Carl Davis could only watch as name after name was called before his in the draft. When the Ravens finally picked the Iowa defensive tackle at No. 90 overall, Davis was equal parts relieved, ecstatic, angry and motivated. Now he is out to prove that the Ravens made the right call and to answer critics who have questioned his effort.
After Davis excelled during an outstanding Senior Bowl week, some draft experts thought Davis had vaulted into the late first round. But then Davis not only lasted through the first round, but also through the second round and almost to the end of the third round.
"His Iowa tape didn't match up to his Senior Bowl tape," draft analyst Mike Mayock said after Davis was selected, echoing others who saw inconsistent effort from Davis at times.
"I definitely worked my tail off," Davis said as he met the media on Friday during the Ravens rookie minicamp. "Whatever they feel is how they feel, and it’s my job to prove otherwise. I can’t worry about the past or whatever happened at Iowa. That’s done. I have a new opportunity. I’m here to wear a Ravens uniform and try to show them that I can do everything they want me to do.”
At 6-5 and 320 pounds, Davis figures to be part of the equation as the Ravens seek to replace Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata. Davis could spell either Brandon Williams or Timmy Jernigan, and he said that in the minicamp he saw action at both defensive interior spots.
And it surely won't bother the Ravens to have a highly motivated rookie who feels he has something to prove.
"It’s basically my job to make every other team regret not taking me earlier," Davis said after the draft, "and just make myself the best player so I can get in there and dominate and show everybody what I’ve got."