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 Post subject: Drew Davis, OT, Alabama
PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:38 am 
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PROS: Shows good mobility and at his best when he's blocking in space. Shows ability to get out on the second level and get the seal against the linebacker. Shows some ability to adjust in space when he's pulling.
CONS: Has poor technique and footwork in pass protection. Opens up his stance too early and is slow into his set. Struggles matching up with speed because of it, but is equally weak against a bull rush off the corner. Doesn't consistently playing with pop as a run blocker and unable to get position because of it. Doesn't seal edge effectively and needs to improve his hand placement. Needs to be covered up by the tight end. Needs to add strength and is too much of a waist bender. Misses some assignments when blocking in space.
OVERVIEW: Davis plays right tackle for Alabama, but is overmatched on the outside, and probably a much better fit inside on the next level. Started the past two years at right tackle for them.
NFL FORECAST: In order to make a transition to guard, he's going to have to fill out his frame better. This should add more strength and help him as a run blocker. It should also help him be better able to defend the bull rush on the interior as well. If he can get up in the 320-330 pound range, I think he has a legit shot to make a roster as a reserve guard, that can be a potential emergency fill-in at right tackle. But he's overmatched on the outside, and unless a coach really tinkers with his technique, then he stands no chance of sticking as a tackle. He's a project that even if he does succeed on the next level, it will only be as a backup in a scheme that likes to pull its guards.
ATL FORECAST: Davis is really just a camp body in Atlanta. If he was to somehow land a practice squad spot he could get a year to bulk up and be better able to handle the rigors of playing inside in the NFL. But he's too limited to think that he has a good chance of sticking on the roster, and is too much of a project that doesn't offer much long-term value, at least none that nobody currently on the roster doesn't.
VALUE: Davis should get a look in camp by some team, but they'd be wasting a pick on him because he's too much of a project

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