Jordan Davis has opened a lot of eyes as he leads the Georgian defense.
Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott took a deep breath as he remembered how the 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive tackle dulled the Tigers’ offense in Georgia’s 10-3 win. September 5.
“I had to check my eyes,” Elliott said in awe. “He is the greatest human being I have ever seen.”
Davis, a senior, is certainly tall. He’s also quick, nimble, technically strong, and is set to make the opening rounds of the NFL Draft next spring.
Davis has eight tackles in four games this season, including three behind the line of scrimmage. Its value, however, lies in occupying two or three offensive linemen to free up teammates to enter the backfield. As Davis said, “If there’s two on me, someone’s free.
Davis only played nine snaps in last week’s 62-0 win over Vanderbilt, mostly because he didn’t need to do so with Georgia until 21-0 just five minutes into the game. . His workload is expected to increase as the Bulldogs face No.8 Arkansas, No.22 Auburn and No.10 Florida in three of their next four games.
Davis likely would have been an NFL midterm selection last spring if he was gone. However, he wanted to come back, in part to help his teammates win a national championship.
Davis excelled at showing his speed as he became a defenseman each time capable of putting pressure on quarterbacks.
“It was a stationary object, and it was great. But that doesn’t get you far, ”Georgia coach Kirby Smart said earlier this season. “To get tackles for loss you have to be quick, you have to do stunts, you have to have twists, you have to have wins.”
Davis has shown it all this season.
SIZE AND STATISTICS
Georgia ranks Davis 6-6 and 340. He has eight tackles, although his time was limited as Georgia took a large lead in the last three of their four wins. He has three tackles for a loss and 1 ½ sacks. He played 36 games in four seasons, registering 6 ½ sacks and 36 tackles.
Davis’ game against Clemson at the opening of the renowned season warned the college football world that he had improved his game and that Georgia would be difficult to score against. Still, Johnson is a fan of how he smashed the UAB quarterback to make a tackle in week two., something he might not have been able to do in previous seasons.
THE TAKING OF THE SCOUT
Jim Nagy, executive director of Reese’s Senior Bowl, is impressed with Davis.
“Usually as a scout when you describe a guy as standing still he can’t move very well on his own,” Nagy said. “But he’s a still guy who can also move.”
Nagy said Davis is good against doubles teams that allow linebackers to play. Davis also has the length to pass and run sideways to make plays.
Scouts will be watching Davis to continue his upward movement and show he’s a three-way lineman to the next level, like Carolina’s Derrick Brown and San Francisco’s Javon Kinlaw, according to Nagy.
Davis’s strength and speed make him unique, and Nagy described his skills this way: “I think they’re kind of unicorns.”
“The more he can appear in front of the NFL teams, the better he will be,” said Nagy, who met Davis at SEC Media Days. “His personality and character will sell.”
He currently fits in as a likely choice in the first round or early in the second round, although his stature seems to increase with each week the Georgia defense keeps another opponent out of the end zone. Before the season, Pro Football Focus had Davis ranked as the second-best NFL draft prospect in the country for the inside defensive end behind only DeMarvin Leal of Texas A&M.
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