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NFL Draft Preview: Javaris Davis

Javaris Davis has been a crucial piece to Auburn’s secondary for the last 4 years and is now off to make some well deserved money at the next level.

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Javaris Davis was a late addition to the 2015 class. He was apart of the flurry of commits Auburn landed when Will Muschamp came on board. Davis redshirted his freshman season before becoming an integral piece of Auburn’s secondary. He played in 49 games as an Auburn Tiger, starting in 35 of them.

Davis was initially snubbed by the Senior Bowl but an injury opened up an opportunity for the Jacksonville, FL native to participate in the event. He took full advantage.

Strengths

Speed and versatility are probably Davis’s greatest assets. Auburn used him all over the field during his career but his future at the next level is likely at the nickel spot where teams can best use his sure tackling ability and explosiveness.

While he didn’t get many opportunities in the return game while at Auburn, I think he could provide value to a team in the NFL on special teams as well. Because fireworks can happen when he gets the ball in his hands.

Weaknesses

Davis’s biggest drawback is his size. He measured in at 5’8” 183 lbs at the NFL Combine. Doesn’t matter how talented you are, 5’8” is probably gonna lose to 6’4” on jump balls. His size also can cause problems when asked to make 1 on 1 tackles on backs in the run game. While Davis was overall a sure tackler for the Tigers, he did at times need some help to get more sturdier ball carriers down.

There were also times Davis struggled in coverage, specifically when it came to jamming wideouts on their release. He got beat off the snap more often than you would like to see but his outstanding recovery speed allowed him to prevent too many big plays.

Numbers

40 Yard Dash - 4.39

Bench Press - 11 reps

Vertical Jump - 35.5”

Broad Jump - 124”

Bottom Line

Nothing is certain when it comes to the NFL Draft but chances look good Davis will hear his name called at some point in the next 3 days. After going awhile without producing many NFL defensive backs, Auburn is all of a sudden starting to churn out NFL calibre DBs. Noah Igbinoghene and Javaris Davis will likely continue that run and could even be joined by Jeremiah Dinson and/or Daniel Thomas.

Round Value: 6th-7th