Nate Davis played for the Charlotte 49ers in Conference USA. Playing guard his first three years, he did switch to right tackle this past season. As the Rams look to replace Rodger Saffold on the offensive line, Nate Davis would help add depth at the guard position and compete for a starting role with Joseph Noteboom. Nate Davis is one of the Rams’ 30 pre-draft visitors, so we know Les Snead and the Rams have some interest in him.
College stats and honors:
- Starting in 37 out of 40 totals games.
- 2018 Second-Team All-Conference USA.
- Helped RB Benny LaMay rush for 1,228 yards, 2nd best in Conference USA (2018).
- Fifth fewest sacks allowed in Conference USA in 2017 (1.83 per game).
Davis is best with his run blocking ability. His strong lower body drives his opponents wherever he needs to. He uses blocking angles well, with the ability to stay square against his opponents and to stay on blocks. When Davis is blocking in space, he seems to always find someone to get his hands on. Whether he is pulling or just happens to get to the second level on his own, he showed great instincts as a lead blocker.
Davis possesses a strong first punch in pass blocking to negate rushers, and showed better technique in the passing game when playing guard, over the tackle position. He also plays through the whistle and shows some football intelligence when he is a free blocker. He is always looking for someone to get his hands on when the defensive scheme doesn’t involve going at him.
Davis needs to improve his footwork since he’s known to cross his feet. Defensive linemen in the NFL will exploit that aspect of his game. Though he did play his final year at the tackle position, he does not have the ideal size and length to compete at either tackle positions in the pros. He is an overall better fit at the guard position. Davis also missed four games his senior year due to an undisclosed team violation. This does require teams to do their homework and find out what went wrong here. It is not a red flag, but due diligence is necessary to make sure whatever happened in Charlotte doesn’t happen again.
Expected draft round:
Davis could be selected as early as day two, and having an impressive Senior Bowl does help his cause. Before the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, Davis was a solid day three projection. He helped his stock these past few months and has become a top five offensive linemen in this year’s draft class. Expect him to go round three or four as a potential sleeper. He will likely become an everyday starter somewhere in the league in a few years. The Rams may have a shot at Davis depending if they really like him. Five other teams will host him for a pre-draft workout. All that matters is what team likes him the most.