Raekwon Davis has endured two successive disappointing seasons at Alabama and will need a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.
Raekwon Davis has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl after leading the youthful Alabama defensive line in 2019.
Davis is a rare Alabama five-star defensive lineman recruit who did not elect to go pro after his junior season in Tuscaloosa.
He returned for a senior season that was beset by inconsistency as he was outshined by other defensive linemen in the 2020 class. After racking up 8.5 sacks in 2017, Davis’ development appears to have stalled in the last couple of years.
In 2018 Davis had only 1.5 sacks and registered just half a sack in 2019. He recorded 45 tackles, though only three of those were for a loss.
Davis did put together a strong performance in Alabama’s thrilling Iron Bowl defeat to Auburn, finishing with eight tackles and one TFL. If he does not play in the Crimson Tide’s bowl game, then Davis can at least say he went out with a strong performance.
Despite the poor numbers in recent years, Davis remains one of the best defensive prospects in the 2020 class. He’s a versatile athlete who can play on the defensive interior and on the edge. Teams will love his duplicity but will question his lack of production.
The week in Mobile will give Davis the opportunity to answer those questions. He did not make the most of his last two seasons playing for one of the dominant powers in college football. However, if he takes advantage of his chance at the Senior Bowl and puts together a strong series of practices, it could be enough to restore a reputation that may have taken something of a hit after another underwhelming campaign.