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Jets add Safey Safety Ashtyn Davis With 68th Overall Pick

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After landing a couple of offensive starters in Mekhi Becton and Denzel Mims with his first two picks, Jets GM Joe Douglas moved over to the defensive side of the ball and selected Cal safety Ashtyn Davis.

The 6’1″ 202lb Davis earned a scholarship in track at Cal and later walked on to the football team. He has excelled in both sports in college. He is a bit of a wild card in that he has been discussed as a safety and possibly a cornerback in the NFL.

Ashtyn’s scouting profile from NFL.com:
Strengths
  • Monster athletic tester and scouts rave about A-plus character
  • Has electric chase and recovery speed
  • Experienced lining up in a variety of spots
  • Smooth in his backpedal paired with exceptional closing burst
  • Athletic gifts make up for slower eyes
  • Range to play over the top from single-high
  • Disruptive length at catch point
  • Alert and energetic in zone coverage
  • Possesses traits of a future ballhawk if recognition develops
  • Does not lack toughness
  • Trigger and demeanor to race into the alley in run support
Weaknesses
  • Can be reckless as downhill tackler
  • Has issues coming to balance and getting controlled, wrap-up tackles
  • Needs to shorten stride length in leveraged pursuit to prevent overflows
  • Instincts inconsistent due to inexperience
  • Has some hip tightness
  • Leggy in short-area movement, limiting balance in space
  • Room for tighter route squeeze to deter throws
  • Peripheral route awareness can be spotty from deep zone
  • Needs to play with better contain discipline against zone-read quarterbacks

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.