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Raekwon Davis, Packers, Alabama

Alabama DT Raekwon Davis should already be a consideration for the Packers in the 2020 NFL Draft

The Green Bay Packers can add to their defense even more. After compiling 69 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 2017 as a sophomore for the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, interior defensive lineman Raekwon Davis hasn’t taken the “next step” from a statistical perspective.

Davis came to Tuscaloosa with high expectations — only natural for a 6-foot-7 defensive tackle that was a top 100 ranked recruit in the nation. As stated before, Davis met and possibly exceeded those expectations in only his second year.

Fast forward to 2019 and Davis only has 37 tackles and 0.5 sacks. The regression in production is undeniable but what the stats don’t tell you is Davis is still an athletic, quick long-armed defensive tackle with unmatched size.

Davis definitely needs to work on his timing and motor in order to maximize his near-unlimited potential but for NFL teams, it’ll be hard to ignore such a physical specimen.

The Green Bay Packers rank in the bottom half of the NFL in sacks and while the defense, as a whole, has played fairly well, Green Bay could use some extra help in the defensive trenches.

At 315 pounds, Davis takes a whole lot of effort to move and depending on what happens with his draft stock, a high-reward selection like Davis makes sense for a team like Green Bay that is trying to remain among the NFL’s elite.

Davis is ranked as the No. 3 defensive tackle in the 2020 class by WalterFootball and the No. 5 defensive line by CBS Sports. With his tantalizing measurables, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Davis go in the first round despite the lack of statistical production.

Davis would likely project as a nose tackle in the Packers defensive scheme. IF the Packers take a flier on Davis, he could take some time to learn behind fourth-year pro Kenny Clark or step right in as the starter in Green Bay isn’t convinced with their 2017 first-round pick.

The Packers have spent multiple picks on the defensive line in recent years including DE Rashan Gary No. 12 overall last year and DT Kingsley Keke in the fifth round. However, no interior lineman on the current roster has as much raw potential and size as the senior from Alabama.