OWINGS MILLS - As the Ravens’ third-round pick, defensive tackle Carl Davis of Iowa will be coming to town highly motivated. Davis thought he would go late first-round, early second round at the latest. But he was not taken until the 90th pick. According to Davis, that was mistake.
“It’s ridiculous – I can’t even talk right now,” Davis said during a conference call Friday night. “I feel like I’m one of the best defensive tackles in this year’s draft. A lot of guys got picked ahead of me and that’s the chip on my shoulder. When I got a chip on my shoulder, there’s nobody that can stop me.”
The Ravens have done well drafting defensive linemen lately. In 2013, the Ravens drafted defensive tackle Brandon Williams, who became a starter last season. In 2014, the Ravens drafted defensive Timmy Jernigan, who made his presence felt immediately as a rookie.
Now comes Davis, who will get an immediate opportunity to earn playing time. The Ravens traded defensive Haloti Ngata to the Lions this offseason, and those shoes will be difficult to fill. The Ravens will look to fill that void collectively, and Davis is determined be part of that equation.
“When I slid all the way down to the third round, I was really down,” Davis said. “I didn’t know what was the reasoning for this. It was just out of my control.
“It’s my job to make every other team regret not taking me early.”