PROS: All the power and length you can want in a defensive linemen. Frame is engineered for trench play in the NFL. When his hips are leveraged, his anchor is tough to compromise. Plays with surprisingly good leverage for his body composition and fluidity. Illustrates good movement skills in all directions although I wouldn’t call him explosive. Incredible wingspan leads to a massive tackle radius and he frequently finishes through contact and outside his frame. Skill set translates well to defending multiple gaps against the run as a 5-tech. Delivers knockout punches with the pop in his hands.
CONS: Production steadily declined since 2017 -- why? A big jump was expected and it never happened. Needs to develop his vision to improve his pass rush plan and deploy it with better timing and urgency to develop into more of a playmaker and maximize his physical gifts. Doesn’t consistently see through blocks and find the football. Timing and placement of hands needs improvement. Can he develop a meaningful pass rushing skillset? The tools are present.
BEST TRAIT - Length, Power
WORST TRAIT - Pass Rush Plan, Vision
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Jared Odrick
Raekwon Davis was a top high school recruit in 2016 and he exploded onto the scene in 2017 with 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a sophomore. While growth was expected over his remaining time at Alabama, it never happened. In 2018 and 2019 combined, Davis had 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, never making near the same impact as he did in his second season. With that said, in terms of length, power and heavy hands, Davis’ toolbox is loaded. He is a stout run defender that plays with great extension and can defend multiple gaps. His pass rushing skill set, however, is underdeveloped. If he can become more consistent compressing the pocket and more effectively deploying his pass rush plan with better vision and timing, Davis could finally take that next step. His physical traits are tantalizing and his best football could be ahead of him. He should factor into an NFL defensive line rotation early on with the upside to start in time.