DOB: 01-11-1989 (23.33 years old)
Height: 6 feet 2 inches Weight: 235 lb.
School: Arkansas State
Demario Davis was born in world-famous and sunny Brandon, Mississippi to Sue Magee and Steven Davis in 1989. The young Davis attended Brandon High School, and was rated the 86th best player at his position out of all students in the entire nation. In 2006 Davis accomplishments included Mac First Team All-State and being Clarion Ledger All Metro selections. While a defender the majority of his academic career, Davis played wide reciever for significant stretches in high school, and has extremely impressive ball skills for a LB prospect. Davis was also active in basketball and track in high school.
In his first year at Arkansas State, Davis took redshirt status and did not play in any games. The next year he played a mostly quiet 11 games, his biggest impact being a 53 yard fumble return for a touchdown.
in 2009, Davis' football career began to take shape. Playing OLB, Davis led the team in tackles for losses and forced fumbles, and he tied for lead in sacks. The same year Davis made two honor rolls and was an All-Sun Belt Conference selection and was his conferences player of the week once. In 2010 Davis continued to be productive and received several more All-Sun Belt Conference honors as well as honor rolls. Davis' production was consistently among the best in his conference again. Throughout 2011 Demario Davis found himself on countless watch lists, as scouts and pro football fans alike eagerly awaited his entrance into the pros. Davis stockpiled nearly 230 tackles in his college career.
At the Combine Davis ran a 4.53 second 40 yard dash, a 4.28 second 20 yard shuttle, a 7.19 second 3 cone drill, a 38.5 inch vertical jump, a 10 foot 4 inch long jump, and 32 bench press reps and an 11.65 60 yard shuttle. At his pro day workout, Davis ran a 1.63 second 10 yard split, and a 2.72 second 20 yard split.
Davis played weak and strong side on the outside in college, however many project Davis to eventually slide into ILB and replace the expensive and aging Bart Scott. Others have observed that with staff and player changes the Jets are just as likely to switch to a dominant 4-3 scheme. Davis should see no shortage in playing time in any circumstance, as he is versatile and can play virtually any linebacker spot or role. Davis is a promising replacement for any LB not named Harris.
I personally think this is a very promising player who was a great grab in the third round. Welcome to the New York Jets, Demario.