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49ers among teams to hold pre-draft interview with Alabama DT Raekwon Davis

Apr 16, 2020 at 5:03 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers are among the teams to hold a pre-draft interview with Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Davis said he has also spoken with the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Pre-draft conversations with draft prospects, which are being held virtually over video chat or by phone, can't last more than an hour, with no more than three with a single player per week. Davis was asked which NFL teams have been in contact the most or more regularly.

"The ones I just named," he responded.

Davis recorded 175 tackles, 19.5 for a loss, 11.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in four seasons with the Crimson Tide. His most impressive season may have come during his sophomore year in 2017 when he racked up 69 tackles, 10 for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and an interception.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, the 6-foot-6 and 311-pound Davis had a 40-time of 5.12 seconds, a vertical jump of 28 inches, a broad jump of 111 inches, completed the three-cone drill in 7.95 seconds, 24 reps in the bench press, and a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.86 seconds. Other measurables for Davis include an arm length of 33 7/8 inches and hands that measure 11 inches.

Below is the NFL.com draft profile bio on Davis:

One of the top 100 recruits of the class of 2016, Davis had to wait until after the first week of his freshman season to find out whether he would be academically eligible to play for the Tide. He got the go-ahead, then contributed in seven games as a reserve (four tackles, one sack) that season. Davis became a playmaker as a sophomore, garnering first-team All-SEC honors by posting 69 tackles, 10 for loss, and a team-high 8.5 sacks in 14 games (six starts). He became a star nationwide during Alabama's title run in 2017, making 10 tackles, two sacks, and an interception in the team's two playoff wins. Davis' production went down a bit during his junior season (55 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks in 15 games, 14 starts) so he decided to return to the Tide for the 2019 season. His production dropped again as a senior, though he still earned second-team all-conference notice from league coaches (47 tackles, three for loss, 0.5 sack in 12 starts).

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, who compares Davis to DeForest Buckner, wrote the following about Davis within his scouting report:

Rugged and powerful with elite physical traits, Davis has the ability to impose his will on opponents and dominate at the point of attack. He plays long and strong with rare leverage for a taller player and holds positioning against double teams for linebackers to flow freely. He was all over the backfield in 2017, but hasn't made nearly as many plays -- against the run or pass -- since then. Despite possessing unique traits and the potential to dominate, his upside could be a moving target based upon maturity level and continued growth as a rusher. He should be a first-round pick who can come in and start right away for an odd or even front defense.

Joe Marino of The Draft Network wrote the following about Davis within his scouting report:

Raekwon Davis was a top high school recruit in 2016 and he exploded onto the scene in 2017 with 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a sophomore. While growth was expected over his remaining time at Alabama, it never happened. In 2018 and 2019 combined, Davis had 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, never making near the same impact as he did in his second season. With that said, in terms of length, power and heavy hands, Davis' toolbox is loaded. He is a stout run defender that plays with great extension and can defend multiple gaps. His pass rushing skill set, however, is underdeveloped. If he can become more consistent compressing the pocket and more effectively deploying his pass rush plan with better vision and timing, Davis could finally take that next step. His physical traits are tantalizing and his best football could be ahead of him. He should factor into an NFL defensive line rotation early on with the upside to start in time.

Measurables


Height: 6-6
Weight: 311 lbs.
Arm length: 33 7/8 inches
Hand length: 11 inches

NFL Scouting Combine


40-time: 5.12 seconds
Vertical: 28 inches
Broad jump: 111 inches
3-cone drill: 7.95 seconds
Bench press: 24 reps
20-yard shuttle: 4.86 seconds

College Statistics
Year School Class G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk
2016 Alabama FR 4 1 3 4 1.0 1.0
2017 Alabama SO 13 24 45 69 10.0 8.5
2018 Alabama JR 14 24 31 55 5.5 1.5
2019 Alabama SR 12 18 29 47 3.0 0.5
Total Alabama 67 108 175 19.5 11.5



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