Carl Davis   DT   Iowa

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

STRENGTHS
Carl is a fit for a 1-gap attack defense. He shows excellent quickness off the snap with the ability to split double teams and get into the backfield quickly to disrupt plays if you donít handle him on the line of scrimmage. Carl is a fighter and his effort is outstanding on every play no matter the defense in which he is playing. He shows on film good enough speed to trail plays and tackle players from behind and because he gives effort on every play and never gives up, he should get some coverage sacks as well as making life in the pocket for those pedestrian quarterbacks very uncomfortable. Carl should be an asset to a teamís pass rush defense and looks to be an excellent teammate playing for his college team in a defense that did not fit his athletic talents. He shows leadership skills through his play on the field and should become a core player for the team that selects him.

CONCERNS
Carl is not an impact 2-gap, stuff-the-run defensive tackle. He played in that style of defense all through college and he just doesnít seem to understand the need for leverage. He doesnít seem to have the strength to shed blocks and make tackles in the hole. In spite of his quickness as a pass rusher, he lacks the change of direction ability to needed to be prolific in sacks. Also, he loses balance the longer the path is to the quarterback. If Carl can learn to play with better leverage, get stronger in his upper body and learn to use his quickness and hand strength to shed blocks, there is no reason why he canít become a good run stuffer along with his skills to rush the passer. However, it might take some time for him to turn the corner of becoming a complete defensive tackle.

BOTTOM LINE
I like Carlís effort, but the truth is he fits one style of defense as a rotation defensive lineman. Teams that run a 1-gap attack defense will rate him higher than teams that use mostly 2-gap techniques. Nevertheless, Carl is a disrupting force off the line of scrimmage on passing downs in any style of defense and if youíre a team that goes up against a lot of pure pocket passers, you might rate Carl higher on your board. There is no reason why Carl canít become better against the run if he wants to, but that hasnít happened at the college level, so expecting it to happen at the NFL level might be too much. Carl never stops playing and that is his best attribute; anyone this big who plays with that type of effort on every play just needs to learn some better techniques to become a complete defensive lineman. I would not have a problem selecting Carl late in the first round if I were a playoff team because of his size, athletic talent and intangibles. I just think if he doesnít fit your defensive scheme right now, that selecting him thinking that he will at some point in the future might not be smart. His impact is in a 1-gap attack defense and in any other scheme he will have less impact.

Drew Boylhart
FEB/2015