Draft Exclusive 32: 'Underdog' Cornerback

Touted cornerback Davon House, a second-round prospect, said he looks up to Tramon Williams. House and his head coach at New Mexico State, former NFL defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker, talked to Packer Report in our latest exclusive.

Ask most cornerback prospects who they like to watch, and you'll usually get Charles Woodson or Champ Bailey.

New Mexico State's Davon House likes Tramon Williams.

Then again, it's not every day when a highly regarded prospect calls himself an "underdog" and actually means it.

"He came from a small school, (Louisiana) Tech, which is in the WAC right now," House told Packer Report on Wednesday. "He was a free agent, which I like, too, because he's an underdog. I've been an underdog my whole life. It seems like he just makes plays. The way he breaks on the ball is really good. He's a ballhawk, and that's what I want to be is a ballhawk."

He was that in college, finishing a stalwart career with 11 interceptions and 37 passes defensed — including two picks and 10 PBUs as a senior. For his career, he averaged a startling 42.8 yards per interception return with three touchdowns.

Not bad for a guy who didn't start playing football until his junior year at Palmdale (Calif.) High School because he had put his athletic focus on baseball.

"I don't think it's really hit me yet," House said of his NFL future. "I was talking to some of my friends and they seem more excited than I am. They question me, ‘How come you're not going crazy?'"

Even with his relative lack of experience, House broke into the starting lineup as a freshman. But his career didn't really take off until Dewayne Walker was named the Aggies' head coach following the 2008 season. Walker arrived with seven years of experience as a defensive backs coach in the NFL.

"Coach Walker, if it wasn't for him, I don't think I'd be in the position that I'm in now," House said. "Before he came, I didn't really know too much about the game of football. I was just going out there and playing. He taught me the game of football and how to respect the game and how to practice and the little things at my position that I needed to know about."

Asked to view House from his perspective as a former NFL coach, Walker told Packer Report: "He's grown so much in two years and he has so much more room. Obviously, he's an untapped talent. For him to be able to put himself in this situation, and if he continues to improve and grow, he has a chance to have a successful career.

"His professionalism (has improved). He had more of a sense of urgency, understanding that the next level is going to be a challenging step. It's a different ballgame. It's a profession. It's a job. When that day comes, when he walks into that first meeting and that first practice, he'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect."

House is the No. 6 cornerback in the official NFL rankings provided to Packer Report. Scouts love his size (6-foot), speed (4.49 at the Combine but in the low 4.3s at his pro day) and long arms, as well as his ball skills and willingness to mix it up in the run game.

Those are all things the Packers covet at the position. So, not surprisingly, they held a formal interview with him at the Scouting Combine and talked to him on a few other occasions while there.

He hasn't heard from them recently but offered this suggestion:

"Maybe you should give them a call and tell them to pick me up in the second round."

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