In the span of three days so far this week, we’ve seen multiple draft pundits question where former Cal safety Ashtyn Davis will play at the next level, say he’ll slide into the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and now have seen the analytics website PFF.com has select Davis in the first round, with the 26th pick no less, to the Miami Dolphins.
Davis, one of the Pac-12’s best safeties over the past two seasons, was recently mocked as low as the fourth round, just earlier this week. While I don’t believe that will be the case, it is reassuring to see that PFF also feels the same way.
Longtime PFF Draft Analyst Steve Palazzolo selected Ashtyn Davis with the 26th pick to the Miami Dolphins with their pick received from the Houston Texans. Palazzolo writes:
After the heavy investment at cornerback, the Dolphins turn to safety, where Davis has the range to shrink the field. He played mostly free safety at Cal, and that’s where he projects at the next level in the Miami defense. Davis didn’t get to work out at the NFL Combine, but he flies around the field, especially when patrolling the deep middle.
That would make a ton of sense as the Dolphins addressed the quarterback position (Tua Tagovailoa) early in this iteration of a mock draft, freeing them up to select the former All-American track star and ballhawk from the Bears secondary.
Either way, we’re here for some positive thoughts about Davis after Sports Illustrated and a few other outlets reported that they could see him slide as far down as the fourth round just because he didn’t run a 40-yard dash at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.
So there we have it, some backing for my opinion about Davis and his all-around talent being able to secure him well before the fourth round.
But do you agree? Will Davis go as high as the first round?