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The Future 40, Prospect 31: Anthony Davis Scouting Report


A new series was formed about two months ago here called The Future 40, and the next edition is here! The segment has and will continue to run every other day until late April as we provide you with in-depth scouting reports of some 2010 NFL Draft prospects, giving you information key to understanding some of the players’ strengths, weaknesses, projected round of selection, possibility of being picked by the Eagles, and much more! And because the Draft is an important event for the entire league, some of the top-ranked players not expected to go to Philadelphia will also be reported on. In the first look at a prospect, we evaluated Nebraska’s DT Ndamukong Suh, who many consider to be the best player in the entire rookie class. In the second, we examined powerful RB Jonathan Dwyerand in the other editions that have released, LB Sean WeatherspoonCB Joe HadenSS Earl ThomasRB/WR Dexter McClusterFS Taylor MaysOG Mike IupatiQB Colt McCoyRB Ryan Mathews and DE Jason Pierre-Paul have been included. For a complete list of the prospects covered, simply click here. This time around, we took a look at Anthony Davis:

  • Prospect Name: Anthony Davis
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • College: Rutgers University
  • Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 325 pounds
  • Age: 20 years
  • Class Status: Junior

Summary: When he wants to be, Anthony Davis is arguably the best offensive blocker set to be available in the nearing NFL Draft. The key phrase in that sentence was “when he wants to be”, however. He has a tendency to shy away from a consistent work ethic and constant drive to dominate, but remains one of the best prospects at the tackle position. As long as his employer at the professional level is able to push him to succeed and not succumb to things such as conditioning and intense practices, he should be in for a lengthy career in football. He attended Piscataway High School in New Jersey, where he played as a three-year starter on the offensive line and received a variety of collegiate offers. Ultimately, he chose to play in the NCAA for Rutgers University, and was projected to make an immediate impact for their squad. He did just that, appearing in all 13 games as the team’s leading right guard and earning Freshman All-American honors. Because of a solid offseason leading up to it, Davis was transferred to the left tackle spot for the ‘08 campaign. His production seemed to drop slightly, as the club’s pass protection was not nearly as good, but he progressed at the new position as the year went on. In his junior season as a Scarlet Knight, Davis helped lead a respected offensive unit en route to a 9-4 record (an improvement from the previous two years). After 2009, the lineman announced his decision to forgo his senior season at the collegiate level and that he would enter the 2010 NFL rookie selection process, which takes place in late April. Barring the presence of Russell Okung (a projected top-five Draft pick), Anthony Davis is probably the top offensive tackle set to be available. Of course, others such as Trent Williams and Bryan Bulaga are arguably just as talented, but Davis’ strong showings in college and decent Combine/workout displays make him a potential target of many pro organizations.

Career Statistics:

YEAR TEAM GAMES GAMES STARTED SNAPS MISSED DURING STARTS
2007 13 8 -
2008 12 12 -
2009 13 13 -

Notable Achievements/Awards:

  • All-Big-East Honors (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • All-American Honors (2008, 2009)
  • Freshman All-American Honors (2007)
  • Outland Trophy award watch list member (2009)
  • Rotary Lombardi award watch list member (2009)

Strengths:

  • Has an intimidating physical frame that he uses well in driving opponents back
  • Is quite agile and quick-footed for a player at his position
  • Has good awareness and instincts on the offensive line
  • Can explode with dominance at times
  • Possesses a wide range of effective blocking techniques/fending motions
  • Is versatile and can play both the left and right tackle spots
  • Can move outside his initial placement on the line if necessary
  • Is an aggressive, forceful run blocker
  • Has a large overall skill set and level of athleticism
  • If he puts in the work, has the potential to get even better at the professional level
  • Adjusts well in accordance to his opposing lineman and knows which blocking angles to take

Weaknesses:

  • Tends to have a poor work ethic
  • Is an inconsistent performer
  • Sometimes unable to contain athletic defensive tackles
  • Doesn’t have a whole lot of competition in his attitude
  • Lacks a desire for consistent, proper conditioning, and arguably a passion for the game

Projected Round of Selection: 1st-2nd round

NFL Player Comparison: Bryant McKinnie, Minnesota Vikings

We hope that everyone enjoyed the 31st report for The Future 40 prospect segment, and urge you to keep checking back for more scouting analysis as the series continues all the way up until the Draft! Also, remember that we will happily take and consider requests from our fans for this series! If you or another Eagle fanatic is interested in seeing a certain player be evaluated in The Future 40, be sure to contact us as soon as possible, and we will attempt to include your selected prospect!

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