COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Washington Redskins could use help in the secondary.Maryland's Sean Davis, another young safety influenced by the late Sean Taylor, would love to be that help.
Davis and other Terrapin prospects showed off their wares at the program's pro day at the University of Maryland campus, going through various drills in front of scouts from 27 teams including the Redskins.
Davis "felt good today" and was "most definitely" happy with his performance coming off of a strong showing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis a month ago.
The small school Maret High School star was not lacking of confidence either: "I'm one of the top DBs out there. I feel like I should be off the board relatively early." Public projections have the 6-foot-1 defensive back as a possible Day 2 selection.
Where exactly Davis would play in the secondary, safety or corner, is up for discussion. "That's pretty mixed", Davis said on where teams are asking him to play. "Obviously all the teams know I can play safety, I did it for three years. A lot of teams like me at corner. I've got the quickness and speed to play corner compared to all the other DBs out there. I'm just raw at it. I only have a year under my belt but with the right tools, I feel like I can be a top corner."
Davis also noted that special teams play "raises my stock a little bit" and "coaches definitely like that that I'm a tough player." Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan might not be a coach, but he certainly loves tough players that make an impact on special teams. The signings of David Bruton and Terence Garvin prove that.
Davis, who wore Taylor's number 21 at Maryland, isn't done with his visits. While declining to say whether he's met with any specific teams, Davis addressed the idea possibly landing in Washington.
"It would be great," he said."You know obviously I can't wear 21, but I'd still love to play for the Redskins. I've always been a Redskins fan, that'd be really nice."
Davis "idolized" Taylor growing up and modeled his play after his hero. "Just loving the way he really hit people, instilled fear in receivers and made them think twice about crossing the middle of the field," Davis said of Taylor. "He's a quiet guy but he about his business. That's pretty much my personality. That's why I wear 21 for the most part, because of Sean Taylor."
Although just a rookie, Davis could fill a centerfield need for the Redskins. Free safety starter Dashon Goldson remains a free agent and DeAngelo Hall is a converted corner. Talent evaluators have taken note of Davis's versatility.
"It's like a dream come true," he said of the draft experience. "I've always dreamed about this. In less than a month I am going to be a professional football player. I'm just blessed."
We'll see if the local kid remains one if he starts his career outside the region.
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