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2018 NFL Scouting Report: Scouting Auburn cornerback, Carlton Davis

Davis is a potential day two cornerback option for the Broncos.

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One player who may interest the Denver Broncos on day two of the 2018 NFL Draft is former Auburn cornerback, Carlton Davis. He is a 6’1”, 206lb cornerback who is considered one of the top corners in the entire draft. Davis is ranked as the 8th best cornerback in the 2018 NFL Draft according to NFLDraftScout.com and is considered the 55th overall prospect in the entire draft.

Davis played three seasons at Auburn and put up some good numbers. During that three-year span, Davis totaled 136 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 28 pass deflections, and 3 forced fumbles. This past year, he totaled 34 tackles, 1 interception, 10 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 forced fumble.

Davis’s awards and accolades from the 2017 season include being named first-team All-America (SI.com), first team all-SEC (coaches), second team All-America (Walter Camp, AP, AFCA), and second-team all-SEC (AP, Phil Steele).

Carlton Davis, Junior, Auburn

Height: 6’1” Weight: 206lbs 40 time: 4.53 seconds

Arm Length: 32 3/4” Hands: 8 7/8”

Bench Press: 16 reps Vertical Jump: 34 inches Broad Jump: 124.0 inches

Film Room:

Scouting Report:

Strengths

  • Has good size and strength for a boundary cornerback
  • A physical corner with good strength and long arms
  • Very good press corner
  • Will knock corners off their routes and disrupt their timing
  • Fluid hips and changes direction smoothly
  • Not a great 40-time but his game speed is not a problem
  • Disruptive corner with 28 career pass deflections during his career at Auburn
  • Willing tackler
  • His football IQ was praised by Auburn coaches
  • Durable player
  • Started for three seasons and guarded the top SEC receivers throughout his career and faired very well

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t always have the best balance
  • Does not have top-notch athleticism
  • A little grabby and doesn’t turn his head around to locate the ball quick enough
  • Doesn’t have the best hands or ball skills
  • Breaks up the pass but only has 4 career interceptions
  • Had 6 pass interference flags in 2017
  • Needs to clean up his technique and game to avoid flags in the NFL

Quotable:

An NFC Defensive Backs coach on Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis.

“His own quarterback (Jarrett Stidham) stayed away from throwing to his side in practice from what a scout told me. I need to find out if he can catch it because he just knocks them down and doesn’t take them away. You’ve got to take them away.” -- NFC defensive back coach

NFL Draft Scout’s Dane Brugler on Davis from his annual draft guide.

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Auburn, Davis played both left and right cornerback for the Tigers, primarily in press and off-man. While he hit double-digits in passes defended each of his three seasons in college, he also ranked among the SEC leaders in pass interference penalties over his career. A “failed receiver” according to his high school coach, Davis has inconsistent ball skills to create turnovers, but he is highly competitive at the catch point to contest everything thrown his direction. Receivers don’t want to face his physicality, but he needs to improve his discipline vs. polished receivers and rely on his lower body (not his upper body) to stay on top of routes. Overall, Davis is built like a traditional press-man NFL cornerback and although he is rough around the edges, he displays the athleticism, competitiveness and length to stay attached to receivers downfield.

Carlton Davis’s Spider Graph:

Does Carlton Davis make sense for the Broncos on day two of the 2018 NFL Draft?

If they are looking for a physical boundary corner to replace Aqib Talib’s physicality on the outside then yes, I love the fit.

I do have some worries about his athleticism and lack of ball skills, but Davis is a disruptive corner. He’ll knock you off your route, he’ll disrupt the timing between a receiver and the quarterback, and he’ll likely get his hands in there to break up a pass. The type of player the Broncos need to go with cover guys like Chris Harris Jr. and Bradley Roby.

His pass interference struggles are another big concern of mine. Whoever drafts him will need to have their defensive backs coach to clean that up for him to be successful in the NFL. However, his talent and physicality are intriguing and why he figures to be a second-round pick.

If the Broncos do not go corner in the first-round, look for Davis to be considered with the 40th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.