Colt Scout: CB Dennis Davis

ColtPower's Jerry Langton is a bit puzzled by the addition of Dennis Davis to the Colts practice squad. Find out why in his Colt Scout analysis...

Dennis Davis
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.



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