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  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 206LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands


Carlton Davis III came into his own as a junior. He actually earned a starting spot as a true freshman in 2014, coming off a high school career after which he was named one of the top 25 recruits out of the talent-laden state of Florida (in addition to being a fine track athlete, a district 100- and 200-meter dash finalist). In 2015, Davis was a Freshman All-SEC selection, starting nine of 13 games, making 56 tackles, two for loss, while leading the team with three interceptions and breaking up eight others. He played through injuries as a sophomore, starting 10 of 12 games played and breaking up 10 passes (46 stops, two for loss). Davis was a first-team All-SEC pick in 2017, starting 13 games, making 36 stops, intercepting one pass, and leading the Tigers with 11 pass breakups. He suffered a concussion in the SEC Championship Game and missed the Peach Bowl with an illness.



Outstanding size and length. Bigger and longer than the average NFL cornerback with arms that dangle down his size. Parks himself in front of receivers in press coverage and uses wingspan to jam and blanket opponents. Slow releasing receivers will get owned. Crowds and bulls wideouts into the boundary. Searches for incoming throws once receiver makes his break. Tremendously disruptive. Plays high or low side of the route and attacks the throw with relentless timing and aggression. Had double-digit passes defensed in each of his three seasons. Hands are like garden rakes dragging the football away from the receiver. Extremely difficult to feather touch throws over him downfield. Has experience guarding extremely athletic and talented targets in the SEC.


Can be goaded out of early press positioning by fakes. Plays upright in space. Slow to hit brakes and challenge comeback routes. Long-strider in short spaces. Off-man can be a struggle. Transitions are spotty unless he reads the pattern. Sometimes stumbles and loses balance checking complex routes. Unable to mirror and match from a backpedal. Extremely grabby at the top of the route. Tugs on jerseys as recovery tactic. Six pass interference penalties in 2017. Opportunistic angles on the throw leave him susceptible to big plays when he misses. Takes inconsistent angles as tackler. Needs more fundamental strike and wrap approach.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1-2

Sources Tell Us

"His own quarterback (Jarrett Stidham) stayed away from throwing to his side in practice from what a scout told me. I need to find out if he can catch it because he just knocks them down and doesn't take them away. You've got to take them away." -- NFC defensive back coach

NFL Comparison

Richard Sherman

Bottom Line

Davis' combination of height, weight, length and ball skills make him a nuisance that college wide receivers could do without on Saturdays. Davis has some struggles mirroring routes in space and is best as a full-time press corner who is able to use his length and strength to take wideouts out of their game. Davis plays with confidence and some edge and was able to show and prove against NFL-caliber talent over the last three years. In the right scheme, he could become a high-impact starter.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.