The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Ashtyn Davis 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-1, 202 pounds
Class: Redshirt Senior
2019 stats: 55 total tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, 4 passes defended, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble
Davis may have started his career as a walk-on, but molded himself into a solid NFL Draft prospect. He received a track scholarship at Cal, but decided to play football as well, which turned out to be a great decision.
After redshirting his freshman year on campus, Davis started seeing time as a reserve corner in 2016 with 25 total tackles and three passes defended. As a redshirt sophomore, Davis took a small step forward with 33 total tackles and one interception. He was a star for Cal in 2018 with 53 total tackles, four interceptions and five passes defended. Cal went 7-6, but lost to TCU in the Cheez-It bowl to end the year. For his senior season, Davis had 55 total tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended. The Golden Bears took a step forward with an 8-5 record and a win in the RedBox Bowl.
Now that his five seasons of eligibility are up, Davis is heading to the NFL Draft. He is currently projected to be drafted in round two or three of the 2020 NFL Draft.
His greatest strength is his speed, as he was a track star at Cal. The speed carries over on tape, as he always appears to be one of the fastest players on the field. He has great range if left to cover a deep zone and has the speed to cover some of the NFL’s fastest receivers.
He is a very versatile player that teams can use in a variety of ways. Davis started his career as a corner and played decently there. He excelled at safety over the last two seasons. NFL teams will love his ability to be moved around so they can use different personnel or build their roster differently based on where Davis is playing well. He should be able to play the nickel corner as well.
Davis has the athletic traits, but he also shows a willingness to help stop the run. When he recognizes it is a run play, he flies downhill towards the ball carrier. While he doesn’t always make the tackle, having an extra body attacking the ball carrier helps the team limit big plays. His speed allows him to pursue the ball carrier from far away and still get in position to make the play.
One of his biggest weaknesses is that he doesn’t read the field well. He lacks experience from the safety position and can be seen getting fooled by an offense on a semi-regular basis. This happens in both the running and passing game, but he needs to clear it up to limit big plays by opponents for his team.
Tackling has also proven to be tough for Davis. He is willing to try to make the play on the ball, but he doesn’t finish all his tackles. He needs to have better form and drive through the ball carrier rather than diving at their ankles. Keeping his head up, instead of going for the legs of the ball carrier should help him in this regard.
Because he has tight hips, his short-area movements aren’t always the quickest. This leads to good route runners getting open when he is in coverage and for players with the ball in their hands to juke away from him. His straight-line speed is great, but there will be quicker athletes in the NFL.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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