New York Jets rookie spotlight on safety Ashtyn Davis

New York Jets rookie safety Ashtyn Davis (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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New York Jets, Ashtyn Davis 2020 NFL Draft
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New York Jets rookie spotlight on former Cal safety Ashtyn Davis.

The New York Jets, led by general manager Joe Douglas, did a very good job addressing needs on the offensive side of the ball during the 2020 NFL Draft. They took multiple offensive lineman, including in the first round selecting Louisville big man Mekhi Becton. Douglas also gave quarterback Sam Darnold some weapons in Baylor receiver Denzel Mims and Florida running back La’Mical Perine.

However, he did take a surprising player in the third round.

Heading into the draft, Ashtyn Davis was considered one of the top safeties in the country. Somewhere between the combine and the modified draft, Davis found his stock slide a bit. So, when he was available for the New York Jets in the third round, Douglas just couldn’t pass up on the value.

This was a head-scratcher for a lot of fans of the green and white. Even though most fans knew how good Davis could be they didn’t really receive the pick well. Fans wanted an offensive playmaker or a pass rusher. Why take a safety when we already have a very good tandem in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye? Are we really going to trade Adams?

Many thoughts ran through my head at the time, but the most logical was that Davis could be the ultimate wild card for the New York Jets’ defense. He’s played all over the field, even playing some corner. However, as time went by I thought to myself there has to be a bigger reason. Well, Maye will be a free agent after the season and Davis is one of the best single high safeties to come out of the draft.

Fast forward to right now. As I am writing this, there’s drama surrounding the New York Jets and it’s centered around their best player: Jamal Adams. He’s been airing out his dirty laundry all over social media. He’s even talking about his time with the Jets in the past tense.

Now how does this all pertain to Ashtyn Davis? Well, he’ll have to step in right away and fill big shoes if either of the Jets’ safeties are moved before the season. I’ll dig a bit deeper later on about what impact Davis could make in his rookie season but first let’s take a look at who he is and where the polarizing prospect came from.