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Prospect Profiles-Anthony Davis


ESPN’s Scouts Inc. (that’s Todd McShay and “his staff” has an update on Anthony Davis.

ESPN’s Scouts Inc has moved Davis up to number FOUR on their big Board.

They are very high on Davis and here is their new Scouting Report.

Production 3 2007: Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman, starting the final eight at right guard. 2008: Moved to left tackle, appearing in and starting 12 of 13 games. Second team All-Big East.
Height-Weight-Speed 2 Possesses prototypical height, a solid build and average overall mobility.
Durability 1 Durability is not an issue.
Intangibles 3 Sat out the 2008 Morgan State game for violating team rules. Came into 2009 fall camp overweight and was demoted to the second team for the first week of practice. Also was suspended for the first quarter of the 2009 Army game for being late to a team lun
Offensive Tackle specific Traits
Awareness 2 Strong awareness in protection. Keeps head on a swivel in sets and shows good peripheral vision to pick up blitzes from the second and third levels of the defense. Shows the discipline to avoid chasing defensive ends inside against twists and stay home
Toughness 3 Displays brute strength both upstairs and down low. Flashes a mean streak. However, he needs to show more aggression and finish on a more consistent basis.
Pass Protection 1 This is by far his biggest asset. Light on his feet and gets into sets quickly. Uses long armsl to ride speed rushers pass pocket. Also shows good lateral movement and can shuffle-and-mirror to stay in front of double moves. Strong and heavy-handed with
Run Blocking 2 Not a dominating run blocker but adequate in this area. Shows some inconsistency with footwork, especially with first step. Uses size and strength to engulf defenders when getting into position but could get more push when engaged in phone booth situati

The next prospect to dissect is Rutgers offensive linemen Anthony Davis.

Anthony Davis is a mountain of a man and has always been.

Anthony Davis will probably be the highest ever drafted University of Rutgers player.

Anthony Davis may be on the Giants radar.

The Giants drafted athletic LT William Beatty last season in the second round who projects as a very good pass blocking and athletic LT.

Anthony Davis on the other end is a mauling, and brusing RT who has enough athleticism to handle many pass rushers, but his size his is strength not his athletic ability like William Beatty.

While Davis might be able to play LT in the N.F.L he’d be an ideal fit for the Giants at RT.

Pro Draft Party Video Clips

Anthony Davis

Measurables (Combine Numbers Post When They Are Available)

Born October 11th, 1989 (won’t turn 21 until next season)

6’6” 325 pounds

Bio (Olinemen don’t really have stats)


But Davis will have some explaining to do to NFL personnel. Davis, the second-highest rated recruit in school history behind Irvington’s Nate Robinson (who eventually transferred to Akron), was ranked the No. 68 player overall nationally by He arrived at Rutgers at 368 pounds as a freshman, and had to lose nearly 40 pounds to earn a starting job then.

As a sophomore in 2008, he was suspended from the Morgan State game for violating team policy, and this summer he was demoted to second team for six days in preseason camp for being overweight.

“It’s minor stuff,” he said. “I have no weight issue. I’ll be ready to explain all the questions they have about me missing the Morgan State game last year.”

Davis said it’s his intention to eventually get his degree, and said he still had a final exam in Development of U.S. 2 to take Tuesday night. But he knows things will change after that. Football becomes his job now.

“I’ll play with the same passion,” he said. “But the business part of it is it will be my job.

“It’s so exciting. I get to play football for a living. It’s crazy.”

Davis’ departure, meanwhile, means Rutgers has to reload at his position a year early — just as it had to with the departures of Rice and Britt.

“From a head-coaching standpoint I’m excited about that because we’re recruiting and getting some of the top athletes in the country, guys that can go to the NFL early and be in the top rounds,” Schiano said.

Anthony Davis’ Scouting Report from Draft Board Insider

Draft Status: This season hasn’t been great for Davis. He got benched for being a few minutes late for a team lunch and had to sit down 2 series, and overall his level of play just hasn’t been what it was as a sophomore.  He’s playing a little bigger, which is part of the reason, so if he is hoping to play LT in the NFL, he may need to trim down a little, and get his quickness up.  If he should declare, he’s probably a late first, early 2nd round pick, unless he has a remarkable offseason.

Final Analysis: Seems to me, Davis has a great future in the NFL but not at left tackle.  He’s just not as quick and athletic as teams want, and to account for the tremendous speed we are seeing on defense.  I think he could end up a great right tackle, because of his ability to run block.  Davis is going to draw the occasional false start trying not to lose to speed rushers, and with any giant side of beef, maintaining his conditioning will be an issue.  Also, I wouldn’t rule out Davis at LG, where his ability to operate in tight spaces, and maximize that power and push would be optimal. He’s certainly athletic enough to pull from left guard and that would be huge especially for a run heavy team.  A team that wants a dominant run blocker who plays with great knee bend and leverage and looks to be able to move around the line, will be more than pleased with Davis.

Reminds me of: Phil Loadholt, OT Minnesota Vikings – Davis isn’t quite the piece of real estate that Loadholt is, but they are very similar players.  Tremendous run blockers, average pass protectors, and Loadholt has moved from college LT to RT in Minnesota and clears the way for Adrian Peterson just like he did in college.  Both have power, leverage and strength and same sorts of shortcomings like their ability to work the second level and that quick first step.

Red Flags: Weight/Conditioning

Davis is a man mountain.  He’s built exactly the way I would want an offensive lineman to be built.  I love that he’s bigger than the typical OT prospect, weighing in around 325lbs, instead of the oversized TE’s.  He’s tall and has massive wingspan, and his lower body is built for leverage.  I assumed going into the season Davis would be dominant all year, declare for the draft and be a high first round pick.  But his season has been up and down, and now his draft stock and him declaring is in question.  In terms of run blocking, Davis is without peer in this draft.  He’s got great strength and even better leverage and just trucks defensive lineman and the best part is he finishes his blocks. I mean on the ground finishes the block. He’s an adequate pass protector, but doesn’t have great lateral movement, and that first drop step is a little slow meaning he can get beat by the speed rush.  He tends to set up outside to account for it, and then try and overpower the rusher if he comes inside.  Let me say that Davis is not unathletic, but there is a tradeoff for his superior size.

Yahoo Sports Mike Farrell Scouting Report

Davis is a huge offensive tackle who locks up quickly and can overpower the competition with his sheer size. He has good agility but his strength is enveloping defenders in the run game and getting out of his stance quickly in pass protection. Davis extends his arms well and likes to hit, using a strong left-handed stiff arm to knock defenders off balance in pass protection. He likes to punch, slide his feet, anchor and punch again, an aggressive pass blocking technique. Davis is more likely a right tackle or a guard prospect unless he improves his footwork, but he will be a load to run behind and is very solid in pass protection. Davis anchors very well and has a strong base, allowing him to handle even the best bull rush attempts. He also avoids over-stepping and stays on balance for counter moves. Davis plays high at time and while he’s successful getting to the next level often, he has trouble with moving targets at times. A very good athlete for his size, Davis relies more on sheer bulk and size at the high school level and needs to work more on his ability to move.

Big Board Rankings (1/11) 16 17th

NFL Draft Spot 6th

ESPN’s Scouts INC 17th

Pro Draft Party 13th

Draft Board Insider 27th

Jesse Summary and Final Verdict

Anthony Davis is a mountain of a man and is a player that will interest a lot of teams, especially teams that want to get more physical along the offensive line.

Anthony Davis is not an elite pass blocker, but he can be an elite run blocker in the N.F.L.

Anthony Davis is not well-suited for LT in the N.F.L. because defensive ends are more and more becoming players with very powerful inital speed bursts that are looking to get to the quartertack. That is why I believe William Beatty can be an excellent LT in the league becuase he has huge hands, long wing span and good “LT Feet”.

Anthony Davis is the opposite of William Beatty, but he is a punishing run blocker and tenacious. He never gives up on a play and that is something that the Giants could use on their team. The Giants don’t have a ton of fiery personalities, Justin Tuck isn’t, Eli Manning isn’t, their offensive line isn’t they are workman-like. They all do well and go about their business, but they don’t get nasty. Anthony Davis will get nasty.

Final Verdict

I’m not sure that Anthony Davis will be on Jerry Reese’s radar, but he might be. It’s tough to tell what Jerry Reese and his team will do with Anthony Davis evaluation. First Jerry Reese has shown a penchant to draft players from well established BCS Schools early in the draft like and I can’t think of the top of my head any Big East players that Jerry Reese drafted.

I think it is very possible that Davis falls down to the Giants at 15th because their are very different types of offensive linemen in this draft that could be seen as the better pro prospects.

It’s just who you like I guess. Oklahoma State Russel Okung will be the first OT drafted.

Bruce Campbell from Maryland will be a workout warrior, Trent Williams from Oklahoma is also high, Bryan Baluaga out of Iowa may also be the second tackle drafted.

I like Anthony Davis, I think he is the perfect Dallas Cowboys offensive linemen (they like those big, bruisers), but We’ll have to wait and see what the Giants do.

Anthony Davis is in my top Five to be drafted players as it stands currently for the New York Giants becuase I think he represents great value at #15.

I think Davis will bring a spark to the line and he could dominante in the run game, which would give the Giants a great righit side to run to with Chris Snee and Anthony Davis over there it would also allow Will Beatty to move his athletic body over to the left side of the line and play athletically.

Davis, I do not believe will be drafted by the New York Giants as it stands currently, but I think he SHOULD be high on the list.

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DT Brian Price

ILB Brandon Spikes

S Earl Thomas

ILB Rolando McClain

RB C.J. Spiller

S Taylor Mays

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18 Responses to “Prospect Profiles-Anthony Davis”

  1. Jeremy says:

    I wouldn’t draft him with the 15th pick because I believe we can get great value in the 2nd round but maybe 10 picks later with the 25th pick and pick up a solid 2nd round pick in the process.
    Will he still be available that late? He would definetly improve our offense every other position on offense is solid except for our line( the real reason our running game sucked). I’m all in favor of protecting Eli. Look what the jets do behind their O-Line. A safety would be nice but all pro line play comes once in a while. Defensive players are a dime a dozen.
    How deep is this years draft in regards to O-linemen? Could we pick up a good one in the Second round?

  2. Jeremy says:

    I looked at the video and he doesn’t seem like a good pass blocker at all. The giants aren’t drafting him in the second or first rounds. Earl Thomas here we come.

  3. Steve B says:

    I am not sure, but it looks to be a good OL draft class, has 6 OT that have first round status, 3 of which should be top 15 picks (including Davis).

    I think the Giants can get a good RT out of this years draft, Beatty and Sintim were suppose to be first round prospects, but for whatever reason they fell, and Giants got them both in the 2nd round.

    But the question is where do we rank OT/RT (i believe it is right tackle, I think Beatty will be the new LT). In other words where do we rank OL as far as the Giants needs. I think the top priority is defense, which includes FS, MLB, DT. I think OT would be next, and if that was the draft order, we would be looking at a 4th round pick.

    But we still have Free Agency before the Draft, so a lot can change. Like the giants could get MLB Ryans from the Texans, and that would change everything.

    I still am unsure of how that would work, because a lot of the young talented free agents will be restricted, so what would be the cost of getting a RFA? And I believe if the compensation was draft picks, it would be next years draft picks not this years (not sure on that though).

  4. Jeremy-

    Dominating run blocker.

    he can pass block well enough to play the right side of the line.

    The Oline class is a few deep

    Russel Okung Oklahoma St will be the first T drafted.

    Bryan Baluaga (Iowa), Trent Williams (oklahoma), Bruce Campbell Maryland, Charles Brown (USC)

    are all possible first round picks.

    Charles Brown is built like William Beatty

    I’ll do a profile of Bruce Campbell later

    Bruce Campbell is an athletic monster

    Anthony Davis is the best run blocker in the draft.

  5. CMH says:

    I’d prefer to go the vet FA route for the RT slot.

    Is Jeremy Trueblood UFA? I remember thinking when he came out of school hat he would be a good drive blocking fit for the Giants. Plus he’s a BC guy and Caughlin loves that.

  6. Terrill says:

    Davis probably will not bench press 225 more than 18 times and his suppension in the Morgan State game was supposedly for a marijuana sitation so that may be under the radar to alot of people. He is a very good athlete having played basketball in high school but his power will be an issue against the big boys of the NFL.

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