1. Ashtyn Davis, FS, Cal
Ashtyn Davis oozes ballhawking potential, and finding a free safety remains one the Cleveland Browns biggest needs heading into draft day.
Davis’ most recognizable attribute is speed, as the Cal product is reported to have sprinted a 4.28 40-yard dash, although he did not run at March’s NFL Combine.
Davis is mostly regarded as a second-day prospect, but there doesn’t seem to be a consensus about whether he’ll be a second- or third-round selection. The Browns own the 41th pick overall (second round), and it’d be temping to use the selection on Davis, considering how dire the need is.
If he’s there in the third, then it’s a slam dunk. Take him.
That said, Davis must respond to coaching at the pro level. He won’t be a first-rounder for a reason. Some draft reports list his bad habits as being poor tackling, while also taking poor angles. This is become he needs to play with better conrol.
He picked up football as a sophomore in high school, though, so ideally those problems continued to be cleaned up with the right coaching.
Considering the success new defensive coordinator Joe Woods had coaching the 49ers defensive backfield, he’s probably the right man for the job.