Photo of Sean Davis
Drafted By: Steelers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 27
  • Overall 58

Combine Results

5.58 ?
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 126.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 3.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.53 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Davis played corner last season, but safety previously. Height, weight, speed ... he checks all those boxes. He rose up late in the draft process. He's very raw, but the upside is tremendous." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 201LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


Davis speaks English, French, Chinese ... and the language of pain. At least that's what opposing ball carriers feel as he flies into them with reckless abandon. He was credited with more than 100 tackles in both his sophomore and junior seasons, and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten notice from league media by making 88 tackles, intercepting three passes, and ranking among the FBS leaders in forced fumbles with five in 2015. His versatility will certainly be coveted by NFL scouts, as will his athleticism, height/length, and tenacious play.



Big, broad frame with absolutely shredded physique. Showed mental toughness. Bounced back from awful Bowling Green game to make numerous plays against South Florida the next week. Has size to battle against move tight ends. Leaps and challenges aggressively on 50/50 throws. Grabbed three interceptions in 2015. Around the ball and in the mix. Posted 298 tackles over three years as a starter. Comes firing downhill with purpose when it is time to get help against the run. Looks to lay the wood to receivers and make them feel it. Second in the nation with five forced fumbles. Has played safety and cornerback.


At times, was disastrous in man coverage. Dinged for 614 yards receiving against him. Slow, upright backpedal and clunky when turning to run. Seemed to be too big and lacking in foot quickness needed to play cornerback. Flagged for four pass interferences, a late hit and a personal foul this year. Charged with ten touchdowns allowed over last two seasons. Missed tackle numbers are troubling with 40 over last three years. Allows too much separation and can’t click and close on throws.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2 or 3

NFL Comparison

Duke Ihenacho

Bottom Line

Miscast this season as an outside cornerback, Davis battled through adversity and bounced back with ball production, tackles and forced fumbles. Davis has the ability to cover, but his strengths would best be utilized at safety where he has fewer man responsibilities and can be deployed near the line of scrimmage a little more often. Davis is an eventual starter at safety and a big backup at cornerback.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster