Sunday, June 13, 2010

Scouting Report: Ed Davis, LB - Detroit, MI

Southeastern High School linebacker Ed Davis

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Class: 2011
Position: Linebacker
School: Southeastern High School in Detroit, MI
Vertical: 37.5"

Notes: Holds offers from Howard, Michigan, and Toledo . . . Attends Southeastern High School, alma mater of 2010 Michigan targets Johnathon Hankins (Ohio State) and William Gholston (Michigan State) . . . As a junior, had 103 tackles, 6 sacks, and 3 interceptions . . . Also scored 8 touchdowns on offense as a running back and wide receiver . . . 3-star prospect and #36 outside linebacker to Scout.com . . . Wears #9 . . .

Strengths: Good size with plenty of room to add muscle mass . . . Plays downhill when opportunity arises . . . Careless with his body . . . High-effort player . . . Doesn't go down easily with the ball . . . Seems to enjoy chasing plays down from behind . . . Good speed . . . Looks more agile and athletic than the highly recruited Gholston on film . . . Attacks blockers with leverage rather than trying to dance around them

Weaknesses: Not a fluid athlete . . . Lacks some agility in open space . . . Production is a bit questionable, since stats were amassed with two high FBS teammates alongside him in the front seven

Projection: He looks like a good weakside linebacker prospect. He could also project to tight end or rush linebacker, but I'd start him off at WILL. The biggest thing he seems to be lacking is bulk, but he could probably play in his second year.

Reminds me of: former Michigan S/LB (and current Temple Owl) Brandon Smith.

6 comments:

  1. Love it, great work Magnus.

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  2. What's with the only offers being from Howard and Toledo? Is that kind of disconcerting?

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  3. @ Anonymous 5:45 p.m.

    Thanks.

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  4. @ Anonymous 2:14 p.m.

    I'm not sure. I've been trying to figure that out, to no avail.

    I'm speculating (and this is PURE speculation) that there is some other issue with Davis besides his play. It could be personal or it could be grades. It could also be that he's slightly unnoticed because he had two high-profile teammates last year (Gholston and Hankins), much like Jake Ryan flew under the radar with Scott McVey being his teammate.

    From his play on the field, I can't imagine that Howard and Toledo are the only other teams interested. There has to be another reason.

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  5. Seems to remind me of Antonio Kinard

    Same Body type

    Similar abilities

    and lower tiers offers

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  6. @ John S.

    I see the comparison you're making, but I think Davis is a better athlete than Kinard. Kinard is pretty stiff. Despite being lighter than Davis, Kinard was originally told he was being recruited to play Quick. That eventually evolved to weakside linebacker. Davis has immediately been pegged for weakside linebacker. Judging by that (and what I've seen), I'd say Davis edges out Kinard for his athleticism at ILB.

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