Maryland defensive back Sean Davis has been busy with the start of the NFL Draft less than one week away.
According to a source, Davis has visited or met with 20 teams since February’s NFL Draft Combine, including traveling back Thursday from Arizona after visiting with the Cardinals. He met with Tampa Bay earlier this week, too.
He took part in the Redskins’ local pro day on Tuesday. On April 8, he worked out with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and broke down film for nearly three hours with the coach.
Worth noting? The Patriots currently own, among their other selections, back-to-back picks at No. 60 and No. 61 overall.
Other teams who have shown increasing levels of interest include Houston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Tennessee, and Dallas.
Davis' versatility is perhaps his biggest draw for most teams. After playing three years at safety for Maryland, he was shifted to cornerback because of team need as a senior. At the NFL level, he is more ready to play safety, but his size and length means he has upside as a cornerback as well.
In that sense, Davis has both the upside projection that teams covet (playing cornerback), yet also has the proven production at the college level as a safety and on special teams.
Davis had over 100 total tackles per season as both a sophomore and junior. He tallied 88 while playing primarily cornerback during his senior year. Also as a senior, he picked off three passes and forced five fumbles.
Already seen as a strong prospect, it was his showing at the NFL Draft Combine that helped to boost Davis’ stock after posting a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash, 21 reps in the bench press, and a 126-inch broad jump.
The bench press and broad jump measured among the best at the Combine at his position.
So where could he go?
Both teams playing locally, Washington and Baltimore, have needs in the secondary. Both have worked him out. Davis even grew up as a fan of the Redskins, which he talked about at Maryland’s pro day in College Park.
Some mock drafts have Davis somewhere in the third-round range, but all signs point to him trending upward. Pushing into the second? Continuing to rise?
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com included Davis on his “Better-Than” Team, which is comprised of players he views as being more valuable than where they might be draft.
And looking at what Davis brought to the table at Maryland, he’s plug-and-play at the safety position with room to grow into a player with real flexibility at the cornerback spot. He has the size. He has the understanding of the game.
That’s a recipe that will help build a foundation for a productive NFL career.