Maryland’s Sean Davis looked to boost his draft stock at the Senior Bowl.
Davis made some eye-opening plays as many scouts were assessing his performance. For a guy that could play both cornerback and safety at the NFL level, Saturday was very important to his development.
It didn’t take long for the Maryland cornerback to make an impact in the game. On the South’s first defensive series, North quarterback Carson Wentz drew up some play action before dumping the football off to tight end Nick Vannett in the flat.
Before Vannett could even turn upfield, Davis came up from his cornerback spot and stopped Vannett in his tracks, pushed him back, and slammed him to the turf for a minimal gain.
“He is just a big, long corner or safety,” NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said of Davis. “That’s where the versatility lends to his value.”
Davis lined up on the edge in a pass rush situation on his second series. This is important because Davis has the quickness to get after the quarterback while also possessing the ability to tackle soundly if a running back gets the ball on a draw play.
“At a hybrid position, he can stay on the field all the time. When you talk about the tackles, he had five forced fumbles alone last year. When he tackles people, he jars the ball loose and makes plays for his defense,” Charles Davis added.
Davis also drifted back to play safety quite a bit during his time on the field. He was able to record to three solo tackles during the game.
The Washington D.C. native played nearly three years at the safety position before finishing up his junior season at cornerback. Former coach Randy Edsall, who was hired by the Detroit Lions on Sunday, moved Davis to cornerback opposite William Likely for his senior campaign.
While he wasn’t involved in a ton of tackles, Davis always seemed to be coming up to stick his nose near the ball carrier or pass catcher. As many can tell, Davis isn’t afraid to come up and lay a bone-jarring hit.
During his Maryland career, Davis forced seven fumbles and registered 319 tackles.
Davis did an admirable job in pass coverage throughout the game, no matter where he was lined up. He was shadowing opposing receivers and always stayed in front of them.
Davis didn’t do anything to hurt his draft stock by any stretch. In fact, his big tackle on Vannett may show NFL teams how physical he can be and gave them a chance to see it first hand.
At the moment, it appears that Davis could be a Day 3 pick, much like Stefon Diggs and Darius Kilgo were in 2015. Regardless, it’s clear that Davis is a player that will hear his named called at some point during the 2016 NFL Draft.