Davis Tull   LB/DE   Tennessee – Chatt

TALENT BOARD ROUND 3

STRENGTHS
Davis has the size and athletic talent to be an impact player for the team that selects him. He had the highest Combine Performance Metric score of any linebacker who worked out at the combine (CPM 98.2) which means many teams will be looking at him and working him out before the draft. He shows the talent to play more than one position in the front seven and if he can show the agility to cover on passing downs, Davis could become one of the surprise players of this draft. Davis has good pass rushing skills and is strong enough to handle the double team at his level and be stout against the run. He has played as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense for his college team and his ability to rush the passer is what will attract most teams to be interested in him. Davis looks to be an excellent fit as a OLB/DE in a 3-4 defense if he can show the agility and football intelligence to change positions and drop off the line of scrimmage in coverage. Although he might be a developmental player at this point of his career, he also is a developmental impact player with the same type of talent as the 49ers LB Navorro Bowman.

CONCERNS
Davis will most likely have to change positions from a down lineman in a 4-3 defense to a standup OLB/DE in a 3-4, but with his athletic talent, that should not be a big problem. The biggest issue is a lack of football intelligence because he is so athletic. He seems to start off slow in every game and is surprised by the way teams play him and although he seems to figure it out and does come on strong as the games go on, it sends a signal to me that he might not do a lot of film study or that what he learns in practice he doesn’t bring on to the field easily.

BOTTOM LINE
It’s very possible that Davis actually went to his classes and did not spend much time in the film room, which means Davis could wind up being better than I suggest and learn quicker than I suspect. Of course Davis starting off slow in just about every game I watched and then coming on fast and impacting, could be just his style and there is nothing wrong with that either. But if he is slow to lean and slow to bring what he learns on to the field that would mean that a change of position at the NFL level might be a bit overwhelming and take him longer to become the impact player his talents suggest. I like him, and I like his talent and I like his ability to finish plays and impact as the game goes on so. For me, I think selecting him in the 3rd or 4th round seems smart as long as the other players on left on your board at that point of the draft, do not have a higher grade on them. Davis might be a project but you’re looking at a potential “impact project” and that means Davis could go at any point in this draft after the first round. With that much athletic talent most teams will be more than willing to select him and work with him.

Drew Boylhart
APR/2015