack, seven stops for losses of 22 yards, eleven interceptions for 112 yards in returns, 28 deflected passes, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. Only five players had more interceptions in a career in school annals. He also added 162 yards on nine kickoff returns (18.0 avg).

Samuel "Candy Man" Davis
Cornerback
Texas A&M
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 186
40 Times: 4.45/4.47
Vertical Jump: 40"
Broad Jump 10' 5"
Bench Press: 19 reps
Bench (high): 330 pounds
Arm: 30.5"
Hand: 9"

"Tough, cognizant quarterback coming off a mediocre campaign. Displays good ball skills and wherewithal on the field, staying with the play and not blowing coverages. Quickly plants and breaks on the ball, has a burst of closing speed and works to get a hand in, deflecting away throws. Defends the run, comes up the field on screen plays and a solid football player." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview


"I'm proud for Sammy," A&M coach R.C. Slocum said. "He has worked hard and improved this year despite playing with some injuries (ankle problems). Sammy is a quality young man and an All-America caliber cornerback."

Davis has a well-built frame with good muscle development throughout. He learns and retains football well. Shows a smooth backpedal with above average foot quickness and body control, plants and breaks on the ball sharply and shows an explosive closing burst. Davis has excellent open field acceleration and can easily turn and run with the receivers on deep routes. He drops back into his zone assignment with awareness and stalks the receivers tight on underneath routes, has good timing and leaping ability competing for the ball and takes proper angles in pursuit. He has very dependable hands for the interception, has good wrap-up tackling technique and the strength needed to fill rush lanes and is a drag-down type of tackler who will deliver his hits with force.

"I think I'm more of a complete player than I was last year, run support-wise and coverage-wise," Davis said.

Despite a poor showing at Mobile, he has come on of late and is one of the more refined corners to come out this year. Every other corner has some issue, but Davis brings it consistently.

The Chargers see the potential and are in desperate need of another starting quality cornerback. Davis can be a solid corner in either press coverage or backed off the line of scrimmage at the next level and that versatility has the Bolts "charged." If he makes it to them in round two he will be hard to pass up.

Special thanks to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview who contributed to this report.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net or via the following link: Denis Savage

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