Davis is big enough to play the position in the NFL, and has fifth-round value to a team who needs a guy that can run down plays and be effective against both the pass and run. Davis can be an awesome special teams candidate early on, and this will likely be the key reason he is on a field in Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season.
He chases hard and fast every play, and would be an excellent option to play outside 'backer in a 4-3 defense in which he could play free and really contain the run from sideline to sideline. He is a good tackler once there and has that obvious explosion to drive through his hips and really deliver a blow on a ball carrier.
His athletic ability really doesn't translate to pass defense, where he can look awkward and out of place at times when playing within a zone. He needs to learn to better diagnose plays and could struggle against faster offenses."
Is an explosive kid with a "plus" initial first step, natural fluidity when changing directions and can balance himself quickly and unload into contact. Possesses a long set of arms as well when looking to wrap. Is a "plus" tackler who is able to take good angles to the football, breakdown in space and get his man to the ground.
Is very effective inside the box as well. Does a nice job using his length and short area quickness to get under blocks and either hold the point and shed on contact or make defenders miss. Rarely is locked up on and is very active/sudden with both his hands and feet. Overall a "plus" run defender.
Is always around the football, showcases natural instincts keying off blocks and quickly locating the football. Plays off the correct shoulder well when defeating blocks and is quick to close.
Showcases a solid feel in the pass game as well. Will get caught at times being too narrow with his footwork. However he can bend, drop his pad level and accelerate laterally toward the football.
Displays average hands, routinely is forced to double catch and despite his fluidity and quick footwork, looks a bit tight in the upper body which takes away from his ability to generate more force when closing on the play. Nevertheless, has a good feel in zone, reads and reacts well and gets plenty of early jumps on the football.
Impression: One of the biggest surprises on tape this draft season. Was explosive, instinctive and always making plays on the football. Looks like a starting caliber linebacker either inside or out in a 43 scheme."
Also quick with good balance and the ability to change direction on the fly; also a physical tackler who made over 140 stops the past couple of years, but doesn’t get into the backfield that often;
Not all that instinctive, though, and while he has good hands and the speed to stay with most backs and TEs, doesn’t make a lot of plays in coverage."