2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jordan Davis

  • Jordan Davis, 6-6/340

  • Defensive Tackle

  • Georgia

  • Jordan Davis Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Rare size/speed combination
  • Heavy nose tackle
  • Good athlete
  • Flexible
  • Change-of-direction skills
  • Can eat up double teams
  • Lateral anchor
  • Quickness
  • Bull rush
  • Tough run defender
  • Eats up blockers; frees up linebackers
  • Carries weight well
  • Strong at the point of attack
  • Good get-off when fresh
  • Quick at the point of attack
  • Successful against good competition
  • Uses hands and feet at same time
  • Impossible to move at the point of attack
  • Ready to contribute quickly
  • Can play a variety of techniques in a 4-3 or 3-4
  • Tough
  • Upside

  • Weaknesses:
  • Limited pass-rusher
  • Will need to stay on top of his conditioning
  • Can play too high when fatigued

  • Summary: Over the past four years, Davis has been a key cog in Georgia's dominant defense helping it to consistent season after season. He made an impact as a freshman with 1.5 sacks. Davis then had 2.5 sacks and 18 tackles as a sophomore. In 2020, he recorded 16 tackles and one sack. The senior has 28 tackles and two sacks entering the college football playoff.

    Davis is an asset in the ground game. He is impossible to move at the point of attack and has a strong anchor. Davis holds his ground well, and offensive linemen are unable to achieve any kind of push against him. Davis' lateral anchor is good as well. Routinely, he uses his strength and size to clog up the middle. When Davis is on the inside, it is rare to see a hole open up on an interior wall. Davis creates a blockade 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 during his pro career. Still, Davis should be one of the best run-defending nose tackle early in his first NFL contract.

    To be a first-round pick, an modern NFL every-down nose tackle needs to have the ability to contribute in the rush, and Davis does that by bulling his blocker back into the pocket to deny quarterbacks space to step up in the pocket. Davis is not a pass rusher, and he won't notch many sacks in the NFL. He will, however, help eat up space in the pocket. He can also eat up two interior blockers to create a one-on-one matchup for an interior rusher next to him.

    Davis would fit any NFL defense. He could be a nose tackle in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. With his length, Davis could play some five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 as well. He could be a top-20 selection in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

    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 the 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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