Jan 24, 2015; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad defensive tackleCarl Davis
of Iowa (71) enters the field during player introductions before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The North won, 34-13. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Seattle Seahawks Seven-Round Mock Draft
Round 2 (63): Carl Davis, Iowa DT
If you have been following Emerald City Swagger throughout the off-season, you know how much I like Carl Davis.
The 6’5″ 315 pound DT from Iowa would also fill a need on the defensive line. As a whole, the line wasn’t as dominant in 2014 as they were in 2013 when they had a rotation at both DE and DT, and were able to keep everyone fresh.
After losing Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald, the Seahawks had some holes to fill, which they did somewhat effectively by bring in Kevin Williams. He, along with Jordan Hill and Tony McDaniel performed admirably alongside star Brandon Mebane for most of the regular season. That is, until Mebane tore his hamstring, and Hill’s ankle and calf gave out on him. Which left Williams (34 years old), McDaniel (30 years old) and Will Tukuafu (our freakin’ fullback!) to play DT.
He has fantastic strength and explosiveness off the ball immediately putting interior linemen on their heels. Having that “punch” right off the snap is what stops offenses from doing what they want to do, and Davis is better at it than any other defensive lineman in the draft including Leonard Williams and Danny Shelton. Davis is almost always the first player off the line.
Nov 28, 2014; Iowa City, IA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) is pressured by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Carl Davis (71) at Kinnick Stadium. Nebraska beat Iowa 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
Unsurprisingly, he is good at throwing blockers off his frame with his upper body strength. However, he also has an effective spin, and a devastating swim move. Davis disengages blockers with ease to pursues the ball carrier. He also gets impressive leverage for a 6’5″ player, and is able to hold his ground against double teams effectively.
Davis doesn’t have great feet. On the off-chance that he does end up having to make a play out in space, he is not likely to make the play, and is likely to look pretty uncoordinated. This weakness is pretty easy to hide however simply by putting him over the center. He also tends to slow down as the game wears on, but this is one of the easier problems to fix.
This is one of those awesome situations where best player available and needs intersect perfectly. Carl Davis would be a contributor for the Seahawks for years to come. From Cortez Kennedy to Rocky Bernard to Brandon Mebane, Davis could be the next mainstay at DT.
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