2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jordan Davis
By Charlie Campbell
Summary: Over the past four years, Davis was a key cog in leading Georgia to have a dominant defense year-in-and-year out. Davis made an impact as a freshman with 1.5 sacks. He had 2.5 sacks and 18 tackles as a sophomore. In 2020, Davis notched 16 tackles and one sack. As a senior in 2021, Davis had 32 tackles and two sacks.
Davis is a real asset in the ground game. He is impossible to move at the point of attack and has a strong anchor. He holds his ground well and offensive linemen are unable to generate any kind of push against Davis. His lateral anchor is good as well. Davis regularly uses his strength and size to clog up the middle. With Davis on the inside, it is rare to see a hole open up on an interior wall. He creates a wall and leads to a lot of run stuffs that provide good down-and-distance situations. He also has the speed and athleticism to flow to the ball and get in on tackles outside of his gap. Maintaining leverage and his conditioning will be points of emphasis as a pro. Still, Davis should be one of the best run-defending nose tackle early in his NFL career.
In the passing-driven NFL, an every-down nose tackle has to have the ability to contribute in the rush to be a first-round pick, and Davis does that well, bulling his blocker backward into the pocket to deny the quarterback space to step up in the pocket. Davis is not a pass rusher, and he won't notch many sacks in the NFL, but he will help eat up space in the pocket. He also can eat up two interior blockers to create a one-on-one matchup for an interior rusher next to him.
Davis should fit any NFL defense. He could be a nose tackle in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Davis' length could let him play some five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 as well. In the 2022 NFL Draft, Lawrence could be a top-20 selection.
Player Comparison: John Henderson. Multiple team sources have compared Davis to Henderson. Henderson (6-7, 335) was a tall, mammoth nose tackle who was a tough run defender for the Jaguars and Raiders. Henderson went to a few Pro Bowls during his career and was an interior run-stuffing force. Davis could become a similar pro.
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