STRENGTHS - Davis is a short, thick outside linebacker with excellent athletic ability, play speed and lateral agility to develop for the position in the NFL. He shows explosive closing quickness and burst to the ball in his play. He has very good foot quickness and lower body flexibility in his play. He also can change direction well and does a nice job in space. He is highly productive as a run defender when pursuing from the back side of the field. He has shown that he can time his pass rushes well, and that he can diagnose running plays and stuff them out before they can begin. Davis is adequate in his zone drops and can make plays in space in pass defense. His ability to diagnose and react is a particular strength. He looks to be a competitive player who competes with toughness and grit. He has value to consider as a coverage player for special teams and will have to be an asset to stick on a roster.
WEAKNESSES - Davis is an undersized player for the weak-side linebacker position at the next level. He does not possess much growth potential to develop as he looks pretty maxed out physically. He is more a lateral run defender than a downhill attacker with questionable strength and toughness upon contact. He shows underdeveloped hand usage and even less stack and shed ability near the line of scrimmage. His pass rush arsenal is limited and he isn't necessarily a player to be counted on as a pass rusher. Davis is much better in zone coverage than his is running with tight ends or running backs. He looks to be an outside linebacker in a 4-3 base scheme, but is undersized and might need to add bulk to hold up at the position.
SUMMARY - He has an undersized frame with minimal growth potential to develop for the position at the NFL level. However, he shows excellent athletic ability, speed and lateral range in his play. He is an effective run defender due to his lateral range, agility and ability to close on the ball. He has very good foot quickness and does a very good job of changing direction, which allows him to make plays in space. Laterally, he moves like a safety and he is a finesse run defender with great lateral movement skills. However, he does not show good strength to stack and shed from blockers along the line of scrimmage. He looks to run around blockers and it causes him to take himself out of the play, but he has great ability to diagnose plays reading his keys. He is at his best when pursuing from the back side, running down the ball carrier. Despite his range, he does not have much production as a man-to-man coverage player. However, he does show good anticipation skills as an underneath zone defender and can make plays against the pass dropping into coverage. He shows good timing as a blitzer against the run and the pass. Davis is realistically a weak-side linebacker only. Overall, he deserves strong sixth-round draft consideration by a 4-3 team looking for a back-up weak-side linebacker. Davis will have to be a core contributor on special teams to stay on a roster.