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Ryan Davis Q&A
As a junior, Davis led Bethune-Cookman with 18 tackles for losses and 6 1/2 sacks.
A natural edge rusher with hybrid positional flexibility as a potential 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Davis has drawn solid marks from NFL scouts and is projected anywhere from the fourth round to the seventh round by draft analysts.
Scout caught up with Davis recently for the following interview:
Scout: How much have 3-4 teams like the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens had contact with you?
Davis: "Yes, I have talked to those organizations. I'd be blessed to go to any of those teams. They all have winning teams and are in the hunt for the Super Bowl. I talked to the Ravens. I would be blessed to go there. Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are great role models. I talked with New England at the HCBU bowl. They gave me a lot of great feedback."
Scout: How important was the Battle of Florida game for you as far as competing against players from larger schools?
Davis: "That was a big game for me just because people wanted to see me outside of the HCBU game. It was a great week for me to show the scouts and general managers that I can dominate no matter what the level of competition is. It was great for me, real huge."
Scout: Were you upset to not be invited to the NFL scouting combine?
Davis: "I'm not going to lie. At first, it kind of bothered me a little bit. That's something that I try not to dwell on too much. I just use it as motivation. If it was meant for me to go, then I would have been selected. I look at it as it gives me extra time to get ready for my Pro Day. I'm thankful for that opportunity."
Scout: When is your Pro Day?
Davis: "March 30"
Scout: What position do you prefer to play in the NFL? Defensive end or outside linebacker?
Davis: "I don't really have a preference. I feel like I can play the 3-4 as a rush outside linebacker. I think teams will use me for my pass rushing ability. I've been doing linebacker drills and defensive line drills."
Scout: What's your best 40-yard dash time?
Davis: "My best time in college was a 4.71, but I'm probably more like a 4.6 now. I did a 35-inch vertical leap at school."
Scout: What kind of feedback have you gotten from NFL teams?
Davis: "I got a lot of positive feedback at the Battle of Florida game. I talked to about 25 teams. All of them had great things to say about me. They were all telling me to keep it up. It was overwhelming at one point, it's new to me."
Scout: How did you wind up at Bethune-Cookman?
Davis: "I got to Bethune after they didn't really recruit me hard out of high school. I was getting recruited by all the major Florida schools except the University of Miami to play tight end, but my test score wasn't up to par. None of the big schools offered me, and Bethune stuck with me and I ended up signing with them. It's been a blessing to be there."
Scout: Do you expect to be drafted?
Davis: "I'm optimistic that I have a good chance. I think I have what it takes, but it's about exposure and getting out there. I know I can play at the next level. I possess a lot of great tools that will translate into the NFL. I'm hoping to get drafted. No specific round, I just want my foot in the door. I want to show them I'm a player."
Scout: What are your best pass rushing moves?
Davis: "I think my best pass rushing moves are my rip and club. I come off the ball fast and give them a little head fake. That works nine times out of 10. Another one of my best moves is my spin move. I can bull-rush people. That catches people off-balance because they think I'm just a speed guy. That translates well to the bull rush."
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