Deshaun Davis

Auburn

Prospect Info

College
Auburn
Hometown
Class
AL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
234 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

4.98
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 6 ‧ Pick 38
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40 Yard Dash
--u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
25
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
111.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.38
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Davis has been motivated to excel since he was 12 years old, when a teacher told him he would be in jail or dead by age 18. He was a top-20 linebacker prospect nationally despite missing his senior year with a knee injury (135 tackles, six forced fumbles as a junior, also played baseball and basketball). Davis had five tackles in 12 games as a reserve in his redshirt freshman season. He was named a starter for all 13 games in 2016, and he responded with 63 tackles, seven for loss, and three pass breakups. He had 10 tackles, four for loss, in the Iron Bowl that year. He led the Tigers in tackles with 82 (10 in the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia) in his junior campaign, racking up 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Davis was voted first-team All-SEC as a senior, once again topping his squad with 116 tackles and 15 tackles for loss. He also posted 3.5 sacks and two pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Slightly undersized inside linebacker whose strength and toughness might be overshadowed by his athletic and speed limitations. Davis loves to swap greetings as a downhill run defender, but when the play flows wide or when he's forced to drop into space his effectiveness drops off sharply. With his limitations, his roster spot might be tied to scheme fit and special teams performance.
Strengths
  • Compact build carries good play strength
  • Steps downhill looking to punish with excellent aggression
  • Fits gaps with square pads and strong edges
  • Roadblocks running lane with loaded inside shoulder to thump climbing blocker
  • Sees running back through blockers in front of him
  • Consistent to break down into balanced position to tackle
  • Drops low to snatch and wrap ball carrier's legs for instant finishing as tackler
  • Pursues from backside with good leverage and is diligent to prevent cross-face cutbacks.
Weaknesses
  • Hip tightness creates sluggishness in transitional movements
  • Mediocre instincts and lack of burst allow blockers to find him too easily
  • Struggles to maneuver through box traffic efficiently
  • Too much guess work and not enough feel for lane choices by running backs
  • Poor speed to range, chase and finish
  • Needs to compliment forceful take-ons with better block slipping
  • Sitting duck waiting to be exploited by passing attacks
GRADE
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