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With The 77th Pick The Jets Take LB Demario Davis


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#1 JetNation

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:09 PM

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With their last pick until the 6th round barring a trade the Jets take Arkansas State OLB Demario Davis with the 77th pick.

Basic information from NFLDraftScout.com

Height: 6-2
Weight: 235 lbs.
Arm Length: 32 inches
Hand Length: 9 inches

 

Combine numbers:
40 yard dash: 4.61
Bench reps: 32
Vertical: 38.5
Broad: 10’04″
Shuttle: 4.28
Cone: 7.19

Overview(from NFL.com):
Davis is a big linebacker who is competitive and had a lot of tackles for Arkansas State. Speed is by far his best asset. He could run a 4.5 40-yard dash in the pre-draft process, and that kind of speed is hard to ignore. Davis is big enough to play the position in the NFL, and has fifth-round value to a team that needs a guy who can run down plays and be effective against both the pass and run. Davis can be an awesome special teams candidate early on, which likely will be the key reason he is on a field in Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season.

Analysis(from NFL.com):

Strengths

Davis can really run, and it shows in every play he is in against the run. He has a burst in short areas and can run down almost any back to meet him outside the tackles and cover the outside run. He chases hard and fast every play and would be an excellent option to play outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He is a good tackler and has that obvious explosion to drive through his hips and really deliver a blow on a ball carrier.

Weaknesses

Davis needs to gather better when running down plays from the inside-out. He is so fast that he can overrun guys at times and fly off them as his momentum takes him outside on a tackle. Against one-cut runners at the NFL level, he could have a tough time gathering to make a secure tackle on the run. His athletic ability really doesn’t translate to pass defense, where he can look awkward and out of place at times. He needs to learn to better diagnose plays because he could struggle against faster offenses.




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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:19 PM

5th round value, glad we took him in the 3rd.

Screw RT.. let's play a 4 man line.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:19 PM

I suppose I can understand the pick but with players like Massie, Lamar miller, Sanu left I just don't know why you go for a project.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:21 PM

LOL!
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:22 PM

Is this guy a S/ILB tweeners in our D?

Also, the article says 6th round lol
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:26 PM

Boar Hunter-like value?
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

this seems good. It sounds like he's a football player who happoens to be a really good athlete. what a novel mother****ing concept.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

Rex's boar hunter!
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:28 PM

Will be a starter by 2014 at the absolute latest.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:29 PM

I like the pick.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:29 PM

this seems good. It sounds like he's a football player who happoens to be a really good athlete. what a novel mother****ing concept.


That ups the total to two so far.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:36 PM

Steal of the draft. He is going to be beastly. Great attitude, great discipline, excellent athlete, plays hard every play. LOVE this pick.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

Steal of the draft. He is going to be beastly. Great attitude, great discipline, excellent athlete, plays hard every play. LOVE this pick.


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:40 PM

Steal of the draft. He is going to be beastly. Great attitude, great discipline, excellent athlete, plays hard every play. LOVE this pick.


Steal of the draft in the 3rd round for a guy with a 5th round projection? Really?
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:43 PM

I suppose I can understand the pick but with players like Massie, Lamar miller, Sanu left I just don't know why you go for a project.


not according to one opinion.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:43 PM

Steal of the draft in the 3rd round for a guy with a 5th round projection? Really?


Zerbie Sanders and Bobby Massie had 1-2 projections according to some...Who gives a ****?
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:43 PM

5th round value, glad we took him in the 3rd.


he was in my top 100, i had him as a solid 3rd. that 38" vert is elite at any position.

this player was a late addition to Senior Bowl (like John Conner last year) and he showed up hitting.

This pick is Rex Ryan's style. He's an aggressive, explosive inside blitzer and all around tackling machine.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:44 PM

That ups the total to two so far.



I've stopped psychotically rocking back and forth. I'm OK with the drafting of Coples. I'm actually ok with the drafting of Hill. What's killing me is the drafting of Coples AND Hill. Given that the first two rounds are 50/50 propositions in the best of circumstances, the f*cking Jets drafted two guys who are--what--30/70 bust potential guys? They're betting the entire immediate future of this regime that Coples will all-of-a-sudden learn to give a sh*t about football after they hand him a check for $15 mil, and they're outright guessing that Hill will learn how to play WR in an offense that's not going to pass while working with two QB's who suck. IF a newly-minted Coples wakes the f*ck up and IF Hill is secretly a self-taught latent-genius who can immediately figure out how to play WR in the NFL, then it's a good draft, but the chances of both (either?) of those things happening are pretty f*cking remote and the fallout will be that the Jets are poised for a 6-10/7-9 season after which the whole regime gets flushed and we get to start all over again. Jet mother****in' life, baby.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:47 PM

I've stopped psychotically rocking back and forth. I'm OK with the drafting of Coples. I'm actually ok with the drafting of Hill. What's killing me is the drafting of Coples AND Hill. Given that the first two rounds are 50/50 propositions in the best of circumstances, the f*cking Jets drafted two guys who are--what--30/70 bust potential guys? They're betting the entire immediate future of this regime that Coples will all-of-a-sudden learn to give a sh*t about football after they hand him a check for $15 mil, and they're outright guessing that Hill will learn how to play WR in an offense that's not going to pass while working with two QB's who suck. IF a newly-minted Coples wakes the f*ck up and IF Hill is secretly a self-taught latent-genius who can immediately figure out how to play WR in the NFL, then it's a good draft, but the chances of both (either?) of those things happening are pretty f*cking remote and the fallout will be that the Jets are poised for a 6-10/7-9 season after which the whole regime gets flushed and we get to start all over again. Jet mother****in' life, baby.


Or they could all pan out
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

Mayock had him at 86 in his prospect list... He didn't grade as a fifth rounder....
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

Will be a starter by 2014 at the absolute latest.

Canadian League?
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:50 PM

Or they could all pan out


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

Canadian League?


They can't afford to buy out the NFL silly.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

Or they could all pan out



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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:57 PM

Write up from nationalfootballpost.com

Jumped off the tape at me, left me saying "this is a bad dude." Looks a little shorter and more compact than his 6-3 listing says. However, plays low, is a natural bender, keeps his base down and can really snap through the hips into contact. 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.


So pretty much every site has unequivocally stated he's a good football player with excellent physical ability. Can't comment on him as I have never in my life seen an Arkansas State game, but when every analyst says his pluses are tackling and general football technique, coupled with plus physical tools, it can't be too bad.
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