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2016 NFL Draft: Sean Davis selected 58th overall by Pittsburgh Steelers

Sean Davis - DB, MarylandPick Analysis


Sean Davis – DB, Maryland

Pick Analysis

Pittsburgh double up at defensive back after taking Artie Burns yesterday. It’s not surprising really as they have been lacking there for a long time. Where the Steelers line him up is a big question mark, Davis is very raw but has a ton of potential and with good coaching could be a great addition to the Steelers defense. Toby Durant

Player Analysis

When you can play equally as well at practically any position across the secondary, that kind of versatility and ability to fill in brings so much value and ensures such a player won’t last on the board too long.  Playing at safety his first two seasons with the Terrapins, Davis continued there early in his junior year as well before shifting to corner mid-season, where he stayed for his final season as a senior.  That has seen him pile up experience over 50 games, and in that time surpass 300 tackles.  His 2015 season at cornerback saw him pile up 88 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 pass breakups and 5 forced fumbles, continuing to make an impact in multiple areas from that spot as well.  During his time at safety, Davis was known for his hard-hitting style.  As a corner, his big frame made him a constant matchup problem.  It was thought that perhaps the combine would provide a bit of insight into where he might best fit at the next level.  However, that didn’t work out as he measured in with a build more than suited to play in the middle, but then proceeded to run a superb fast 40-yard dash of 4.46 seconds with a 1.56 10-yard split.  To do that at his size and strength (21 reps in the bench press too) is outstanding and will appeal to practically every team who focusses on taking longer corners (see the Seahawks as an obvious example there).  There’s some technical bad habits right now when playing corner, so while there’s loads to like and a heap of upside, there’s still some work-in-progress about his game.  He can be caught out by intricacies by both quarterbacks tricking him with his eyes, and by receivers with clever movements to shake him and gain a step or two of space.  He’s certainly a project. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B-


2016 NFL Draft: Sean Davis selected 58th overall by Pittsburgh Steelers

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