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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Thomas Davis is a very versatile player, having played eight positions in high school and both safety and linebacker during his time at Georgia. At 230 pounds, Davis is a huge safety with average speed. He was slated to start ...

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Old 02-09-2005, 12:13 AM   #1
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Thomas Davis is a very versatile player, having played eight positions in high school and both safety and linebacker during his time at Georgia. At 230 pounds, Davis is a huge safety with average speed. He was slated to start at strongside linebacker in 2003 until he was forced to move back to free safety due to a season-ending injury to Kentrell Curry. He went on to have a breakout year as a sophomore, recording a team high 138 tackles and 4.5 sacks, with just one interception. He is an excellent run defender who tackles like a linebacker and has the ability to rush the passer. Davis is not quite a finished product, he needs to improve his pass coverage ability to become a more complete safety. He could move to linebacker at some point in the NFL if he doesn’t work out at safety. Thomas Davis has a great deal of upside and I believe he has the ability to make an impact as a rookie in the NFL. He could be the first safety off the board and a first round pick in April.
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Old 02-09-2005, 12:20 AM   #2
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Born: March 22, 1982....High School: Randolph-Clay... Class AA All-State Honorable Mention by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution....Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AA All-State Honorable Mention...Team MVP as a senior...played running back, quarterback, defensive end, defensive back, wide receiver, punter, kicker, and kick returner at various times throughout his career...rushed for 1,032 yards as a senior...averaged 30 yards a reception as a junior....holds school record for touchdowns scored in a game with five...averaged 30 yards a punt...led region in scoring as a senior with 108 points in the regular season...had two kickoff returns, one punt return, and one fumble return for touchdowns...also played baseball and ran track...qualified for the state meet in the 100 meters...High School Coach: Jim McFather.


College: 2001 -- Redshirted.....


2002 -- Recorded four tackles, one tackle-for-loss, forced one fumble, and recovered one fumble in annual spring G-Day game.....recipient of spring award as the Best Tackler....listed as number two FS at conclusion of spring drills.... played in all 14 games including four starts at FS and SLB.....recovered fumble to end final S.C. scoring threat inside 5-yard line and intercepted pass to stop Alabama\'s last possession to preserve both victories.....recorded two QB sacks in Nokia Sugar Bowl victory over FSU....member of team that won Georgia\'s first SEC championship in 20 years, defeated FSU for Nokia Sugar Bowl title, set school record for most victories in a season (13), and finished with a final national ranking of No. 3......part f defense that finished first in the SEC and fourth nationally i Scoring Defense (15.1 ppg), first in the SEC in Red one Defense (58.8%), econd in the SEC and 19th nationally in Rushing Defense 114.0 ypg), fourth in the SEC and 15th nationally in Total efense (303.5 ypg), and allowed only 30 total second half points in the final seven games of the season....blocked a punt against New Mexico State. 2003-- Officially moved to SLB during spring and recorded 10 tackles and two QB sacks in annual Spring G-Day game....listed as number one SLB at conclusion of spring drills... moved back to FS during pre-season when Kentrell Curry was lost for the season with an injury.... responded with 130 total tackles--tops on the team....perhaps Georgia\'s most active player recording statistics in interceptions, blocked kicks, caused fumbles, fumble recoveries, and fumble returns....was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Bulldog defense with a career-high 11 tackles (8 solo and 3 assists) against Clemson.....17 career starts......recipient of Iron Man Award which is presented to a player who \"shows up every day for work, never late, and strains his potential in every endeavor\"......named second team All-American by The Sporting News...named All-SEC first team by The Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and TheInsiders.com and All-SEC second team by the SEC Coaches.....Part of Georgia team that won 32 games from 2001-03, ranked among the top five teams nationally in winning percentage, and part of a Georgia defense that ranked 2nd nationally in Scoring Defense (14.5 ppg), 4th in Total Defense (276.86 ypg), 6th in Passing Defense (174.50 ypg),14th nationally in Turnover Margin (+.79), and 4th in number of scoreless quarters (25) among the AP\'s final Top Ten teams. 2004 -- Outstanding spring winning award as the team\'s Best Tackler....Thorpe and Nagurski Award candidate.....named pre-season second team All-America by Athlon, Lindy\'s, and The Sporting News...pre-season All-SEC first team by the SEC Coaches, Athlon and The Sporting News.... named to the pre-season watch list for the 2004 Jim Thorpe Award...named semi-finalist for Bednarik Award presented annually to the nation\'s top defensive player.... named to the \"Half-Season All-America Team\" by The Sporting News...led Georgia team in tackles with 81 total after leading the team in tackles in eight of the 11 regular season games....his 7.4 tackles per game was seventh best in the SEC....named first team All-America by Walter Camp AFCA Coaches, and The Sporting News..second team All-America by Associated Press.... All-SEC first team by the Associated Press and the SEC coaches...recorded three tackles-for-loss, two QB sacks, one forced fumble, and one pass deflection in 2005 Outback Bowl victory over Wisconsin....part of team that posted 42-10 record over the past four seasons (sixth best in the country), three straight seasons of 10 or more wins, three straight bowl victories, and three consecutive national top six finishes.....2005 -- Elected to forego his final season of eligibility and enter NFL draft....Major: Consumer Economics.
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Positives
- A huge safety that hits like a linebacker, Davis may actually be able to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. Davis is an underrated athlete and is fast enough to chase in the NFL. Amazing in run support, Davis will be best roaming the front seven.
Weaknesses
- Very raw in coverage and will need work there. Takes himself out of plays with his aggressiveness and is a lock to bite on a play-action. His inabilities in coverage are very well known and may be the only real weakness he has.
Overall Analysis
- A safety/linebacker hybrid that is a mix between Adam Archuleta, Brian Urlacher and Roy Williams. NFL teams will have fun moving Davis around to get the best possible match-up. He will be a great acquisition for teams that are looking to stop the great pass catching tight ends that have came up lately.
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He sounds exactly like Cie Grant. I like him. He\'s a play maker. He\'s not just measureables, the kid can play.
Sammy Knight with speed?
Cie Grant without the bad knees?
I\'d be OK with that pick. At least its on the right side of the ball.
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