Carlton Davis NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

File-This Sept. 30, 2017, file photo shows Auburn defensive back Carlton Davis (6) breaking up a pass intended for Mississippi State wide receiver Jesse Jackson (86) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, in Auburn, Ala. Davis was selected to the AP All-America team announced Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
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POSITIVES

—Three-year starter who is physical at the line and when coming downhill as a tackler.

—Excels at the line of scrimmage where he can use his length (32 ¾") and size (6'1", 206 lbs) to jam.

—Ideal fit in a scheme like that of Jacksonville, Seattle or San Francisco.

—Plays the ball well in the air and gets good position on 50/50 passes to use his size and length to win.

—Strong enough to press receivers off their route path.

—Breaks on the ball fast and sees it well enough to flip the field with interceptions.

—Battle-tested in the SEC.

NFL-ready.

   

NEGATIVES

—Might be too handsy and grabby in coverage; has to learn to cover hands-free.

—Can be stiff in transitions; when asked to flip his hips and fly he's a little tight.

—Ran just a 4.53-second 40 at the combine and only jumped 34 inches in the vertical.

—Been banged up in college with injuries costing him time as a sophomore and junior.

    

OVERALL

Carlton Davis didn't run well enough to put himself into the conversation as a top-end first-rounder, but as a late first or early second-round pick he has the tools to become a very good starter in a scheme that'll let him play up on the line.

   

GRADE: 6.85 (Round 2)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals

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