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Rod Davis - ILB Position: ILB
Class: Sr
School: Southern Miss
Conference: C-USA
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 239
40 Time: 4.75
Grade: 3.43

Selected by Minnesota Vikings
Round 5, pick 23 (155 overall)
BIO: Four-year starter who led the defense with 164/20/4 as a senior and again as a junior posting 168/23.5/10.5. Sophomore totals were 100/10/3.

POSITIVES: Explosive run-defending linebacker best up the field. Seeks out the ball carrier, takes good angles to the play and snuffs out the run. Displays solid first-step quickness, and flies around the ball. Moves well in the box and always looking to get involved in the action.

NEGATIVES: Lacks lateral speed, body control and better going forwards than in reverse. Takes a lot of extra -steps, quick coming up the field and gets caught out of position. Lacks range and has minimal skills in pass defense.

ANALYSIS: While one cannot discount the production of Davis in college, he is a limited-area player only effective as a two-down defenders. He does offer a lot of intensity and should be good on special teams.

PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round

Photo: C-USA

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