IDP Spotlight- Demario Davis, New York Jets
Bee Salamat, Lead IDP Analyst, Rosterwatch.com
As we enter the 2012-2013 NFL Season, the majority of our fantasy drafts are done, and we have a handful left before kick-off. I’ll be here to tell you some players that should be on your radar if they’re not already. Most go undrafted; some get taken late. First up in my “Who is” Series is Demario Davis, a middle linebacker out of Arkansas State, taken in the 3rd Round of April’s NFL Draft by the New York Jets.
One thing about Demario is you don’t have to question his attitude; work ethic or leadership; he has it all. Head Coach Rex Ryan even went as far as comparing him to a legendary LB from the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis. Demario shows great attitude on and off the field. He is willing to work and a student of the game; very coachable. For the time being, Davis will see most of his playing time on special teams, but eventually he’ll get his snaps in at MLB as David Harris currently mans the middle.
Rex Ryan and the Jets have high expectations for Davis, and you know what? So do I.
Over his four years at Arkansas State, he posted stats of 229 tackles (22 ½ of them for a loss), seven sacks, four INTs, two fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles. If David Harris, or any other Jets LB gets sidelined, Demario’s number will be called and we’ll get a taste of what he’ll do.
He’s suffered a hamstring strain recently so he’s fallen off some people’s rankings and cheat sheets. That’ll make acquiring him a little easier. If you already had your rookie draft, chances are he got taken, but if he hasn’t and you have someone you can drop, I’d advise picking up Davis off waivers.
When the time comes for Davis to start, you can compare him number-wise to whom else, Ray Lewis. I have no doubt that his leadership skills and attitude will gain the respect from his fellow defensive players in the huddle.
He’ll consistently put up 100+ tackles each season, as he becomes the “Ray Lewis” of the Jets defense. Davis will put up strong LB2 numbers with many opportunities to move up to LB1 status. Love his upside that can vault him into the top 10, bold you say? You’re probably right but his attitude and work ethic say otherwise.