Tyeler Davison Player Evaluation

Scout's Dave-Te Thomas breaks down Fresno State defensive tackle Tyeler Davison.

Our scouts feel that NFL teams need to perform a “re-do” in regards to Tyeler Davison, as they can not believe he is more highly regarded. While nose guard is never going to be a glamour position, the role of taking on multiple blockers seems to suit Davison nicely. During his first two years as a starter, he collected 14.5 stops-for-loss, five sacks and 84 tackles. This season, Davison was on fire, attacking the backfield regularly, as he had two forced fumbles, 61 tackles and thirteen stops-for-loss. His 8.5 sacks was topped by only Washington’s Danny Shelton (nine) for the most QB drops by a nose guard during the 2014 campaign.

With just three major colleges offering him a scholarship, he proved to be a find for the Bulldogs. He has very good strength to slip off blocks for the drag-down tackle as the ball carrier is slipping by, showing enough flexibility to break down in space. He generates good explosiveness if given a clear lane, delivering a strong bull rush to push the guard deep into the pocket.

Davison still needs to improve his use of hands to disengage from blocks, as he relies on his quickness and strength, but too rarely is able to get off blocks once properly engaged. Still, he recognizes the cut block and sprawls quickly to protect his knees. For a player of his size, he shows a strong burst and quickness off the snap. Not only is he sudden in his movements, but he is also fluid. He displays excellent balance and body control working down the line and is a constant disruptive force with the suddenness he generates getting off the ball to penetrate.

The Bulldogs’ speed allows him to make lots of tackles in the backfield, but he is also effective using his strength to overpower and take on double teams. His low center of gravity is evident when Davison consistently stacks at the point of attack. He is a physical inside run defender who can make plays up and down the line of scrimmage, along with demonstrating the speed to generate the long chase.

His strength comes into play as he gains leverage. The thing I like about him is that he will usually keep his feet free, using his hands well to stave off low blocks. He shows good mobility working down the line and is able to locate the ball quickly. His problems occur when he runs underneath blockers, as it causes him to have a bad angle and he then has to chase down the ball carrier from behind.

Davison is not only a hard worker on the field, but has excellent character away from the game. He has received academic honors and is a well-respected leader in the locker room. While the Bulldog does not have that massive frame most nose guards possess to be a space eater, he compensates with his raw power, proving to teams at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine that he is much stronger than he looks (32 reps in the 225-pound bench press drill).

Davison uses field smarts, active hands and his raw power to play with consistent leverage. He maximizes his assets - very strong upper body, including hands. He does not display an elite initial burst off the snap, but has that consistent ability to penetrate as a three-technique. He also demonstrates urgency executing his closing burst to the ball carrier, recording 28.5 of his 161 total tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

The senior’s hands are very quick and he generally uses them well. He fires off the ball, showing very good quickness off the snap, as he consistently splits the gap and disrupts the play before it has a chance to get started. He uses his natural leverage to his advantage when trying to stack and shed, generating good lower body strength to anchor.

His strength comes into play every time Davison slips off blocks for the drag-down tackle as the ball carrier is trying to race by. He has valid flexibility to break down in space and it is very rare to see him resort to lunging. He also possesses the explosiveness when given a clear lane to generate his speed.

As a pass rusher, Davison uses his low pad level and initial explosion off the snap to slip past lethargic blockers. He’s also a highly effective bull rusher, with the ability to push the offensive guard and/or center deep into the pocket. He has also shown very good u/se of hands in attempts to disengage from blocks. He knows he can rely upon his quickness and strength to get off blocks once properly, even when engaged with double teams.

Davison makes enough plays in the backfield to show he can be very consistent giving chase. His initial quickness and explosive pop can be just as effective vs. the running game. He is quick to recognize the cut block and sprawls quickly to protect his knees. He uses his upper-body strength to slip off blocks as the ball carrier runs past and has the sustained quickness to close when having to run long distances.

Tyeler Davison NFL Scouting Combine measurables


6-2/316 (5.18 forty)
34-inch arm length
10 3/4-inch hands
32-reps
33-inch vertical jump
105-inch broad jump
7.53 3 cone drill
4.46 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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