Drafted: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 13 (PHI)
Draft Profile: BioIt's not very often you see a lineman with this combination of size and strength (6' 6" 340lbs). It's even rarer for a man of his size to put it all together and produce - and that's exactly what Davis has done during his time at Georgia.
Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis played in 11 games as a freshman in 2018, making four starts, and 25 tackles, with 1.5 sacks, getting the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American Team and Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team honors.
In 2019, Davis played in 14 games (378 snaps in total), made eight starts, and finished the year with 18 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 2 QB hits, and 8 QB hurries.
As a junior in 2020 he started at nose tackle in seven of 10 contests and finished with 16 total stops and added 4 QB hurries. He was a second-team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association.
As a senior in 2021 Davis has played in all 14 games, starting at DL in 13, and has 30 total tackles with 4.5 of those going for lost yardage, including 2.0 QB sacks. He was named to the Mid-Season All-America Team by The Sporting News
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Strong tackler. Has good power in hands and can anchor, shed, and chase.
- Has the ability to create a pile in the middle, even showing the ability to split the occasional double-team.
- solid anchor this consumes space and is almost impossible to move - gives off an even bigger Vince Wilfork vibe. You can count on one hand the number of times he's been pushed off the line of scrimmage
- He has produced 8 sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss over 27 games and his production has improved this year - while his numbers don't really jump off the stat sheet they need to take into account he has played mostly as a big body space eater. and has been a major reason Georgia has the best defense in football
- Amazing speed for a man of his size - with excellent change of direction skills
- Surprising initial quickness off the snap. Relies mostly on a simple bull rush at this point, which is quite effective in collapsing the pocket.
- Good strength and balance to sit down, lockout, and create a pile, leading to possibilities inside and out (in the 3-4).
- Has the best size of any lineman in this year's class he could dominate at the next level
- Davis amazed with a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash, a freakish feat for a defensive tackle of this size.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Plays a little too upright and has had struggles with leverage as a result
- Despite having great size and speed - probably hasn't performed quite as well in the pass rush game as you would have hoped
- Has been used as a space-eater in the run game and hasn't had much experience as a pass-rusher. It remains to be seen if he can improve this area of his game in the NFL
- Isn't able to consistently shed blocks and makes plays in the hole - although has had to put with constant double-teaming in mitigation
Scouting Report: SummaryDavis surprisingly gave up the chance to enter the 2021 NFL Draft, but given his impressive play of late, it looks like to have been a smart move.
He has seen his stock on the rise of late and has likely played his way into not only early first-round conversations but Heisman conversations. Davis demonstrated an incredible level of athletic talent as he put on a show at the NFL combine.
It's not unlikely that Davis will end up being the top DT taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. His ceiling - given the talent and athletic ability is pro-bowl level while his floor is a solid big-bodied NFL-run defender.
We expect Davis to be picked in the top half of the first round - be a contributor early and ultimately an impact player at the next level.
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