Getting To Know Our Rookies: Raekwon Davis

Looking at Raekwon Davis and what his addition to the team brings

Round 2 #56 Raekwon Davis DT Alabama

Miami Dolphins
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: August 21, 1997 (age 22)
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 306 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school: Meridian High School
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick

NFL Draft Profile

One of the top 100 recruits of the class of 2016, Davis had to wait until after the first week of his freshman season to find out whether he would be academically eligible to play for the Tide. He got the go-ahead, then contributed in seven games as a reserve (four tackles, one sack) that season. Davis became a playmaker as a sophomore, garnering first-team All-SEC honors by posting 69 tackles, 10 for loss, and a team-high 8.5 sacks in 14 games (six starts). He became a star nationwide during Alabama’s title run in 2017, making 10 tackles, two sacks, and an interception in the team’s two playoff wins. Davis’ production went down a bit during his junior season (55 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks in 15 games, 14 starts) so he decided to return to the Tide for the 2019 season. His production dropped again as a senior, though he still earned second-team all-conference notice from league coaches (47 tackles, three for loss, 0.5 sack in 12 starts).


Rugged and powerful with elite physical traits, Davis has the ability to impose his will on opponents and dominate at the point of attack. He plays long and strong with rare leverage for a taller player and holds positioning against double teams for linebackers to flow freely. He was all over the backfield in 2017, but hasn’t made nearly as many plays — against the run or pass — since then. Despite possessing unique traits and the potential to dominate, his upside could be a moving target based upon maturity level and continued growth as a rusher. He should be a first-round pick who can come in and start right away for an odd or even front defense.


  • Elite combination of height, weight and length
  • Elite two-gapper who sets a strong edge
  • Bends well and plays from positions of leverage
  • Initial hands are quick and fierce
  • Shows ability to bludgeon blockers and impose will
  • Corkscrews into the turf to ward off double teams
  • Rarely loses ground to power
  • Adequate range to chase plays
  • Highly effective punch-and-shed timing to tackle
  • Heavy behind his pads when tackling
  • Freight train rush tactics overwhelm lesser guards
  • Greases blocker’s edge with heavy hands
  • Pulls himself around blocks with smooth arm-over looks
  • Scouts say maturity has been a concern in the past
  • Movement can be leggy and inefficient
  • Loses track of the football
  • More two-gap plugger than playmaker
  • Worn down and non-factor in second half against LSU
  • More pocket-denter than QB-getter as rusher
  • Long strider with below-average foot quickness as rusher
  • Rush plan and go-to moves haven’t really developed
  • Pocket pursuit lacks control, leading to missed sacks

TDS Take

Some considered this to be one of the many reaches by Miami’s draft team but not me I loved this pick as I had him as a potential target just about where we drafted him and for sure he was truly a need to add to the rotation of our DT’s room and will be the biggest DT in that room as this man-child fights for his role on thus team. From the looks of things he don’t look like he will lose to many fights.

Welcome To Miami Raekwon Davis!

Fins Up!

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