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5 Things to Know: CB Carlton Davis III

Get to know a few things about lockdown cornerback and the second-round pick out of Auburn, Carlton Davis III.


  1. He's a Florida native. Born in Miami, Florida, Davis went to Miami Norland Senior High School and was the MVP of the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders game. He was ranked as one of the top 25 prospects in the state of Florida coming out of high school according to Rivals.com and also ran track for Miami Norland. 2. He was a three-year starter at Auburn. Davis started as a true freshman in 2015. He recorded 56 total tackles with 11 passes defensed and three interceptions that year. He started all 13 games for the Tigers in 2017 as a junior and finished his Auburn career with 138 total tackles, 33 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four interceptions across three seasons. 3. He's stingy. According to Pro Football Focus, he limited receivers to a 48.1 percent catch rate in 2017, the lowest of his career. The average passer rating against him during his junior season was just 74.7, which is 15.7 percent less than the national average according to the same analysis. He looks to be the most effective against the slant, where passers had just a 66.1 rating against him. 4. He's got a great build. What you see immediately about Davis is that he's 6'1" and 206 pounds. But what makes him extremely effective as a shutdown corner are his exceptionally long arms. He has a 78 and 3/8-inch wingspan, aiding him in press coverage when matched up against big-bodied receivers, of which the NFC South has plenty. 5. He's been compared to 49ers CB Richard Sherman. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compared Davis to the seven-year NFL veteran Richard Sherman when giving a comp in Davis' draft profile. This is what Zierlein had to say overall: **"Davis' combination of height, weight, length and ball skills make him a nuisance that college wide receivers could do without on Saturdays. Davis has some struggles mirroring routes in space and is best as a full-time press corner who is able to use his length and strength to take wideouts out of their game. Davis plays with confidence and some edge and was able to show and prove against NFL-caliber talent over the last three years. In the right scheme, he could become a high-impact starter."
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