The second player taken in this draft for the Buccaneers is defensive lineman Raekwon Davis from Alabama.
Davis has unfortunately seen his production drop substantially after his stellar 2017 season that featured 8.5 sacks and an interception. Since then Davis’ stats have dropped off steadily each year.
Despite the massive drop in production, Raekwon Davis would be a good fit for the Buccaneer defense if Tampa Bay decides to move on from Ndamukong Suh. Suh’s price tag has gotten too high and the Bucs should be considering every opportunity to find a cheaper replacement.
Even though he experienced a drop-off in sack production, Davis’ main role would be more of a run-stuffer rather than as a pass rusher. The Buccaneers won’t need the sack production from Davis as they will get it from Shaquil Barrett and whichever other pass rushers they decide to keep.
The defensive pairing of Vita Vea and Raekwon Davis would be remarkably close to the one that was in place in 2019 between Vea and Suh and would also be far cheaper.
Raekwon Davis is an athletic freak and could likely be a starter early on in his NFL career. His time on several dominant Alabama teams has given him a great baseline to start with and it shouldn’t take long in a Todd Bowles defense for Davis to become a menace against offensive lines.