July 29, 2012

Film Study: Jordan Davis

Thomson tight end Jordan Davis gave the Georgia Bulldogs big news on Sunday as he became their first and possibly only commitment as his position for 2013.

Davis had to earn the offer from UGA with a solid camp performance at the Mark Richt Mini Camp in June, and the Bulldogs have been in hot pursuit ever since.

In the minds of many, Davis is still very much unknown, but below, we take a closer look at why the Georgia coaching staff made him a priority.

Where he is great: First of all, you can't coach or teach a frame and Davis has a great one. At 6-foot-4, the Thomson standout has wide shoulders, long arms, huge hands, and a solid trunk for a kid that is still long and lanky.

Davis is also very strong. He is a 300 plus pound bench presser, and power cleans close to 350 pounds. Neither are the type of lifts that compliment a prospect with Davis's length.

On the field, Davis is a very solid blocker. He isn't polished at this point, but he is explosive at the point of attack and delivers a blow that helps him win most of his battles in the trenches.

Davis is also extremely athletic and has great straight-line speed evidenced by the fact that he is a state finalist in the 100-meter hurdles.

Lastly, the Peach State tight end has a very strong work ethic. He is a tireless worker that spends a great deal of time running and in the weight room.

Where he is good: As a pass catcher, Davis is good at finding space and being where he is supposed to be. He doesn't have a great idea about route concepts just yet, but he does understand what his role is in a run-first offense when he is asked to run a route.

Davis also does a great job working in traffic as a receiver. He does a nice job of using his long frame to go up and get the football, and has the ability to be a big time threat in the vertical passing game.

He also does a good job of working his way to the second level to block and being in control when he gets there. He does a great job of placing his hands despite being asked to block a lot of moving targets.

Where he needs work: The first thing Davis has to do at the next level is get bigger. He is already very strong, but he needs to add a significant amount of mass to be an SEC tight end.

Davis also needs to improve as a route runner. He does a good job running a limited number of routes as a high school tight end, but at the next level he will need to make sharper cuts and pay more attention to detail.

As a blocker, Davis will need to be a better finisher. At this point in his career, the force and ferocity with which he initiates a block usually allows him to win the battle, but he could do a better job of blocking to the whistle and becoming more dominant.

Overall: We had serious questions about Davis as a player after seeing him at Mark Richt Mini Camp. He looked thing and clumsy at times, but after closely watching his film and noticing that he is ahead of most tight ends as a blocker at this stage in his development, we believe he has a bright future.

There is no doubt he has the size, speed, and athleticism to get vertical on good defenses and make plays in the middle of the field. After taking a close look at his frame, there is also little doubt that he can put on the necessary weight to play in the SEC.

The next 18 months will be crucial for Davis as, ideally, he will be 235 to 240 pounds when he reports to UGA. If he can do that and continue to work hard, he could be a very big contributor at the tight end position for Georgia.





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