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Cody Davis: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Texas Tech Safety

Marcelo VillaCorrespondent IIJanuary 5, 2017

Cody Davis: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Texas Tech Safety

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    A four-year starter at Texas Tech, Cody Davis leaves the Red Raiders as one of the most accomplished safeties in school history—both on the field and in the classroom.

    Davis has not been recognized as one of this year's premier safeties in the draft, but his accolades at Texas Tech shouldn't go unnoticed. 

    Here are five thing you need to know about the Texas Tech SS.

Background

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    Full Name: Cody Davis

    Birthday: June 6, 1989

    Hometown: Stephenville, Texas

    High School: Stephenville High School

    Major: Business Administration

    Year: Senior

    Despite offers from Baylor, Duke, Houston, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, SMU and Vanderbilt, Davis elected to attend Texas Tech after a fairly successful career at Stephenville High School.

    Upon completion of his senior year at Texas Tech, Davis was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic-America First Team and became the first Texas Tech football player to earn the honor since 2002.

Statistics

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    2009: 81 tackles, 2 TFL, 6 PDEF

    2010: 87 tackles, 1 sack, 7 TFL, 3 FF, 1 FR, 4 PDEF, 1 INT

    2011: 93 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 FF, 5 PDEF

    2012: 101 tackles, 4 TFL, 7 PDEF, 3 INT

    After redshirting the 2008 season, Davis quickly became an integral part of the Red Raiders' defense while improving upon his individual numbers with each season. The 2012 campaign was Davis' best year by far as he demonstrated the ability to make plays in the box and in coverage.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 203 lbs.

    Arm Length: 30 5/8"

    Hand Size: 9 1/2"

     

    Combine Results (Super Regional at Cowboys Stadium)

    40-yard Dash: 4.4 sec.

    Broad Jump: 10'3"

    Vertical Jump: 41 1/2"

     

    Pro Day Results

    40-yard Dash: 4.41 sec.

    Bench Press: 15 reps

    Broad Jump: 10'3"

    Vertical Jump: 41 1/2"

    20-yard Shuttle: 4.01 sec.

    3-cone Drill: 6.77 sec.

     

    Davis was not invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, but he excelled at the Super Regional Combine in Arlington where he really impressed scouts. Davis followed that up with an equally productive pro day workout.

     

    *Super Regional Combine results courtesy of NFL.com

    *Pro Day results courtesy of nfldraftscout.com

    *Measurables courtesy of CBS Sports

Interesting Facts

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    During his high school career at Stephenville, Davis is noted for having scored a touchdown five different ways (via Texas Tech athletics website).

    In 2011, Davis became just the third Red Raider over the last 12 years to record at least 80 tackles in three consecutive seasons.

    In that same year, Davis was also the first Red Raider to lead the team in solo tackles in back-to-back seasons since Brian Duncan (via Texas Tech athletics website).

    Davis' 101 total tackles in 2012 were the most by a Red Raider safety since 2005 (via Texas Tech athletics website).

Observations

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    "Davis was not only one of the most impressive athletes in attendance, but he was routinely cited as the highest-rated prospect in the building by several scouts. He certainly didn't disappoint evaluators by putting together a solid overall performance." (via NFL.com/NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks)

    "Davis will have to prove to scouts that he has the athleticism to handle coverage responsibilities in the NFL to earn a draft selection but his size, durability and open field tackling skills could make him an effective special teams performer." (via CBS draft Sports analyst Rob Rang)

    "Cody Davis may not be a name that has come up much during the draft process, but he has the size and mental makeup that will force teams to notice him." (via Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Garrett Baker)

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