Under the Radar – LB Demario Davis

by Dan Klausner

Demario Davis
Arkansas State
6016, 235

Three-year starter. Played in 48 of 49 possible games. No major injuries. Three-time All-Sun Belt selection.  Finished his career with 7 sacks, 4 INTs, 22.5 TFLs, 5 FFs, and 229 total tackles.   

Davis is a player who I think will be a riser in the coming months. Davis first caught my eye in the GoDaddy.com Bowl and I was blown away.  Watched more of him and was very impressed, especially because Davis played behind a defensive line that moved around a lot and didn’t occupy blockers like a normal front four. As a result, he had to be very adept at taking on blockers and flashed the ability to stack and shed. Davis is a gifted athlete — Arkansas State offensive coaches actually wanted him on that side of the ball last season — for the position who can run (wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up being the fastest linebacker prospect not named Zach Brown); he’s a true sideline-to-sideline guy and also makes plays in the backfield. Very fluid in his movements and drops; comfortable in coverage and can hang with running backs and tight ends. As I watched Davis play, the one thought that came to mind over and over again was that he looked like an NFL LB. Honestly, I can’t believe he hasn’t gotten more hype, regardless of playing at Arkansas State. Oh, and the cherry on top is that Davis is a fundamentally sound tackler; he exhibits great form, maintains leverage, and wraps up the ball carrier, more often than not driving him backwards. Unquestioned emotional leader of one of the nation’s best overall defenses.

Played OLB in college, but was used at MLB at the Senior Bowl.  Isn’t the biggest guy, but could be a Jon Beason type of MLB.  Definitely athletic enough to play on the outside.  Intriguing prospect with obvious NFL skills, worth keeping an eye on.

(Editor’s note:  Dan wrote 99% of this prior to Davis playing in the Senior Bowl, so he truly was an under the radar prospect at that point.  Davis was a late addition to the game, taking the place of Mychal Kendricks)

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Dan is an avid draftnik and regular contributor to SB Nation Philly, as well as running his own blog.

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