Davis (6-foot-2, 261 pounds) is an explosive player with good speed off the edge. He is an intelligent defender who scouts opponents well and exploits their weaknesses in crucial moments. He does not offer much against the run, but has the athleticism and work ethic to improve in that area.
Projected to be a third-round pick, Davis helped himself at the NFL Combine when he ran a 4.88 in the 40-yard dash and put up 27 repetitions of the bench press.
Q: Talk about playing in the Big Ten. How did that help prepare you for the NFL?
DE/LB Will Davis
Q: Who's the toughest running back you ever faced in your college career?
A: The best one I ever faced was Rashard Mendenhall, who I faced every day in practice. He was something amazing.
Q: Has he given you any advice?
A: He told me how it was before I got [to Indy]. He knew I was going to do fine because of my character. I'm always smiling. He knew I was going to do fine. A lot of people get down because of all the meetings and the medical tests and people poking at you and things like that. He told me not to let it get to me.
Q: Which teams did you talk to at the Combine? Were they mostly 4-3 or 3-4 teams?
A: I talked to every team. Every 3-4 team is talking about me standing up and every other team is talking about me in a three-point stance.
Q: Who are some of the top defensive ends you look up to or model your game after?
A: There are a lot of them I look up to, a lot of edge rushers and guys who play well that I look at. I try to use whatever move I can to beat my man. Whatever his weakness is, that's the move I'll use. I have a bunch of pass-rushing moves that I do very well. I would compare myself to a lot of guys and I've been compared to a lot of guys by other people, like James Harrison and Dwight Freeney and some of the top guys.
Q: You have an interesting story off the field, with your mother serving as a deputy minister for Liberia. Tell us a little about that.
A: She does a lot. It's hard to talk about all she does, but she comes to the States and gets cars sent over to Liberia and sends supplies over there and makes sure everybody is getting paid in the government. She does a lot and has been doing a lot for two-and-a-half to three years. She was living over there, then the war started and the family moved [to the United States]. That's when I was born, here in the States. Now they're going back [to Liberia] and trying to fix everything.