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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IDL Jordan Davis

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  • December 21, 2020
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Jordan Davis aligns as an interior defensive lineman for the Bulldogs' even front defense. He typically aligns at the 3-tech but has also played the 1 as they shift their front pre-snap. He demonstrates good reactive athleticism and lateral agility for a young man his size. He has good get off and has very explosive hands, easily jolting back the opposition where he can then disrupt the play. It's hard to run directly at this player, as he does an outstanding job of holding the point, disengaging, and getting to the football. He only has sufficient upside in the passing game, however. That could potentially change in the future depending on conditioning, etc.

 Ideal Role: Two-down interior defensive lineman with sufficient value in subpackages.

Scheme Fit: He has the schematic and positional versatility to play in an even or odd front. 


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Auburn (2019), Florida (2019), Georgia Tech (2019), Georgia (2020), Alabama (2020), Arkansas (2020)

Best Game Studied: Georgia Tech (2019)

Worst Game Studied: Arkansas (2020)

First-Step Explosion: He is an athlete that’s likely to be considered stronger than he is explosive overall. However, he has very explosive pop in his hands. He comes off the ball and easily jolts back offensive linemen.

Flexibility: This player has excellent positional flexibility. He can play the 1-shade or the 3-technique in an even front. He can even kick out to a 4i or play the 5-technique in an odd front. He has the body type and skill set to be proficient at both. 

Hand Counters: This player uses his explosive hands to win and to disengage inside. He has very good pop in his hands and creates a new line of scrimmage by blowing back the offensive line. He uses a push/pull inside to create disruption.

Hand Power: He has outstanding power in his hands. He uses his power to create distance from offensive linemen, when he can then disengage, move laterally and get to the football. He is very difficult to run at, due to this. 

Run Defense: This player is a dominant run defender and it is hard to run at him. He does an excellent job of holding the point of attack. He also uses his length and pop in his hands to create separation, disengage, and get to the runner. 

Effort: I think the effort level has been very good. Understand that a man his size playing as many snaps as he does may have a drop off occasionally. However, he has shown good effort late in drives and pursuing ball carriers out of his area. 

Football IQ: His football IQ has been very good. When they play misdirection teams, he does a good job of identifying blocking schemes and locating the football. He’s been consistent, for the most part, in this regard due to his technique and ability to identify blocking schemes.

Lateral: For a young man with his size, he does a very good job of moving laterally. He comes off the ball hard, creates separation with the power in his hands, and disengages. He demonstrates good effort to move laterally and to get to the football. 

Functional Strength: This player has excellent functional strength. He does an excellent job of being stout when hit with lateral pressure. He is rarely walked back with single blocks when his pad level is good.

Versatility: He displays very good positional versatility. He can play any of the interior positions in an even front scheme. He also has the body type and the skill set to play any of the interior defensive line positions in an odd front scheme. 


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 79/100

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