At no point in his four-year Maryland career was Sean Davis regarded as a first- or second-round NFL Draft pick. He played his first three seasons at safety, and his athleticism was obvious, but he was prone to being badly beaten over the top on vertical passes – a no-no for a deep safety trying to make it in the NFL. He moved to cornerback in his senior season, 2015, and the story was similar: terrific athleticism, occasional lapses that led to chunk gains for opposing receivers.
But Davis' NFL draft stock appears to be shooting skyward over the past few weeks. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick – you know, the greatest active football coach on the planet – reportedly visited with Davis and worked him out last week. Davis quietly drew good reviews for his work at Maryland's pro day earlier this month, and reports continue to filter out of various NFL cities that teams are picking up what Davis is putting down:
Bucs are bringing in Maryland DB Sean Davis for visit next week. Potential late 1st/2nd-rounder, has had visits/workouts with 19 NFL teams.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 13, 2016
Nineteen teams! That's a lot. The number probably comes from Davis' agent, and agents this time of year tend to generously credit teams with interest in their clients. But that's almost 60 percent of the league, and it's plenty safe to say Davis is a popular man these days.
He's 6'1, a bit more than 200 pounds and measured out well physically at the NFL Draft Combine. He ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, repped 21 times on a bench-press (which is a lot for a defensive back) and is, in general, ripped.
The Davis hype train never really left the station in College Park, but it's easy to see how an NFL team could see Davis' physical gifts and salivate about what to do with them. He's going to play in the NFL next year, and there's an increasingly good chance he won't have to wait long during the draft to find out where.