Oakland Raiders First Round Draft Pick: Anthony Davis
I believe Anthony Davis is the second best tackle in the draft behind Russell Okung of Oklahoma St. However, Davis will probably go behind Trent Williams of Oklahoma or maybe even Bruce Campbell of Maryland. So the Raiders should be in perfect position to take Davis with the eighth pick.
What makes Anthony Davis such a good prospect? Well, he has the perfect build for a Tackle (6-5, 328 lbs). He is a pretty good athlete. He might be a slightly better pass blocker than run blocker, but I'd say he's about the same. When he's pass blocking he uses his long reach to keep the more elusive defensive ends in the back field.
Since there are more hybrid 3-4 guys in the NFL now-a-days, Davis would provide a formidable match for them. When run-blocking, I noticed he generally takes good angles either on defensive ends, or in the second level of the defense. He overpowers guys seven out of 10 snaps. He has the potential to be a top-five tackle in this league.
What are his weaknesses? When he is run-blocking, he doesn't always finish plays like a guy of his talent should. For some reason, he doesn't have the mean streak that most great lineman have. As I stated before, he isn't as consistent as he ought to be. He has had a few character issues, but nothing major.
Why does he fit? In Oakland's zone blocking scheme it requires someone who can move around pretty effectively, and someone who has sheer athletic ability. Ding-ding-ding! We have a winner. I don't know if there's a better fit. If the Raiders switch from a zone-blocking scheme to a man-blocking scheme than this can change. It depends on the coordinator and the coach.
An issue is which position he would play. I think he fits better as a left tackle, which is his natural position. That would involve moving Mario Henderson to right tackle. Davis also has played guard, but scouts don't see him playing that position in the NFL.
What are other possibilities? Well, if Davis is off the board, or the Raiders decide to go in another direction for the eighth pick here are the top five prospects that the Raiders will be looking at:
1) DT Brian Price 2) OT Bruce Campbell 3) S Taylor Mays 4) DE Carlos Dunlap 5) ILB Rolando McClain
Where do other sports websites rank Anthony Davis (by position):
ESPN: No. 3, WalterFootball.com: No. 3, FootballsFuture.com: No. 3, Nfldraftdog.com: No. 2
Anthony Davis could be the next great tackle. Let us see if the Raiders think that as well.
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