AnalysisDavis got a lot of starts (26) playing both defensive tackle positions for the Hawkeyes. In 43 games he registered 94 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss. Davis has very good size (6-5/320), arm length (34 7/8) and giant 11-inch hands. He had a very good Senior Bowl in January. Davis is a good anchor in the middle that’s strong, physical and difficult to move. He’s a guy that’s going to eat up a lot of space and make some plays on the inside.
Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation
Report from NFL Scouting Services' Dave-Te' Thomas:
Carl Davis might not have “set the world on fire” in 2014, and he was actually out-performed by fellow Hawkeyes defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat, but teams still feel that much like most Iowa players, he might be ready to emerge at the next level. There are some within the scouting industry that are concerned that he spends more time jumping on piles (22 assisted tackles) rather than initiate contact (14 solo stops). He got to the quarterback twice and took down seven ball carriers for losses during the 2014 season.
After waiting patiently for his opportunity to start, Davis took over left tackle chores for Iowa in 2013, but teams utilizing the 3-4 defensive scheme also feel that he is capable of playing nose guard at the next level. Used mostly to stuff the inside running game, he made 42 tackles with four stops-for-loss as a junior.
The Hawkeye plays with a good motor, but does run out of gas late in games. He is best served playing in-line, where he can handle multiple blockers to free up his edge rushers and blitzers. When he plays at a proper pad level, Davis shows excellent tools for the two-gap system. He uses his hands effectively, but needs to do a better job of protecting his legs from low blocks.
Davis is a big, physical athlete with a thick, hard body. He has long arms, big bubble and large hands – the type that can easily add more bulk to his frame without adversely affecting his overall quickness. He is a rare-sized defender who is not only light on his feet, but also possesses very impressive strength. He shows a fluid running stride and a good feel for leverage and balance. His straight-line charge is explosive and he generates a bone-jarring hand punch coming off the snap.
When Davis is able of being sudden charging from the backside, he has the ability to shock blockers back on their heels with his quickness and strength. He holds his ground firmly at the point of attack, but will struggle to disengage when he gets high in his stance, letting blockers attack his body. He plays with a good motor, but does run out of gas late in games. He is best served playing in-line, where he can handle multiple blockers to free up his edge rushers and blitzers.
When Davis plays at a proper pad level, he shows good tools for the two-gap system. He uses his hands effectively, but needs to do a better job of protecting his legs from low blocks (both of his knee injuries came vs. low blocks). He has the ability to set, anchor and hold ground at the point of attack when he hunkers down rather that getting too erect. He is also active with his hands to discard blocks.
As dominant as he can be “taking out the trash,” he is really not a great pass rusher. He is late at times locating the quarterback in backside pursuit and lacks an array of pass rush moves to get an edge on the offensive guard. However, he shows good force as a bull rusher shooting the gaps and gets a good push when he sees a free lane. When he spots the ball, he is capable of getting off his blocks and closing on the play.
Davis is not effective when used in long pursuit, as he will tire running distances. He has the body control to change direction working down the line, but is more effective when used in containment rather than in pursuit. He can collide and wrap with effectiveness and is a physical striker in closed quarters, tossing blockers around while showing urgency to make the play.
As a pass rusher, he gets some push, but does not generate a quick swim move. As a bull rusher, he has the ability to destroy offensive guards and centers in his path. He can mash the pocket with good power, but even with his timed speed, he will labor when having to chase into the second level. He keeps his feet moving through traffic in attempts to penetrate and shows natural hand usage to defeat combo blocks. However, he can get a bit top heavy, resulting in him lunging and overextending at times (mostly in backside pursuit).
Davis is much stronger and physical than he looks, doing a good job when asked to bull rush or take on multiple blockers. He will never generate gaudy statistics, but his presence on the field will allow other linemen to not worry about double team action to make the play. His knee injuries are a concern, but considering he will mostly serve as an anchor in the middle of the field, few teams will let that weigh in their draft factor. In a two-gap system, he could dominate immediately.
Carl Davis NFL Scouting Combine measurables
6-5/320 (5.07 forty)
34 5/8-inch arm length
33-inch vertical jump
103-inch broad jump
7.91 3 cone drill
4.47 20 yard shuttle
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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