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Bruce Davis DE/OLB 6'3 252 UCLA 4.78

By: Robert Davis

After redshirting his first season as a Bruin, he came through as a reserve end with 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks. As a sophomore he split time as a linebacker and end, finishing with 28 tackles, six for loss, and two sacks. Davis came out of nowhere as a junior, erupting with 17.5 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks, to go along with 35 total tackles, earning All American honors in the process. He did not disappoint as a senior, coming back and finishing the year with 45 tackles, 15.5 for loss, and 12 sacks on the year.

Davis is a very good athlete, and can apply big time pressure off the edge. He gets a burst off the line, and uses his quickness to blow by the tackle. He has the quickness to change direction and the speed to close on the quarterback to finish the play. Davis appears to have all the traits to develop into a fine 3-4 OLB at the next level.

Size is the obvious problem with Davis as an end. He is simply too small to play DE full time. He is going to have to move back to a linebacker position, and may take some time to develop his talents playing standing up.

Davis is one of the best pass rushers in the college game, but is a tweener without freakish athleticism or speed. That should push him into the third round area, but he could be a player that has an impact greater than his draft position. He knows how to get after the passer, whether he runs a 40 as fast as other guys or not.

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