Coverage Spacing - He's not a true prowler as a single high safety but he's got ample mobility and flashes of anticipation to be effective in Cover-2 and take away a half of the field. Burst is best when coming downhill as compared to working laterally to squeeze routes into the sideline.
Acceleration - Doesn't have game-changing burst on the back end when he's tested vertically and if dual routes hold him in place before the throw, he'll struggle to challenge outside the numbers. Super quick working downhill to engage in support for stuff in front of his face, however.
Tackling - He's an impressive tackler when he's working from the last line of defense or closing at the catch point. When you stick him in the box, poor initial angles in pursuit pop up and force him into chase mode too quickly. Strong wrap up ability in head on collisions. Potent pads.
Zone Coverage Skills - Would like to see a touch more anticipation in zone to flow and scrape when he's not held by a second route. His range works well as a Robber in the intermediate areas of the field and like his influence over top of TEs in the red zone. Not a single high option with high upside.
Ball Skills - Had more ball production in 2018 than 2019 but he's made the most of opportunities when challenged. He won't always squeeze tight window throws without elite physical qualities but when he's put in position off deflections or late throws, he'll take advantage.
Competitive Toughness - He's got a hot motor and is pretty fearless dropping down into the box and challenging blockers. He's not always effective shedding blocks but he'll blow up WRs or TEs in run support. Like his aggressiveness as a tackler, doesn't catch bodies.
Flexibility - He's got pretty good coil into his tackles, illustrating the ability to unload the his and explode through contact. He's made a couple of impressive challenges of the ball to lengthen his body in effort to extend. Redirectional quickness is supported by dynamic lower half.
Feet/COD - He's fairly nimble and light on his feet, quick to click and close or snap into position to break on routes working into the sideline when he's leveraged inside or over top of the route. Short area quickness flashes when he's blitzing off the edge or working through traffic.
Man Coverage Skills - Like what he's shown in man to man match ups in the slot as they come. He brings enough second gear to get into the trail position or to accelerate and undercut a late throw (Oregon, 2019). He's comfortable playing off man thanks to so many reps at safety.
Versatility - Has been used in a lot of different ways: deep middle, deep half, quarters, nickel in man to man, as a nickel linebacker. Wouldn't sign off on any role that's going to feature him in the box with high frequency, but can be a chameleon in split safety or cover-3 defensive concepts.
Best Trait - Competitive Toughness
Worst Trait - Deep Range
Best Film - Oregon (2019)
Worst Film - Washington (2019)
Red Flags - None
Player Summary - Ashtyn Davis projects best into a role as a Cover-2 free safety at the pro level. Davis has strong tackling skills on the back end and some effective reps dropping down into the box to play man to man in the slot, but he's generally lacking in run support in the box to be asked upon to play such a role with consistency in the pros. Too many bad angles and too many reps getting stuck to blocks negate his versatility. Putting him in primarily Cover 2 will allow his deep range to be more effective.