With the draft fast approaching there are many prospects in this years draft who haven’t gotten the media attention and who many may not be real familiar with. One of those player you must not sleep is Bethune Cookman DE/OLB, Ryan Davis. Ryan Davis is a name you will likely hear called late day two or early day 3. (Round 3-5)
Ryan endured a very successful career at Bethune-Cookman. Going into this past season Ryan was: First-Team Preseason All-MEAC, Preseason HBCU All-American, Preseason Box to Row All-MEAC team, College Football Performance Awards nation Defensive Line watch list, HBCU All-Star Bowl watch list. After the season he won awards including: MEAC’s standout defensive performer of the year. He also led the conference in sacks with 12 and 21.5 tackles for loss as well as 8 forced fumbles. He finished his Bethune-Cookman career with 24.5 sacks, 47 tackles for loss and 112 tackles. He was also awarded the 2011 national player of the year award. Currently Ryan Davis sits atop as the projected #1 HBCU draft prospect and continues to rise as we inch closer to the draft.
Davis is a terrific athlete who fits in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker or in a 4-3 as an edge pass rusher. Ryan posted impressive pro day workout numbers including a 33 inch vertical, a 40 time of 4.75 and 9 feet 9 in the board jump. He also ended up with 21 reps in the bench press. Ryan possesses many strengths including pass rushing skills, he is also very strong at the point of attack, gets off the line fast, very versatile, coachable and supports the pass and run very well. If you are looking for a gem in this draft remember the name Ryan Davis. His athleticism could allow him to play 3-4 outside linebacker or line up at the defensive end position as he is not just a one fit system prospect. He has a nice frame at 6’3/259 and is loaded with upside. He has a great motor and always plays to the whistle, sheds blocks well.
Ryan has been very busy this off-season working on his overall skills and has gotten a lot of attention from NFL teams. To date he has been shown interest from the, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos. A few years from now don’t be surprised if you Ryan Davis is one of the best value picks of this draft and one of the best DE/OLB to come out of the 2012 draft class.