by Ryan Myers
Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Wake Forest, Defensive End, Jasheen Davis
Name - Jasheen Davis
Pos - DE
Team - Wake Forest
HT/WT - 6’3” 259 lbs.
Home - Snellville, GA
Jasheen Davis played his high school football at Shiloh High School where he recorded 159 career tackles. In his final season, he collected 86 tackles, 11 sacks and a pair of touchdowns. He was named first team all-county, first team all-region as a senior and was twice named Gwinnett County Player of the Week. He earned a 3-star rating from ESPN and Rivals.com, and had a 4-star rating from 247Sports. Davis chose Wake Forest over offers from LSU, Tennessee, Penn State, and others.
In 2020, during his freshman year at Wake, Davis played in just two games and recorded three tackles. He redshirted and looked forward to his second season. In 2021, Davis had his first season as a starter for the Demon Deacons. He played in all 13 games and recorded 34 tackles, 8.5 TFL, and 5.5 sacks. This season solidified him as an important part of the pass rush for the Wake Forest defense in coming seasons.
In his third season with Wake, Davis recorded 33 tackles, and upped his numbers in TFL and sacks, collecting 14 and 7 respectively. His continued improvement carried over to his redshirt junior season this year as he has played in 12 games and improved all of his numbers once again. He recorded 49 tackles, 17 TFL, and 7.5 sacks and has drawn attention from the NFL world.
Davis shows both initial and closing burst while rushing the backfield. His first step is always good, and gives him an advantage off the edge as most linemen can’t match his speed off the edge. He shows tremendous quickness and good mobility and flexibility to bend off the edge and disrupts the backfield in different ways. He has a strong core and heavy hands which help him to fight through and around blocks while maintaining his balance and continuing his pursuit.
However, Davis lacks the ideal length for an edge rusher, and at 6’3”, 259, he is a bit undersized to have an impact on the inside. He is a bit of a tweener, but uses his strength well, playing low, but has a limited depth of pass rush moves. This combined with what he lacks in size allows him to be thrown around a bit when linemen learn to match him.
Jasheen Davis is a quick, explosive, edge rusher who plays with a high motor and good instincts. He locates the ball well which helps his effectiveness not just as a pass rusher, but as a run stopper as well. This versatility is valuable in the NFL and will help him on draft day along with his strength in his core and his hands. He is slightly undersized for the position and lacks the ideal length off the edge, but his feel for the game and his tendencies to play low to the ground offset what he lacks in his size.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - Round 5 or Round 6