5 prospects the Vikings should approach with caution in 2020

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Raekwon Davis
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Raekwon Davis – DT (Alabama)

Raekwon Davis possesses all the tools to be a dominating interior disruptor in the NFL. He has impressive size standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 311 pounds. He is powerful and quick with the ability to take over a game. The issue is that he hasn’t dominated since 2017.

In 2017, Davis burst onto the scene when he finished with 69 total tackles (10 for a loss), 8.5 sacks, and one interception. He looked to be a man amongst boys and he dominated his competition. Since then his numbers have fallen off the map.

In 2018, his sack total dropped to just 1.5 and last season he had only half a sack. This brings up a couple of questions. The first is that opposing teams became aware of Davis and began double-teaming him. If that was the case, the double teams worked and Davis either doesn’t possess the power to bust through them or he lacks the fight and drive to.

Another concern that comes up is his overall stamina. Is the taking on double teams just wearing this big guy out? He did seem to fade as games went on and perhaps he just doesn’t have the stamina to hold up for a full four quarters of a game.

The last question that this drop off in production brings up is his overall determination to succeed. After his breakout season, perhaps Davis just figured that was good enough to secure his NFL future. It is fair for teams to question his overall passion and drive to be great. If he was determined to be the best, his numbers surely wouldn’t have taken such a nosedive.

Davis is very much a draftable prospect and he should still come off the board by the end of the second round. He has all the physical tools to succeed in the NFL and perhaps just needs a kick in the butt by a pro coach or veteran teammate.