The Pittsburgh Steelers made the second round selection safety Sean Davis from Maryland after selecting cornerback Artie Burns from Miami in the first round.
This article provides an initial grade on that pick, much like we did last night for Burns. We will use the same metrics as before. Keep in mind that honest grades at this point cannot be accurate for the long term, based on the fact of not being able to foretell how a player will pan out, but can measure a few key attributes:
Best Player Available: meaning that according to our official BTSC big board, constructed by our own Scott Pavelle, this player was ranked either at the top or close to the top of the remaining candidates. The closer to the top the higher the grade.
Positional Need: meaning that Pittsburgh addressed a key position needed for their depth chart. The bigger the need, the higher the grade.
NCAA Performance: this metric grades the players' reputation based on their performance in NCAA.
Combine Statistics: based on the numbers posted at this year's scouting combine.
Each metric will be measured on a 1-10 scale, ten being the highest and one being the lowest. The total of the scores will average out to a grade that allows for a normal range:
E: 5 or below.
Best Player Available: 8. Davis was graded as a late second round pick on our big board. He was considered a hybrid player during his time at the University of Maryland. A safety during his first three seasons and playing cornerback in his last. While there were some good picks still available for Pittsburgh to choose from, such as defensive tackle Andrew Billings or Ohio State Buckeye Vonn Bell, Davis will definitely bring solid defensive play at the safety position.
Positional Need: 9. Safety has been a concern over the last few seasons for Pittsburgh. Losing star athletes such as Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark certainly make you wonder how the front office will address the depth. Adding Mike Mitchell in 2014 brought hope and promise to the Steel City. Sean Davis will be a great player alongside Mitchell in 2016 as they both are hard-hitting athletes.
NCAA Performance: 7.5. Davis was a four year starter at the University of Maryland. He earned over 100 tackles in both his sophomore and junior seasons. In 2015, he intercepted three passes and ranked among the FBS leaders in forced fumbles with five. He has the ability to hit players and his versatility will make him a real threat in the NFL.
Combine Statistics: 8. 4.48 40-yard dash time with a 37.5 inch vertical. His 6' 1" 201 lbs frame makes for a large safety who has the necessary build and great height to be a starting athlete in the National Football League.
Overall Grade: B+
Overall, Davis is a quick athlete that has proven he can play both cornerback and safety at a high level. This pick addresses a major need on the Steelers' defense. While Davis is very athletic and has the build, he is also horribly raw and at times struggles covering receivers that can run good routes. Time will time if the Steelers played their cards right, I am just a big fan of his versatility and overall coverage skills. We will just have to wait and see but I like the newest addition to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Welcome aboard Sean Davis.