It took longer than many analysts predicted, but Carl Davis finally heard his name called in the NFL Draft late Friday night.
The Baltimore Ravens chose Iowa’s defensive tackle in the third round with the 90th pick overall pick. Teammate Brandon Scherff landed with the Washington Redskins a night earlier with the 5th selection of the opening round.
"Now there’s a value pick right there," NFL Network Lead Analyst Mike Mayock said during Friday’s broadcast when Baltimore picked the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Davis. "Some people thought he’d sneak into the back end of the first round."
It was thought that Davis raised his stock with a strong week in January’s Senior Bowl event. It surprised some scouts because the performance did match what they saw on his film at Iowa.
"Outstanding Senior Bowl week. Love his physical traits. His Iowa tape didn’t match up to his Senior Bowl tape," Mayock said.
Davis earned second-team all-Big Ten honors in each of the last two seasons. As a senior last fall, he totaled 36 tackles, nine tackles for loss and two sacks.
"My theory is when he’s one on one with a tackle or a guard and all he’s got to do is beat that guy in a one-on-one situation, his physical traits win. But when it’s 11 on 11, he’s still got a little bit of a way to go as far as learning how to play the game. But he has dominating height, weight, speed, physical traits," Mayock said.
Overall, Mayock felt Baltimore did well to grab Davis late in the third round where he’ll team up with former Iowa offensive lineman Marshal Yanda, an all-pro.
"Why do the Ravens always end up with these guys? Because (General Manager) Ozzie Newsome and (Assistant GM) Eric DeCosta are patient. That’s why," Mayock said.
It’s the highest a Iowa defensive lineman has gone in the process since Adrian Clayborn went to Tampa Bay in first round, 20th overall, in ’11. It’s the second highest a defensive tackle as been picked in the 16-year run of head coach Kirk Ferentz. Atlanta took Jonathan Babineaux 59th overall in ’05.
Davis became the 57th player drafted since Kirk Ferentz became head coach in ’99. The ’15 selection process was scheduled to wrap up Saturday in Chicago with Rounds 4-7. Hawkeye seniors Louis Trinca-Pasat and Andrew Donnal were picked in some mock drafts to go in that range.
Here’s more on the Davis pick from social media:
Carl Davis: It's my job now to make everyone regret not taking me.
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) May 2, 2015
Be interested to see how Carl Davis fits but he certainly "won" the conference call. Called himself one of the best D-tackles in draft.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) May 2, 2015
New Ravens DT Carl Davis had a Pass Rushing Productivity Rating of 9.4 v Power 5 Opponents, 2nd best among DTs in this class
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 2, 2015
Iowa DT Carl Davis dominated Sr Bowl workouts. Has NFL size & the skill set to produce for BAL. Consistency will be the key at pro level.
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) May 2, 2015