DAVON HOUSE, CB, New Mexico State
Triangle Numbers: 6-0, 190, 4.5
• Ideal height and bulk with long arms
• Athletic with adequate timed speed
• Pretty good hands and ball skills
• Willing tackler and will support the run
• Tough, aggressive and very physical
• Gets a good jam at the line of scrimmage
• Competitive with a short memory
• Durable and has a lot of experience
• Lacks fluid hips and doesn’t transition well.
• Questionable instincts and awareness
• Struggles to run downfield with speedy wideouts
• Allows separation and lacks a burst to recover
• Did not always face elite competition
Positives: Prototypical height and speed, appears to have adequate bulk… Good production in four years with the Aggies (202 tackles, 10 interceptions, forced fumble)… Plays with a lot of confidence and energy, feeds off making big plays and breaking up passes… Is a physical corner with a strong upper body, is effective in press coverage, will knock smaller receivers off their routes at the line of scrimmage… Has fairly quick hips, is quick to open up and run with receivers, even when in press coverage… Is not afraid of contact, will come up in run situations and stick his nose on the football… Is pretty effective in zone coverage, reacts to the quarterback’s eyes and shows good range in short zone coverage… Durability not an issue, has not missed any games due to injury.
Negatives: Needs to do a better job of reading receivers’ eyes and turning his head when the ball is in the air, can be too slow to locate the ball… Sometimes plays the ball with his wrong hand and opens up in the wrong direction making him vulnerable to giving up the big play if he misses the ball… Vertical leap appears to be lacking, does not jump very well in jump ball situations… A little overaggressive at times, especially in run defense, tackles too high and will miss tackles in open space from lowering helmet and lunging… Needs to polish up footwork, takes big steps at times and allows too much separation out of cuts, will be especially susceptible to double moves in the NFL… Instincts appear average at best, uses athleticism to get in position, but needs to work on keying in on his reads, especially in man coverage.
Davon House has not been on a winning team during his four years at New Mexico State, but he has been the bright spot on what has been a pretty bad NMSU squad over the last four years. House stepped right into a starting role as a true freshman in 2007 and has not looked back since. He started his career out with a bang by recording four interceptions as a freshman and breaking a school record with 171 return yards on those interceptions.
House has continued to be a very productive member and a leader of the entire Aggies defense. As a sophomore he tallied 40 tackles and added two more interceptions to his ever growing total. As a junior, House finally got some recognition for his stellar play and was named to a variety of all-conference teams. Leading the conference in passes defended and interceptions is a good way to get some accolades. House picked off three passes and ended up scoring two touchdowns…one off of a pick and the other resulting from a fumble recovery.
New Mexico State’s defense has had a very tough time creating turnovers and House has the team’s only interception through eight games in the 2010 season. That is a total of ten interceptions during his career and he should have a few more by the time his college days are over. House has been invited to the Senior Bowl and he should surprise quite a few people who stopped paying attention to NMSU long ago. If he does as well as expected, House could easily be a second round selection by April.
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Davon House is an intriguing prospect. Played at a smaller school, so didn’t always face the best competition. He’s not a number one corner. Not a number two either. More of a 3/4, can excel in nickel situations. He’s a 3rd-4th round pick. He’s physical, good in run support, solid in pass coverage. May have a future at safety, as well. He’s going to be a decent pro. Would look nice in a Giants uniform.