2021 NFL Draft: Shawn Davis Player Profile

Shawn Davis NFL Draft

Shawn Davis 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Position: Safety
Height: 5’10.5
Weight: 202
School: University of Florida

Pro Day Stats and Measurements

Hand: 09 1/2
Arm:31 7/8
Wingspan: 78 1/4
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 39 1/2
Broad Jump: 10’08”

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Shawn Davis 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Overview

Born in Miami, Florida, Davis attended Southridge High School where he had 27 tackles and two interceptions as a junior. As a senior, he helped his team win the 2016 FHSAA Class 8A State Championship. He committed to the University of Florida.

As a freshman, Davis had three solo and eight assisted tackles with one pass broken up. In his sophomore year, Davis completed 16 solo and six assisted tackles with five passes broken up. During his junior season, Davis completed 33 solo and 18 assisted tackles with three interceptions and three passes broken up. In his senior year, 25 solo and 17 assisted tackles with one forced fumble, two interceptions, and one pass broken up.

Davis had his best game as a freshman against the University of Alabama at Birmingham with three tackles, a half-tackle for loss, one pass breakup, and one fumble recovery. He missed the first month of his sophomore season with an injury. Against South Carolina, Davis had a season-high four tackles. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in both his sophomore and junior years. Davis was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Auburn, where he completed six tackles and one interception. He was #4 on the team with 51 defensive stops and tied for second with a career-best three interceptions. Davis’ two interceptions against Kentucky were the Gator’s first multi-interception game since Chauncey Gardner-Johnson did it in the 2018 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. He had a team-leading 12 tackles, one-tackle-for-loss, and a fumble recovery at Texas A&M.

Strengths

  • Physical, aggressive, and hard-hitting safety who punishes targets;
  • Versatile on special teams and can play in numerous schemed offenses;
  • Short-range explosiveness and speed;
  • Good awareness in choosing angles and routes to defend;
  • Intense, passionate, and very coachable.

Weaknesses

  • Over aggressiveness can lead to penalties or undisciplined play;
  • Fast, but lacks that second gear for long-range/deep field plays;
  • Lacks size and length to match up against bigger, stronger runners;
  • Average athletically;
  • Has to work on his intercepting abilities/Tries too many times to catch the ball one-handed.

Player Comparison: Godwin Igwebuike

Teams With Need At Position: Los Angeles ChargersTampa Bay BuccaneersNew York GiantsBuffalo BillsCincinnati  Bengals

Draft Projection: Fifth Round

Bottom Line on Shawn Davis

Davis is a special teams dream. He is versatile, smart, and has experience playing multiple roles as a safety. His no-nonsense physicality, aggressiveness, and explosive tackling ability work well on the defensive side of the ball.

However, Davis limited by size, bad habits, and lack of speed to challenge one on one. There is still room in the NFL for a player like this, even if he never becomes a featured part of the defense. A team that drafts him will utilize him as mostly a special team asset who has the potential to be an above-average backup.

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