Tanard Davis, CB
Numbers: 5110/187 pounds/4.25-forty speed
2005 stats: None
The player: If you liked Roscoe Crosby, an outstanding athlete with little football experience, you'll love Davis — an even better athlete with even less playing time. If you're impressed by natural skill, you may be pleased to know that Davis left no less a lightning bolt than Bears second-rounder Devin Hester in the dust at Miami's Pro Day. Not only did he run a blistering 4.25 forty, but he also exploded for a 41.5-inch vertical, ran a 4.12 short shuttle and a 6.80 cone, not to mention hoisting the bar a surprising 17 times.
But it you look at his football resume, it's pretty slim — a half dozen tackles and a couple of big plays over three years. With a team as star-studded as Miami's, it's not too surprising that Davis didn't play much. He attempted to transfer to Howard to get some live-action reps, but it didn't work out. Realistically, still a track star trying his hand at football, Davis needs to learn the nuances of the game and demonstrate that he can cover, tackle and make the pick.
How he fits: Any ideas I might have about Davis are pure speculation. Sure he can run and he's strong, but he needs to prove he can catch the ball as a returner and find it as a defensive back. Unless he comes out of the box like a cat on fire in training camp, look for the Colts to try to stash him in hopes he learns how to play the game.
Reminds me of: Jimmie McKenzie, Texans
Photo: University of Miami
Jerry's Take On .... Tanard Davis
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