When Ryan Davis accepted a scholarship to Bethune Cookman, he didn't know if he would be playing his position of Tight End when coming out, but he was hungry to score touchdowns. When he was given a scholarship to play WR/TE at the University of Bethune Cookman he was pumped. After a few spring practices the coaches noticed that he could play Defensive End, because of his athleticism. They also knew that Davis played Defensive End in high school as well, and looked pretty good at doing so. When Davis, accepted the challenge of switching positions he didn't really complain. Instead he tried to master it. Davis became one of the best pass rushers in Bethune Cookman's history dominating the edge and showing his athleticism on plays. If Ryan was from a school like Florida State or Florida, Ryan would probably be going in the first round of this years draft, because of his never quit attitude. Ryan participated in the Battle of Florida where he racked in a sack going up against better talent. Ryan also had a sack against Brandon Washington of Miami this year, on a very pretty move. Although Ryan might be playing for Bethune Cookman he is ready to make an impact for an NFL team. He understands what he has to do to get to the next level and he is working extremely hard on it.
When comparing Ryan to a football player it is not easy, because of his big frame and ability to get to the passer. People might not realize how talented this kid is, but he has won numerous slam dunk contests and is doing it weighing it around 265 pounds. Ryan is one of the most put together young men, I have ever had the pleasure of talking with. He understands that he is against all odds going into this draft, but that doesn't stop him. Just to show you a little of his abilities above the rim, check out this video, of him dunking a basketball.
Ryan Davis Dunkin on Tim (via big3507)
As you can see in the video above Ryan Davis is a very good athlete. Now, let me tell you what makes him so special as a defensive end. His best attribute is his long arms, and ability to get around the edge on a play. He has tons of brute strength, where he can bull rush a defender right into the backfield. He is relentless, and understands what you have to do, to get to the quarterback. He doesn't quit on plays and goes after the football down the field. His hips are very fluid, and he is not stiff, he can use his quickness to get around the edge, and has great moves underneath. Ryan finished the year with 12 sacks, and his career with 22 career sacks. He is not a joke, and I'm telling you after watching this video, you might become a fan. I know, I am.
Bethune-Cookman 2011 Senior DE #49 Ryan Davis Highlight (via nmtdd3488)
Now that you have seen the video of Ryan Davis, who do you think he symbolizes on the field? One guy that came out last year really caught my eye, when breaking down film. A guy to me that Ryan Davis fits the mold of, would be none other than Ryan Kerrigan of Washington Redskins. I know you guys are wondering how? Well Kerrigan is the same size, 6'4 and 265 pounds and is very athletic as well. Both have very good outside moves, and get their hands up on pass plays. Both can drop in coverage, and do a good job as big men. Their moves are very hard to copy because of their quickness, and long arms. The only major difference in these two players are that one played at a big college and one played at Bethune Cookman. Should it matter? Maybe a little but let's be honest Ryan Davis could be an impact player over the next decade in the NFL, if he goes to a team that can understand how to utilize him.
**** I spoke with a scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who has a pre-draft visit for Ryan Davis at their facility, so this could be a dream come true for a player such as Davis who has worked so hard over the past 4 years at Bethune Cookman. Good luck from all of us at Mocking the Draft Ryan, and we here have faith in you. Keep Grindin ****