Maryland defensive back Sean Davis was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 58 overall pick in thte 2016 NFL Draft on Friday night. Among those reacting to the selection was CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco, who grades each pick as the draft progress.
Safe to say Prisco was a fan.
Kevin Colbert does it again. Sean Davis is a damn good safety. He will be a perfect pick for the Steelers. Grade: A+— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) April 30, 2016
"Love this pick. Love this kid," he would go on to write in a post later. "The Steelers get a safety with range who can cover and tackle. Secondary is fixed."
Davis, in talking to CSN on Friday night, said that he was surprised to a certain extent that Pittsburgh would select him after the Steelers took defensive back Artie Burns from Miami in the first round.
But Burns can in at corner and Davis can slot in at safety, so the fit is there.
"I kind of thought it was over. I didn't expect them to pick me up. I guess they're trying to do something special back there," he said with a smile. "It's crazy."
Davis had a relationship with the team prior to the draft, though. He spoke with representatives at both the NFL Combine and the Senior Bowl.
Had he not been taken where he was taken, it was unlikely that he would have slipped much more. The New England Patriots sat at picks 60 and 61 and had long been intrigued by Davis.
New England would end up taking Alabama defensive back Cyrus Jones at 60 and trading pick No. 61.