Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Jordan Davis is back in the 2022 NFL Draft spotlight after an otherworldly combine performance.
The third day of the NFL Scouting Combine did not disappoint, and the defensive linemen and linebackers had one of the best days you’ll ever see. Georgia’s influence on the 2022 NFL Draft was strong, and Jordan Davis really stole the show.
Davis weighed in at 341 pounds, and showed off incredible speed in the 40-yard dash, clocking in an absurd time of 4.78, which was the fastest time by anyone over 310 pounds at the combine since 2006.
The momentum he’s generating there is not of this world, and his explosion numbers were also excellent (32 inches in the vertical, and 10’3″ in the broad jump. The broad jump broke a record for players of his size. Pound for pound, the only player who had a better performance in the last decade-plus is none other than Calvin Johnson.
The main question for Jordan Davis ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft was always going to be if he’s really just a two-gapping defender for run-stuffing early downs or if he can be more than that. Georgia rotated a ton on the defensive line at no fault of Davis.
The numbers he put up could sway NFL teams needing someone to take on double teams and handle the point of attack on early downs, which would free up linebackers and safeties in the alley. The Chargers are obviously one of the teams who could potentially select Davis in the first round because of what Brandon Staley needs for his run defense, but don’t overlook others in the top 15. The athleticism that Davis put on display in Indianapolis might have coaches and general managers believing there’s more to unlock with his game.
He might draw some comparisons to former Washington Huskies star and current Buccaneers defensive lineman Vita Vea, but the pass rush toolbox needs to be opened, dusted off, and developed as a whole. Still, the athletic upside could have others jumping back on board.