Nate Davis could be an option at 87
Could the Chicago Bears look for Charlotte guard Nate Davis at pick 87?
If you have not heard of many NFL players from Charlotte, that is because there are not many. Davis joined the program at its start and will join Larry Ogunjobi as the first two players in the NFL from the school.
Ogunjobi turned his play at Charlotte into an NFL career on the defensive side of the ball, can Nate Davis turn into the pride of the Charlotte 49ers on the offensive side?
Nate Davis has been able to play both tackle and guard in his career. While he is projected to move to guard full-time in the NFL, the versatility, understanding and foot quickness show. His footwork is his most impressive trait and is what has NFL teams interested in him.
Davis plays with a mean streak, that can show in the running game and quick feet that make him. a pass protecting option. Davis was also a four-year starter who saw scholarship offers to bigger schools but chose to start with the new program.
Here is what NFL.com wrote on Davis.
"Davis carries good power and outstanding foot quickness on a stout frame and has proven to be consistent and effective in a variety of blocking schemes. His footwork and body control help him square his targets into his power zone, but a lack of arm length creates some inconsistencies in sustaining blocks. He has some flaws, but there doesn’t appear to be glaring holes to overcome his areas of strength and become a starting guard early in his career."
As noted by NFL.com, his arm length can be considered one of his bigger weaknesses. However, that is compared to tackles in the NFL. Compared to guards, he is closer to average, and kicking in to guard full-time will be for the best.
Some of the bigger questions off of the field. As a freshman, he was academically ineligible for the start of the season. While he transitioned into the starting lineup, he only started eight games last season due to an off of the field issue that leads to a team suspension.
Davis has made the rounds pre-draft because he comes out of school as a four-year starter with solid tape and upside. However, there have to be questioned with who he is and what was behind his issues off of the field, and teams are anxious to figure out.
Still, as noted in the tweet it appears that his stock is on the rise thanks to having a strong showing in these interviews. The Chicago Bears were one of these teams and maybe seeing a player who can take some time to transition into the NFL as a versatile depth player.
Of course, if Kyle Long were to go.down with an injury, they would have to be comfortable with Davis jumping into the starting lineup. NFL.com gave him a 3rd round grade, and Dane Brugler of the Athletic had him mocked to go in the 80s.
The Chicago Bears could be adding a high upside prospect to start across from James Daniels after this season with Nate Davis.