[QUOTE=Austin;4495956]It was an interesting selection that addressed an area of need (speed in the LB corps) but I have mixed feelings. I love his physical tools and his firey attitude (apparently he's a natural leader and fierce competitor) but obviously it's a little concerning that he played at such a small time school. Not that plenty of stud players have come from smaller schools, but it might take him a bit longer to adjust to playing at the next level... It's easier to expect quick contributions from a guy who played in the SEC than a guy who played at Arkansas State.
Still, I'm optimistic. One thing that's nice about the Rex Ryan era is that you have confidence that he can make players better with his schemes and coaching (well, other than the Green Ghost) than they otherwise might be. Hopefully he's a beast.[/QUOTE]
I agree with all of the above. He does come from a small school, seems to be a born leader, and may take some time in regards to adjusting to the speed of the NFL game but one thing that Demario Davis has in his favor, is that he doesn't have to be thrown into the fire during his rookie season. We can actually take the time with patience and develop Davis behind not only coach Ryan, but also two veteran linebackers in Bart Scott and David Harris. That's what I'm most looking forward to in regards to this draft selection. The ability to groom him. It doesn't get much better than that. Who better to grasp the game and learn the position than Rex Ryan, David Harris and Bart Scott?
Another poster made a strong point, in regards to expecting Davis to make an impact later on in the year. If you think back to Vilma's rookie season, it wasn't until week 8 where he made his first impact, had a breakout game against the Bills with 15 tackles during his first start. As a fan base, we then knew (right then and there) that Vilma was something special in the making. I'm hopeful that by week 12, Davis starts to emerge as Bart Scott's future replacement.
As far as physical ability, this kid seems to be something special in the making.
Vilma ran a 4.65, 37 inch vert, 23 bench reps, 6.67 three cone drill, 4.20 short shuttle and posted a 10 foot 1 inch broad jump coming out of college.
Davis ran a 4.61, 38.5 inch vert, 32 bench reps, 7.19 three cone drill, 4.28 short shuttle and posted a 10 foot 4 inch broad jump heading into the draft.