NFL Draft 2019: 5 small school prospects the Arizona Cardinals should watch
By Cody Potanko
Nate Davis, OL, North Carolina Charlotte
At 6-3, 306-pounds is one of this year’s underrated guards that can play nearly any position on the field. He’s excellent in run blocking schemes and can easily create space for himself. In 2018 Davis lead an extraordinary rushing attack that rushed for 200+yards, three times (FAU 289, FIU 281, WKU 211). With no injury problems, Davis started 37 out of 40 games in his college career.
One of the most notable aspects of his game is his punch, which is stiff and strong. When timed right, his punch stuns opposing rushers, which allows him to engage and use his best weapon –his ability to lock up rushers and driving them out of the gap. He is rarely found standing around does an excellent job to consistently find work whether the assignment calls for help blocking or taking on an opposing rusher on his own.
Davis can become a plug-and-play type of lineman within his first couple of years not really starting quite yet. If the North Carolina Charlotte product his footwork and his hand timing when delivering a timely punch or blow. The Cardinals will do well to draft him in the later stages of the draft perhaps in the fifth to sixth rounds.