Photo of Keionta Davis
5.5 ?
  • 6'3" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 271LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


Davis could have left his hometown of Chattanooga to play major college football because of late FBS offers. He stayed with UTC, however, because they stuck with him after he suffered a knee injury his senior year of high school. Davis redshirted in 2012, contributed in 2013 (21 tackles, four for loss) and then became a second-team All-Southern Conference pick in 2014 (10.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles). Scouts began to notice him in earnest as a junior, when he was a first-team All-SoCon pick and finished tied for second in the FCS with 13.5 sacks (17 total TFL). Davis had his second straight FCS All-American season in 2016, being credited with 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. NFL teams also saw him well quite well against Alabama early in the year (four tackles, 0.5 sack).



Good build in his lower half with a thick bubble. Frame is compact and powerful. Better arm length than expected. Has upper body strength to press out his punch and create separation with arm extension. Power to set a strong edge was too much for tackles in his conference. Has a good engine and is worker bee through his rep. Heavy tackler who lands chest-first. Built low to the ground and can leverage his way through re-direct blocks. Willing to do dirty work within the scheme to help open the door for teammates to make a play. Plays with quick, efficient hands. Excellent production.


Lacks desired flexibility in lower body. Stiffness leads to shorter strides and a lack of range. Marginal reactive quickness and closing burst. Unable to crash down the line and catch downhill running backs in the backfield. Slow to unlock hips when changing direction. Square rusher who will be unable to get the hip turn or upper body torque slip around the edge as an NFL rusher. Lacks twitch for sudden burst necessary on his inside rush counters. Has issues dealing with long-armed tackles who get on top of him early. Rarely challenged by NFL tackles.

Bottom Line

Davis is well built with adequate power at the point of attack and outstanding college production, but he may lack the twitch and fluidity in space to make his mark as an edge player. He has some play traits that could make him an upfield three-technique if he could pile on enough weight, but he doesn't appear to have a clean position fit. He does, however, have enough ability to find his way onto a roster if a team has a plan for him.
-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.