Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
Wyatt Davis is a complicated evaluation at this point. The first true guard prospect on this list, Davis came into the 2020 season as a nearly consensus top guard prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, 2020 treated Wyatt Davis like it treated the rest of us—a difficult season that left uncertainty for the future.
Despite a 2020 season that was not as dominant as 2019, Davis still showed enough on tape to inspire some confidence. Davis is powerful at the point of contact and frequently evoked the term “mauler” from those watching him play. Davis is not as fluid in movement as fellow prospect Alijah Vera-Tucker, but he’s adequate in his overall foot speed and understanding of angles to be more than serviceable in a scheme that maneuvers their guards a lot.
There is some room for improvement in terms of Davis’ ability to maintain and recover balance, but there are only a few instances where this is problematic. Additionally, Davis displays heads-up play in zone blocking and appears to have an innate understanding of what a defense is trying to do, and how to stymie that.
The concerns about Wyatt arose during the 2020 campaign, but it is difficult to precisely attribute the inconsistent play this season. It is worth noting that the Ohio State standout has been battling some injuries this season, and unfortunately suffered an apparent leg injury during the National Championship game.
If the 2021 NFL draft were happening today, there is a good chance that Wyatt Davis is available when Kansas City is on the clock. A few months ago, Davis was thought of as a top 20 prospect. Assuming the injuries and medicals check out positively, this may be an opportunity for the Chiefs to nab a steal.
Similar to Creed Humphrey, Davis would bring an attitude and grit to the Chiefs offensive front. He would also be an asset up front and should compete for a starting spot. Davis reminds me of Packers guard Elgton Jenkins and could be a Pro Bowl player in the NFL. Davis is currently my No. 3 ranked guard behind Rashawn Slater and Alijah Vera-Tucker.