Georgia’s Jordan Davis
This list would not be complete without Georgia’s Jordan Davis.
Davis is arguably this year’s fastest-rising prospect after he put in a historic combine performance. His 4.78 40-yard dash propelled him up draft boards and earned him a perfect 10 Relative Athletic Score. He is an enormous human, standing 6’6″ and weighing 340 lbs, adding 34″ arms. He is more than a Combine darling though, as his tape shows. Davis’ presence allowed other Georgia defenders to thrive, as he often commanded double teams.
Davis is an elite run-defender, with the ability to stack and shed blockers at will. He keeps his eyes in the backfield and shifts his hips and hands very well. Davis effectively defends two gaps on the inside, allowing for linebackers to clean up the run. Davis would amplify the run defending instincts of Chiefs’ linebackers Nick Bolton and Willie Gay, making for terrifying run defense.
He is very rarely driven off the line of scrimmage and will push double teams back as well. He will take away any inside zone run, but his speed means he can chase the ball carrier down if need be.
Davis keeping his eyes in the backfield is both a good and a bad trait though. He can be too patient against the run. taking him out of the play at times. He has room to grow as a pass rusher, especially growing his move arsenal. Davis has a stellar first step, and he relied on that to get to the quarterback too much.
Davis is a mammoth prospect and will likely be gone before the Chiefs are up in the first round. Kansas City could immediately improve their run defense if Davis fell to them though. While he does not fill a glaring need, Davis would be a steal in the late first round.