Ohio State interior offensive lineman Wyatt Davis will not be playing college football this season, even if the Big Ten reverses course on its postponement, as he's made the decision to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, per Yahoo Sports.
“My family and I were waiting to hear any good news that there would be a possibility to play in the fall,” Davis told Yahoo Sports. “As the weeks went on, after the initial cancellation, the news didn’t seem in favor that we would have an opportunity to play for a national championship if there was a season. At this point, my family and I made the decision that it would be my best decision to take the next step.”
Davis is the first Buckeye to opt out of the 2020 college football season and declare for the draft. He called the decision "heartbreaking" and said that he believed Ohio State would've won the National Championship this season if given the opportunity to play.
Here's what TDN Scout Kyle Crabbs had to say about Davis' decision:
"Wyatt Davis definitely made the right decision in making himself available for the 2021 NFL Draft. Davis is a pro-ready interior blocker who provides the kind of tone-setting play that will make him a very popular prospect. Regardless of your scheme, attitude up front is a universal asset and Davis’ play offers plenty of it. Had Davis been in this past class, he’d have likely been IOL1 and a top-20 selection."
Davis recently came in at No. 18 on the TDN Top 100 big board. Here are some excerpts from his scouting report. You can read the full report here.
PROS: Wyatt inherited the natural skill for the game; he's fluid, powerful and offers impressive body control to apply overwhelming force from any angle, regardless of whether he's flowing with outside zone, double teaming a NT, or peeling back late to absorb a gap shooter from the second level. He's seamless in transitions to pass off defenders in pass protection and does well to sit up on his hips; allowing his lower body power to anchor his play.
CONS: Positional value may loom as a sticking point for where his draft ceiling may be, but you're hard-pressed to poke significant holes in his game based off of his resume in 2019. Consider him a true universal plug-and-play starter regardless of the system, although his athletic ability probably yields a higher ceiling in zone heavy concepts.