Functional Athleticism - This kid can really move. Like his lateral agility, his explosive force in short spaces and his ability to climb the ladder and challenge guys on the second level. Smooth redirection skills when he's staying square to the LOS. Impressive foundation.
Football IQ - Level of competition hasn't fostered a lot of elite reps in technique both from his hands and his feet. Add in reps spent at RT and he'll have a developmental curve heading into the pros that will make things difficult if he's hoping to play as a rookie.
Anchor Ability - Lapses in his base (too narrow, will cross over his feet) create barriers to recruiting his natural strength and engaging core effectively to anchor against heavy handed pass rushers. When he's set and upright on his hips? He's got plenty of power.
Hand Technique - When his hands land, he offers a ton of power and good thrust to reset the line of scrimmage. Can let hands slip off with glancing blows and lose his grasp on the block, sliding off and letting defenders continue to work in their scrape.
Balance - Can end plays on the ground because of poor patience and will allow his base to break down while chasing defenders in space. His mobility and open field movements are graceful and controlled but when he's looking to transfer force or mirror he can be compromised.
Pass Sets - Can be a hot mess at times. Was tasked with playing RT and won't be asked to play there at the next level, so issues with speed off the edge can be mitigated. Does show needed foot speed, but he chases action too much and gets himself off balance. Needs patience.
Flexibility - He's got great natural hinge and no limitations in his degrees of motion. He shows plenty of reach in his feet to step hard out of his stance. Like how clean he can hinge his hips and come flat to the LOS to pull. Low out of his stance and good pad level.
Power at POA - Generates movement at the LOS with consistency, particularly on chips to climb to the second level or in head up situations when he's tasked with firing straight off the ball. Second effort is strong and will bring the feet behind him to keep momentum.
Length/Extension - Adequate reach and extension to play with power and still win at first contact. His strike timing is pretty strong, just a matter of making sure he's accurate. When hand fit is established he shows great strength at the end of his reach.
Competitive Toughness - Raw power is terrific. Like his effort level as well, went toe to toe with the guy across the line and was constantly the last one scrapping and fighting for space. Can get a little chippy, too, which I like. Has that attitude you want in an IOL.
PROSPECT COMPARISON - James Carpenter
BEST TRAIT - Functional Athleticism
WORST TRAIT - Pass Sets
BEST FILM - MTSU (2018)
WORST FILM - Tennessee (2018)
RED FLAGS - None
Nate Davis has a terrific foundation and can be an impact starter at the NFL level, but he's got some significant development before he's ready to reach that ceiling. Davis projects favorably as a guard and could feasibly play in either gap/power or zone systems thanks to his blend functional strength and athleticism. Davis' development will focus on his hands and his feet, he's got a lot of work to do in pass sets. With cleaner, more patient feet, look out.
ROUND GRADE - Third Round