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Mock Draft: Why Anthony Davis Of Rutgers Is Falling

Eric Galko@OptimumScoutingFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Offensive lineman Anthony Davis of Rutgers runs during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Once viewed as an athletic and mobile left tackle with top 10 potential from Rutgers, Anthony Davis has started to see his stock slip down draft boards in recent weeks.

Part of it has to do with the Combine, part of it his most recent Pro Day, and part of it his entire set of game film that honestly, I wasn’t overly impressed with.

Why He Was High on Boards:

Davis was a top-10 pick on many boards (not ours) for most of the year, competing with Bryan Bulaga as the second best offensive tackle in this draft class. Most scouts felt that with his 320-plus pound size, surprisingly long arms, wide base for a bigger offensive tackle, and mobility, it could make him into a Flozell Adams-like left tackle in the pros after a few years of coaching.

He was rather consistent on a game-by-game basis, and rarely was there a game where he didn’t flash a scent of dominance that intrigued scouts. Based on his game performance, scouts felt that he’d be a great Combine workout guy, and would show that not only could he dominate on the field, but could hold his own with any tackle in his class with respect to the athletic drills.

Why He’s Falling on Boards:

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To start, he first started falling on boards thanks to the NFL Combine. I, along with most NFL scouts, were expecting one of the better workouts and times among the offensive lineman in Davis. But when he posted some average bench press numbers and running times, along with very average pass protection drills, red flags started to be raised.

Now, however, scouts have actual beef with Davis. At his Pro Day on March 10, after meeting with NFL personnel the night before, bailed altogether on working out at his pro day, claiming he has a hamstring injury. Well, scouts will either be mad that he lied and didn’t tell them about the injury, or that he just didn’t want to workout and wasted all of their time. He didn’t even weigh in, which didn’t take a hamstring injury to limit him from.

My Scouting Report:

Maybe you’ve already gleaned the fact that I’m not a huge fan of Davis by my constant references to "scouts like" and "scouts think" in this article. I’ve watched about five full Rutgers games this year (I am fully responsible for the Big East at Optimum Scouting , and still scout the whole country), and I never felt Davis was an NFL left tackle for sure.

He feet aren’t quick enough for speed guys, and he’ll need tight end and running back help in the 3-4 defense nearly every play. He’s been a right tackle on my board for the entire season, and I feel he’s more of a Vernon Carey of Miami than a Flozell Adams or Andre Smith. He’s never had a top-15 grade on NFLHouse.com’s board.

Possible Destinations:

Now, after saying that he’s unlikely to be a left tackle, I wouldn’t let a power run offensive tackle of Davis’ talent slip out of the first round. Plenty of power running teams will be looking for his services. If he’s a left tackle, then you got a steal. If he’s a right tackle, he’ll likely be a very good one for many years.

Watch for Him To Go to One of These Six Teams:

No. 17 to San Francisco

No. 18 to Pittsburgh

No. 19 to Atlanta

No. 26 to Arizona

No. 27 to Dallas

No. 28 to San Diego

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