2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Wyatt Davis
By Charlie Campbell
Summary: Davis earned a starting spot on Ohio State's offensive line as a redshirt sophomore and put together a strong debut. He did a good job of opening a lot of holes for J.K. Dobbins that season and helped Justin Fields produce a prolific season for Ohio State. Davis had some issues in pass protection early in the 2020 season, but the junior improved as the year progressed. He then decided to skip his senior year and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
In the ground game, Davis is a tough blocker who has the ability to bull defenders and create movement at the point of attack. Davis fires off the ball and has the power to rock defenders backward and push them out of their gaps. Davis brings an attitude to the field and blocks through the whistle, looking to punish defenders. He has heavy hands and does a good job of sustaining blocks to prevent second efforts.
For short-yardage and goal-line situations, Davis is a real asset to push defenders, turn them, and manipulate them with his strong upper body. Davis can occasionally overset and lunge, especially at the second level, which can cause him to lose his feet, but he should be able to fix that in the NFL with more coaching. In the ground game, Davis should be an asset for his pro team.
Davis has the potential to be solid blocker in pass protection, but he will need some development. He can react late to speed rushes, stunts, and games up front. Davis can get in trouble when his weight gets over his toes, and that gives him issues with speed rushers. With his weight and strength, Davis can anchor to hold his ground against bull rushes. However improving his ability to handle speed rushers and games run by defenses are the biggest areas of emphasis for Davis entering the NFL.
Early in his NFL career, Davis could become a starting right guard. He would be a good fit in a power-man blocking scheme at the next level. He could play in a zone scheme as well. Davis looks like a second-day prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft and a safe pick to turn into a solid NFL starter.
Player Comparison: Davin Joseph. Davis reminds me of Joseph during his good years with Tampa Bay. Joseph (6-3, 313) was a little better athlete and was a more polished pass protector, thus Joseph was a first-round pick. Davis will probably go on Day 2 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Joseph was not flawless in pass protection, however, and Davis could improve with pro coaching. I could see Davis having a good career at right guard like Joseph did.
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