After a strong showing at February’s NFL Combine and a series of meetings with 20 teams since the event, Maryland defensive back Sean Davis has positioned himself nicely as he prepares to know more about his future later this week when the NFL Draft gets underway.
And it’s a future that could include the Washington Redskins.
Davis took part in the team’s local prospect day on April 19, an event run by a number of teams to get a closer look at draft hopefuls who played college football within the region. On that day, according to a source, Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan pulled Davis aside for a conversation, reiterating the team’s strong interest in him.
Most mock draft currently peg Davis somewhere in the third-round range, but the possibility exists that he could push up even higher because of the physical profile and position versatility he brings to the table.
In that way, it’s clear why McCloughan and the Redskins would be intrigued.
Historically, McCloughan likes larger, longer defensive backs who can be used at different places within the defensive scheme. Davis is 6-1, 210 pounds and played three years at safety for Maryland -- reaching the 100-tackle mark as both a sophomore and junior -- before switching to cornerback because of team need as a senior.
At that position, he picked off three passes and forced five fumbles.
The question now is whether the team’s signing of cornerback Josh Norman affects its draft strategy.Earlier this week on RealRedskins.com, Rich Tandler wrote that defensive back was a position the team was “likely to bypass in at least the first three rounds” after inking Norman and has Washington targeting Davis in Round 5. But the way he has tested, it might be hard to see him still being available at that point.
CSN’s Ben Standig has Washington picking West Virginia safety Karl Joseph at No. 21 overall, which would fill that need early.
The case for Washington still using a pick on Davis, despite having signed Norman, goes back to his versatility. Washington needs safety help. Davis has shown that he can be plug-and-play at that position and it should translate to the next level, especially as a run-stopper.
At the same time, he still holds that potential to develop into an option at cornerback down the line. Possible help now, plus the ability to grow in the future.