The former Cal track star turned highly thought of safety product Ashtyn Davis will light up the combine in the early Spring, and as a result, have NFL teams drooling over his speed, range, and agility. Davis will be in Mobile, Alabama in a couple months where he can prove this writer wrong, but right now, Davis has just a fourth round grade.
Sure he has range and can work sideline-to-sideline, but the 6-1 and 200 pound safety does not read and react well or in time to get to the point of attack before the play has already developed. Davis, even given his quick downhill ability, does not initiate at the point of contact, nor does he thrive as an open field tackler.
These are three traits that NFL teams need from a safety, and they are not ones that Davis possesses. He does, however, flash in coverage given his range, and show the ability and the versatility to play in the box as well.
Fireworks will pop in March when Davis steps on the artificial turf in Indianapolis this Spring, but Davis is fools’ gold. Small school prospects Kyle Duggar and Jeremy Chinn would be better prospects to pursue than Davis has shown thus far.