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Washington Redskins 2020 Draft Profiles: Ashtyn Davis, S, California

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Hogs Haven takes a look at prospects heading into the 2020 NFL Draft

NCAA Football: California at UCLA Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Ashtyn Davis

Safety

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 195 lbs.

California

Strengths:

Ashtyn Davis is a dynamic, versatile player in the secondary with experience at both safety and cornerback. He thrives at safety due to his natural speed, evidenced by his performance as a First Team All-American in track and field at Cal, where he placed 14th in the nation in the 110m hurdles. On the football field, that translates to range where he can cover large areas of the field by trusting his legs. Naturally, he’s quick and agile in addition to his prominent straight-line speed. He’s also tough and willing to tackle.


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Weaknesses:

Davis isn’t a polished football player, though he has instincts for the position that will need to continue to be developed. He may be used in special teams as he learns the nuances of playing safety in the NFL and as he improves as a more reliable tackler.

Why he may fit with Washington:

The Redskins were just average against the pass in 2019, allowing 238.9 passing yards allowed per game. New head coach Ron Rivera’s team finished with the sport’s second-worst record for a reason after a 3-13 year, and there are plenty of holes up and down the roster. Among them is the secondary, and Davis could make an impact there for the Redskins on new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio’s unit.

Bottom Line:

Ashtyn Davis has the physical tools of speed, quickness and agility to make plays as a safety or cornerback in the NFL, and with more experience, which he may gain by playing special teams as a reserve for a season or two, he has potential to be a dynamic playmaker.

Projected Round: 2nd