Weight: 234 lbs
Position: Outside Linebacker
Thomas Davis is an exceptional Linebacker/Safety coming out of
the University of Georgia and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers
with the 14th pick overall in the first round. Davis is regarded by
many as one of the finest athletes ever produced by Georgia. Blessed
with the size of a linebacker and the quickness of a safety, Davis
has been a major force for Georgia since making his way into the
lineup as a freshman. During his Freshman year he recorded 61 tackles
and 3 sacks, while forcing 4 tackles for losses and recovered 3
fumbles and had 1 interception while starting only 4 games in 2002.
During his Sophomore year and with many injuries to the Bulldogs
secondary, Davis was forced to play at Free Safety throughout the
season. Davis would go on to record a career-high 138 tackles with 4½
sacks, He recovered a fumble for a touchdown, causing two fumbles and
returned a blocked punt for a score and intercepted a pass. After a
down year during his Junior campaign and being hampered with minor
injuries, Davis elected to come out for the 2005 NFL Draft expecting
to be a first round pick.
During the Combine Thomas Davis showed very good speed posting a
4.54 in the 40-yard dash which ranked him 2nd behind Derrick Johnson,
he also maxed his bench press at an impressive 355 pounds and a very
impressive 520 pound squat.
During the April 2005 Annual NFL Draft, He was selected #14
overall by the Carolina Panthers because of his great work ethic and
always applying himself to improve his game each and everyday,
General Manager Marty Hurney had him #1 on the draft board because he
is so versatile and can play any safety position and also play the
Outside Linebacker position, the OLB position will be his starting
position in this coming season because of
injuries to training camp/preseason starter Brandon Short. Look for
Davis to come on very strong early and help the Panthers with run
stopping which the Panthers so desperately needed in the 04' season,
he is also agile enough to guard most Tight Ends and Running Backs in
the league during passing plays.
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