Top 10 Potential Fits For the Patriots: #9 Carl Davis, DL, Iowa

He's got Bette Davis eyes. - Matthew Holst/Getty Images

This is Part 2 of 10 for my list of Top 10 Players that I believe would be great fits for the Patriots in the first two days of the draft. The first installment was about Oregon LT Jake Fisher. Now we move onto #9, which is Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis. We've seen Todd McShay mock him to the Patriots twice now and while I don't like McShay, he has a better pulse on the draft than his colleague with the big hair.

Scouting Reports:

Draft Breakdown

NEPatriotsDraft Breakdown vs. Northern Iowa

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Combine Data:

HT: 6'5"

WT: 321

Arm: 34 5/8"

40: 5.07

10-Yd Split: 1.73

3-Cone: 7.91

Short Shuttle: 4.47

Vertical: 33"

Broad Jump: 8'7"


Vs. Indiana 2014

Vs. Ohio State 2013

Vs. Michigan 2013

How Does He Fit With the Patriots? Carl Davis is your prototypical defensive tackle that can play in any scheme. So whether the Patriots would be able to align him from the nose to a 5-technique spot on the defensive line. Given the amount of uncertainty at the defensive tackle position for 2015, let alone 2016, the Patriots could use a guy who can plug-and-play 30 snaps a game. Sealver Siliga and Chris Jones are the only two players who I would put on the 2015 53-man roster right now. The interior of the defensive line is arguably the biggest need for the Patriots in the draft because there isn't hope for internal improvement this year unlike at guard. Carl Davis fits the length and agility requirements to be a 3-down defensive lineman should the Patriots ultimately continue their style of two-gap defense. In their sub-packages, Davis could slide to 3 or 1-tech in the nickel and move to the nose in a 2-3-6 dime. The versatility to play inside and outside should have the Patriots intrigued come April 30.

Grade: Late 1st round

Bottom Line: I have Carl Davis rated higher than most people do because of his scheme versatility. He is a player the Patriots should look hard into considering at the 32nd pick. The reports of him flunking interviews at the Senior Bowl and the combine must be taken with a grain of salt due to the draft season being full of misinformation. The advantage for New England is that Davis played under former Bill Belichick assistant Kirk Ferentz. I get the feeling that Ferentz will tell Belichick the truth towards Davis' "laziness". Even with those reports swirling around, Davis has the perfect blend of size, length, initial burst, and lateral agility to be a successful 5-tech in a 2-gap 3-4 or a 1 or 3-tech should New England keep the hybrid gap system or move towards a 1-gap system.

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