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Falcons select...Chauncey Davis
DE | (6'1", 279, 4.75) | FLORIDA STATE
Strengths: Plays with a non-stop motor and will make some plays with second effort. Flashes the ability o shoot the inside gap and will disrupt some running plays in the backfield. Takes excellent angles to the ball, does a good job of closing down cutback lanes and makes plays in pursuit. Possesses a quick first step, takes the shortest path to the quarterback and is a relentless pass rusher. While lacks great height has excellent leaping ability and is capable of batting some passes down. Played linebacker during freshman season, should develop into an excellent special teams' player and has some versatility.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal bulk, bigger offensive tackles will engulf him at the point of attack and will get driven off the line. Doesn't use his hands well, allows defenders to lock onto frame and struggles to shed blocks. Lacks ideal lateral mobility, doesn't show a variety of pass rush moves and needs to do a better job of forcing offensive linemen to keep their feet moving. Lacks ideal lower body strength and isn't a powerful bull rusher. Mental capacity a concern; scored a 11 on Wonderlic Test.
Overall: Davis originally enrolled at Florida State in 2001 but he attended and played at Jones Junior College (MS) in 2001 and 2002. He then transferred to Florida State in 2003, appeared in all 13 games that season and finished with eight tackles for loss and two sacks. David made terrific strides from his junior to senior season. He emerged as a starter in 2004 and had 20 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and five sacks in 11 games played, missing one because of injury. Davis' potential is somewhat limited by his lack of height and inability to change directions quickly. He also has problems anchoring against the run. However, he is still capable of developing into a quality "wave" defensive end type in the NFL. He plays with excellent intensity, he shows good upfield burst and he should make an immediate contribution on special teams. As a result, Davis could come off the board early on Day 2.
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Chauncey Davis, DE, Florida State
Height: 6:01.3 Weight: 258
Overview: One of the most coveted junior college players in the country in 2002, Chauncey Davis began his collegiate career as an outside linebacker before shifting to defensive end as a senior. Davis originally signed with Florida State out of high school, but did not qualify academically. He spent the 2001-02 seasons at Jones Junior College, playing linebacker as a freshman before shifting to defensive end the following year. He totaled 65 tackles with twelve stops for losses as a freshman, followed by 70 tackles and eight sacks during his sophomore campaign. Davis was an All-State linebacker and running back at Auburndale (Fla.), rushing for over 1,000 yards as a senior. The first-team All-American (Rivals.com) was a member of the Florida Times Union Super 75 and Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100. He played in the national all-star game in Dallas and competed in the prestigious Cali-Florida Bowl. Davis was a late transfer to FSU in 2003, arriving during fall drills. He backed up Kevin Emanuel at left end, recording 18 tackles (14 solo) with two sacks, eight stops for losses, nine pressures and four pass deflections that year. In 2004, he earned the starting left end spot, responding with a team-high 21 pressures, as he also made 22 tackles (12 solo) with five sacks and ten stops behind the line of scrimmage during the regular season. In 24 games with the Seminoles, Chauncey produced 40 tackles (26 solo), seven sacks for minus-49 yards, 18 stops for losses of 82 yards, 30 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, five pass deflections and a blocked kick.
Analysis: PositivesDavis comes from a supportive one-parent (mom) home. He is a quiet, respectful sort with a good work ethic. He needs a few reps to retain new plays, but will quickly utilize what he has learned. He is an undersized defensive end, but has good athletic agility and quickness. He is built more in the lines of a 3-4 linebacker and could possibly shift to that position in the pros because of the speed that he generates coming off the edge and the agility he shows dropping back in space. Davis relies mostly on that quickness, as he still needs to dedicate hours in the weight room to improve his strength. He lacks the stoutness needed to hold up vs. the bigger offensive tackles and does get knocked around quite a bit at the point of attack. He is best when making plays on the move. He is not as effective a tackler when he has to pick a side as he is when he comes from behind or meets the ballcarrier head on. When Davis is able to slant and jump around blocks, he can make plays vs. the run and does an effective job freeing himself up on stunts. He has good lateral agility to pursue plays down the line. He is sometimes slow to react to the play, as he needs to see the "big picture" before he will attack the ball. Chauncey is a decent tackler that will deliver some pop, but he is also prone to over-pursuit the and needs to show better stop-and-go action. On the pass rush, he is more effective when he uses his speed to beat the blocker off the snap or knife inside with his rip move. Davis needs to improve his hand usage, as he struggles to get off blocks and allows the tackles to get their hands into his chest too often. He has the flexibility to dip back and reach the edge because of his speed, but gets tied up because he fails to generate the hand extension needed to push off. He can flatten down the line due to his quickness and change of direction agility, showing nice effort in pursuit. Davis can fit inside when tackling, but will get out of control. He relies on his speed too much coming off the edge and while he has the flexibility to bend and dip back, he does not show a good feel as a pass rusher.
Agility tests: 4.77 in the 40-yard dash. ... 347-pound bench press. ... 566-pound squat. ... 366-pound power clean. ... 35.5-inch vertical jump. ... 4.54 20-yard shuttle. ... 34 1/8-inch arm length. ... 9 -inch hands. ... Right-handed. ... 9/24 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Auburndale (Fla.) High, playing football for coach Kenny Harrison. ... First-team All-State Class 4A selection. ... Listed among Max Emfinger's Top 100 players and earned first-team All-American honors from Rivals.com. ... Member of Florida Times Union Super 75 and Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100. ... Played in the national all-star game in Dallas and competed in the prestigious Cali-Florida Bowl. ... Rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a senior tailback and also lined up at linebacker and defensive end.
Personal: Social Science major. ... Born 1/27/83. ... Resides in Auburndale, Florida.
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