Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 12/22/08: #2 Junior CB, #15/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 1 in 2010
2008: All-American first-team choice by Playboy...Consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection...Started 11 games at strong-side cornerback, coming off the bench vs. Iowa...Ranked second on the team with a career-high 78 tackles (53 solos) that included seven stops for losses of 18 yards and one quarterback pressure...Tied for second in the conference with three forced fumbles...Intercepted two passes, broke up eight others and recovered one fumble...Gained 99 yards on five kickoff returns (19.8 avg)...Saw his opponents complete 34 of 53 passes targeted into his area (64.15%) for 269 yards (7.91 yards per completion/5.08 yards per pass attempt) and four touchdowns, as eleven of those catches resulted in first downs...Registered 23 third-down stops, including 17 vs. the pass, adding two more on fourth-down action...Collected nine of his tackles inside the red zone, including six on goal-line plays...Davis started 34 of 36 games he played in for the Fighting Illini, recording 206 tackles (139 solos) with 13.5 stops for losses totaling 34 yards and three quarterback pressures...Had three forced fumbles and recovered two others...Gained 12 yards on seven interception returns and deflected 22 passes...Returned nine kickoffs for 215 yards (23.9 avg) and blocked two punts for 31 yards in returns, including one touchdown...2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; PR: 2-31-15.5-1 KR: 4-116-29-0; 56 Sol-76 TT, 4 TFL, 4 INT, 8 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 BLK; First team All-Big 10. Sixth in interceptions and sixth in passes defended in the Big Ten ... Posted a career-best, team-leading 13 tackles... 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 30 Sol-52 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Named to Freshman All-America first teams by The Sporting News, Scout.com and Rivals.com … Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and the media… Brother, Vernon, played tight end at Maryland and was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, selected by the San Francisco 49ers.
Post-Draft Outlook: BEST PICK: Illinois CB Vontae Davis is an absolute necessity in an AFC East Division that includes Tom Brady throwing to Randy Moss, Wes Welker and now Brandon Tate. Same goes for the Bills star-studded tandem of Terrell Owens and Lee Evans. Davis is physical, an absolute specimen, who is excellent in run support. The loss of veteran Andre' Goodman, along with Will Allen in the final year of his contract and not getting any younger, screamed for an upgrade at this position. A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 1/25 -- Vontae Davis, CB, 5-11, 203, Illinois...The loss of Andre' Goodman along with the addition of Terrell Owens in a division that already has Randy Moss, Lee Evans and Wes Welker forced the Dolphins to address the cornerback position, especially with a physical one like Davis. - by The Sports Xchange