CB, Georgia Tech
Numbers: 5'10 (5107) / 187 pounds / 4.47 forty-time
2006 stats: None
2005 stats: 20 tackles, 11 assists, 2.5-7 tackles for loss, 0.5-3 sacks,
3-33-0 interceptions, 5 passes defensed with Georgia Tech
The player: I really used to like watching Davis at Georgia Tech. He's
fast, shows great burst, knows where the ball is and has nice, soft hands. He's
a natural in man coverage and shows a better-than-average understanding of
zones. But all of that magic stops when he is forced into the annoyance of
having to actually touch an opposing player. A bona fide track guy - he ran a
21.84 in the 200 - he shows a surprising amount of football knowledge and
instincts, but really eschews contact. He's just not very at disrupting
receivers from their routes and his tackling attempts won't remind anyone of
Brian Urlacher. He's so good a tackler, in fact, his coaches at Georgia Tech
strongly considered moving him to wide receiver before his senior season. While
he could run with the fastest in the NFL, he'd get pummeled by all but the
weakiest. Despite his reluctance to make contact, Davis has had problems with
injuries throughout his college career until his final season at Georgia Tech.
How he fits: It's kind of curious that the Colts would be interested in
an all-run/no-hit corner like Davis. The defense the Colts run generally calls
for tough, hard-hitting corners. But the defense has been lacking when it comes
to interceptions and Davis has exceptional hands. And the defense has struggled
a bit in deep coverage -- and he could help there too. Should injuries hit hard
enough for Davis to see the field this season, he'd probably be eased in as an
extra DB in dime or quarter situations. But you've got to know that the coaches
are probably hoping he'll somehow suddenly get over his fear of hitting so they
can teach him the finer points of cornerback play. While his speed and hands
would lead some to surmise he has a future as a return man, that'd be pure
speculation as he hasn't ran back a kick since he was in high school.
Reminds me of: BJ Tucker, an undrafted prospect who has seen some playing
time with the 49ers and could develop.
Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Colt Scout: CB Dennis Davis
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