Cornerback, North Carolina St.
Numbers: 5'10, 192 pounds
2006 Stats: 24 tackles (18 solo), 6 passes defensed, 0 interceptions
in 10 games
Career Stats: 56 tackles (39 solo), 13 passes defensed, 4 interceptions, 7 kickoff returns for 130 yards (18.6 avg) in 51 games
The Buzz: One of the quickest corners in this draft ... plays smart, rarely falling for play-action ... excels in man coverage and uses great timing with his leaps to eliminate any height advantage a receiver may have ... great reputation as a sure tackler ... "His effort level is tremendous; his coverage is tremendous.'' -- NC State cornerbacks coach Greg Williams ... "His motor is always hot.'' NC State WR John Dunlap.
Noteworthy: Broke his leg in his freshman year, yet is now best-known for his speed ... could have entered the draft last year but opted to play another year at NC State instead ... in 2005, his first full year as a starter, he didn't allow a single touchdown pass ... very vocal on the football field ... fishing is one of his favorite hobbies... started a tradition for himself where he saved up about $100 per year so he could buy Christmas gifts for underprivileged children at a daycare center where his mother worked.
He said it to Scout.com...
"A lot of it is attitude and believing in yourself ... when I'm on the field, I believe they [receivers] aren't going to be touching the ball." -- A.J. Davis on what makes him such a good man-coverage defender
"I was raised in the church so I have a lot of respect for it and it's an important thing in my life." -- A.J. Davis on his enjoyment of gospel music
"...Some people turn it down because they feel they have more to lose than a game. I feel like it's just another opportunity to play another football game. " -- A.J. Davis on accepting his invitation to play in the Senior BowlCheck back on Friday for Ed Thompson's NFL Draft Q&A with A.J. Davis, a Scout.com subscribers exclusive.
A.J. Davis battles Virginia Tech's Josh Moran
(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)