2021 NFL Draft Participant Profiles: Florida S Shawn Davis – Steelers Depot


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#6 Shawn Davis / S Florida – 5096 199

The Good

  • Good vary to play in cut up security appears
  • Good ball expertise to make a play on the ball
  • Good acceleration and alter of route particularly coming downhill
  • Likes to be part of defending the run
  • Good tackler filling gaps versus the run
  • Potential to be an efficient blitzer

The Unhealthy

  • Not a match as the only excessive security
  • Will bounce fakes and beneath routes
  • Wants to enhance diagnosing of route mixture
  • Aiming level and poor wrap resulting in slipping off of tackles
  • Angles/path to the ball exterior and throughout the sector
  • Harm historical past pressured a number of missed video games


  • Profession – 123 tackles, 76 solo, 5.5. TFL, 5 INT for 156 yards, 10 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF
  • 2020 – 39 tackles, 24 solo, 2.0 TFL, 2 INT for 45 yards, 1 PD, 1 FF
  • 37 video games, 15 begins
  • Injured hamstring at Professional Day
  • Senior Bowl Invitee

Tape Breakdown

The Steelers will probably be trying so as to add depth at many positions on this draft and that features security.  Behind the starters there’s room so as to add some athletes to again up the starters and play on particular groups.  Shawn Davis is a bodily security who has expertise enjoying deep, close to the road of scrimmage and within the slot.

In opposition to the move, when enjoying deep Davis has performed in a wide range of coverages. When enjoying as the only excessive security he maintains loads of depth to remain deeper than the deepest receiver. In a cut up security look he often aligned to the sector aspect and had good vary and pace to run with receivers.  When within the slot, he performed in off Man protection and was in a position to match the physicality when matched up with tight ends. He has good change of route and acceleration particularly when coming downhill. He shows good aggressiveness versus screens and has the acceleration to make an affect as a blitzer. He’s a strong open discipline tackler when he breaks down and wraps up. His ball expertise are good when in vary and can go after the ball and might make the interception.

Vs Georgia, Davis (31) comes from a two deep look he reveals off his vary and makes a play on the ball alongside the sideline.


Vs South Carolina, Davis (6) is lined up within the slot means off of the WR and can make a pleasant play on the fade route.


Vs Georgia, he’s enjoying deep as the only excessive security and makes the interception on a YOLO ball and reveals good return expertise.


In opposition to the run, he likes to be a part of the motion irrespective of the place his is lined up on the sector. He has good acceleration, works by way of visitors properly and flows to the ball.  He’ll assault from the deep security; fill lanes inside when nearer to the road of scrimmage and act because the drive defender on the sting. He hits with physicality and can work in between the large our bodies inside and reveals consciousness on the backs aspect to learn the mesh.

Vs Georgia, he’s the security on the best and reveals his willingness to play the run. He makes the cease contained in the tackles.


Vs Georgia, he’ll come downhill, squares up the runner and makes the fast cease.


Vs Kentucky, he’s within the field and reads the run, works by way of the visitors and makes the play close to the road of scrimmage.


He doesn’t have the vary to play as the only excessive security constantly. He wants to enhance on diagnosing of route combos to place him in higher place to make a play on the ball. In Man protection he performs too far off of WR’s to make an affect on the move. There have been video games the place they took him out in passing conditions close to the tip zone. The interceptions I noticed have been on overthrows. His angles to the surface are shallow. He doesn’t purpose for the surface hip and can lunge somewhat than driving by way of the runner.  He’ll slip off the legs of runners.  He bows his route towards the run when enjoying deep usually working below the umpire to should then flip to angle exterior or again deep once more. He’ll make dangerous selections chasing a run pretend or leaping the fallacious routes.

Vs Georgia, he’s the security on the best and he and the linebacker react to the working again. Realizing his mistake he turns to run deep and doesn’t see the receiver run behind him getting huge open down the left sideline.


At Texas A&M, he’s lined up deep and can bounce the run pretend giving him no probability to assist out on the deep route.


Vs Kentucky, he comes from deep on this working play and he lunges on the again hip and slips off of the sort out.


General, Davis is an effective athlete that performs with good physicality.  He can play because the deep security or close to the road of scrimmage, has good ball expertise, COD, acceleration and is strong tackler particularly when supporting the run.  Areas to enhance embody diagnosing of route combos, angles and routes to the surface and throughout the sector versus the run and tackling approach.

I like Davis’ athleticism and his willingness to help the run. I wouldn’t use him as a single excessive security however he has sufficient vary and ball expertise to assist from different coverages.  He’s an asset towards the run and has the potential to be an efficient blitzer. His finest match could be enjoying deep in a cut up security scheme together with enjoying within the field in a Zone heavy protection have been he can see the QB and use his COD and pace to react. For the Steelers, he might be the #3 security backing up the starters and be a core particular teamer.

Projection:  Late Day 3

Video games Watched:  2019 – Vs Georgia; 2020 – vs South Carolina, At Texas A&M, Vs Georgia, Vs Kentucky


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