New Texan Scouting Report: Buster Davis

The Texans added depth to the linebacker corps on Saturday as they signed not only former Colts linebacker Cato June, but also former Cardinals and Colts linebacker Buster Davis. So can Davis make any impact to the Texans or even make the roster? We asked an expert who weighed in with their thoughts.

To find out more about Buster Davis, we asked Indianapolis Colts team expert and writer Brad Keller. This is what Keller had to say—

Given that the Texans signed both June and Buster Davis, a switch to a Cover 2 might be their intent. Davis is an undersized guy (5'9", possibly bigger than 239 pounds, though) that has defied the odds everywhere he's been. In high school he wasn't supposed to succeed, but did, at Florida State, surrounded by a glut of NFL-ready talent, he became the bell cow of the defense. Arizona drafted him in the third round and quickly dismissed him, but he has the intensity, determination, and nose for the football to excel at the NFL level. Davis actually isn't the best fit for a Cover 2 team, but quickly learned the defense and stepped in. He continues to persevere in spite of his measurables and will be a valuable addition to the Texans, even if he only serves to push the other players on the roster to be their best.

Buster Davis (Getty Images)

The Daytona Beach, FL native is entering his third NFL season with his fourth different team, as he was a former third-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals, who was released before suiting up for the team. Davis moved to Detroit in 2007, where he played in just one game, and then to Indianapolis in 2008, where he played in six games and started three. In his brief playing time, Davis has recorded 18 tackles.

The 25-year old has always been an undersized playmaker, as he stands just 5'10" tall, but the rest of his measureables are as good as most. Prior to the 2007 draft, Davis ran a 4.64 40-yard dash, recorded 24 reps on the bench press, had a 31" vertical leap, and an 8'8" broad jump.

Our take:

Contract numbers haven't been disclosed, but we figure it's a very moderate deal. Davis is one of those hard-workers who lack prototypical size, and Houston has had some success with those types of guys. We like the signing, but caution everyone to keep the expectations low.

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