Scouting Report: Anthony Davis

Written by Will Spencer on April 14, 2010




Anthony Davis


Position: OT School: Rutgers
Height: 6’5″ Weight: 323 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 5.40

Overall Grade:

6.82

Draft Projection:

Late 1st Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 9
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 7.5
Durability 8 8
Character 6 3
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 9.5


Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Pass Blocking 10 8.5
Run Blocking 10 7
Awareness 8 7
Hand Placement 6 5
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5
Footwork 8 7
Leverage 8 7



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Very athletic offensive lineman. A true finesse type blocker. Gets out of his stance quickly and into his kick slide with ease. Footwork is above average and seems light on his feet. Uses long arms (34″) to lock onto defenders and gain control. Against edge rushers, has the athletic ability to keep them to the outside of the pocket. Does a nice job getting to the 2nd level and looks quick and athletic while blocking for screen passes. Strength is above average, but not ideal.

Weaknesses

Will tire and start to bend at the waist. Has a tendency to lunge against speed rushers. Has a hard time with quick pass rushers that can change directions from outside rush to inside. If Davis allows defenders to get inside his reach, the bull rush will beat him every time. Run blocking leaves a lot to be desired. Will allow quick defenders to shoot the gap on him when needing to get a good hook/angle block for stretch plays. Doesn’t always finish his blocks and will give up before the play is over. Has some character and work ethic concerns.


Analysis

Davis is a real enigma. Sometimes you watch him and can’t help but think he’s the best offensive lineman in the draft. Other times, he appears lazy and outmatched. The biggest concern with Davis is his work ethic and maturity. He missed a game in 2008 for violating team rules, sat out one quarter of a game in 2009 for being late to a team meeting and reportedly came into 2009 camp overweight and was pushed back on the depth chart. Davis also had some issues at his pro day, where he actually failed to show up. The team had to call Davis to come in after scouts began to complain and Davis was reportedly sick, or had a hamstring issue…both of which were reported. Davis has all of the physical tools in the world to be a premier left tackle in the NFL. His quickness and athletic ability at the LT spot are second to none in the draft, but he just hasn’t put it together. If he does, he could be a perennial Pro Bowl player and with the right coaching staff and support, he could do just that. If not, he could have a very short NFL career.

Experience

Started final eight games of freshman season at right guard. Moved to left tackle in 2008 and started every game since.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-Big East.
2008: 2nd team All-Big East (coaches). 1st team All-Big East (media).
2007: 1st team Freshman All-American.


Academics

Unknown major at Rutgers.

Injuries

No history of injuries.

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.