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Is Carlos Davis the answer at nose tackle for the Steelers?

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Breaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster

Michigan State v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

We are well on our way now bringing you part 23 of our 90-part series—assuming the roster does not change before we are complete—which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.

Let’s take a look at rookie defensive lineman

Carlos Davis

Position: DT
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 320 lbs
College: Nebraska
Draft: 7th round 232nd overall in 2020


2019 stats (Nebraska)

32 Tackles
4 Sacks
1 Forced Fumble
3 Passes defended


Contract remaining

N/A rookie deals are not yet available as Davis has not yet signed his deal with the Steelers


Likelihood of making the roster

Main roster: Doubtful, Practice squad: Lock

Sure the Steelers don't have a true nose tackle on the roster, but that's more the case of nose being a dead position in the NFL. Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Tyson Alualu, and Chris Wormley will rotate majority of the time. Daniel McCullers, Isaiah Buggs, Cavon Walker, and maybe even Henry Mondeaux are all canidates to be the primary back-ups. Davis will be called upon in the future, just don't expect much from the seventh round pick in a short offseason.


2020 projection

Expect Davis to be placed on the practice squad, and with any luck he won't be scooped off the roster in 2020. The best thing that could happen for the Steelers would be for a red-shirt year of sorts. When Davis comes back again for camp in 2021 hopefully he makes the final roster.


Projected stats:

N/A —Practice squad


Summary

Carlos Davis could be something, Key-word being ‘could’. He’s not going to have a very easy path to making the roster in 2020, so don't hold your breath. Davis is going to have to surpass multiple vets with almost no field time—it’s just a herculean task. Let’s just hope he doesn't get stolen off the practice squad, and gets a shot to make the team in 2021.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett
John Battle
Jordan Berry
Saeed Blacknall
Breon Borders
Chris Boswell
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Isaiah Buggs
Devin Bush
Deon Cain
Kam Canaday
Chase Claypool
Josiah Coatney
James Conner
Anthony Coyle
Jordan Dangerfield
Amara Darboh