4. Ashtyn Davis, Cal
Size: 6-1, 202
The Good: The all-around talent and abilities are there to fit into any system and any role. He wasn’t able to do a full workout at the combine, but he’s got track star speed to go along with the willingness to get in on every tackle.
He measured a bit heavier than expected – pushing aside a knock that he’s not quite built for the position – but he was fine as he was with 108 tackles in his two seasons as a safety. Originally a corner, he’s got the wheels to move to the outside if needed, but he’s too physical and too good as a playmaking safety.
The Not-So-Good: He’s got to get past the groin injury that kept him out of Cal’s bowl game and prevented him from running at the combine. That’s going to be the one big concern – can he really hold up? Even at his bigger weight, he’s not quite built to be a big thumper.
NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Get over any possible knocks and concerns – he was more than productive enough for a high-end Cal defense with a terrific coaching staff. If he’s not the most athletic safety in the draft, he’s close to it. He’ll do everything needed to make himself into a fantastic pro.
Projected Round: Second