Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carlton Davis – savage of the secondary
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ second round pick Carlton Davis could provide the boost Bucs fans have been looking for in the secondary.
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Carlton Davis in the second round of the draft I was ecstatic for various reasons. Yes he brings the Bucs some much needed size and physicality at the cornerback position but his mentality is what excited me the most. Also, the fact there were eight cornerbacks picked ahead of Davis excited me even more. Carlton Davis is a savage, and they doused the fire that drives him with gasoline.
As Carlton Davis was drafted he drew comparisons to Richard Sherman. I agree, his coverage abilities does indeed remind me of Sherman. But one player that kept coming to mind when watching his game tape was Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey is a better athlete, but their mentality is very similar.
When you watch Carlton Davis’ film his opponents must earn everything, much like Ramsey. Davis will be up in his opponents face the entire game wearing them out physically and mentally, and I love it. When a receiver lines up against Davis they have to earn the right to even run their route. If a receiver does make a catch on Davis he is right there swiping, ripping, and grabbing at the ball, causing incompletions or fumbles. Just because the receiver makes the initial catch you can tell Davis wants to make sure you must earn the right to secure it.
This attitude of not giving up on the play up until the whistle and sometimes beyond absolutely reminds me of Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey is a harder hitter than Davis, but Davis does not shy away from contact at all. Davis wants to be in on every play and make his presence known. He is a physical presence and is exactly what the Bucs need in their secondary.
Yes Davis does remind me of Richard Sherman but he also reminds me of Jalen Ramsey. Those are two great comparisons. If he lives up to that hype the Buccaneers defense will finally have that savage presence in the secondary they have craved since John Lynch.