NAME: Wyatt Davis
POSITION: Right Guard
SCHOOL: Ohio State
WEIGHT: 315 pounds
Wyatt Davis has quite the family bloodlines, both on and off the football field. His grandfather, Willie Davis, was a NFL defensive end for 12 seasons with the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns. Willie was a five time NFL champion, two time Super Bowl champion with Green Bay, five time Pro Bowler and five time first team All-Pro. He also was named to the NFL 1960s All Decade Team and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Willie was subsequently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981. Meanwhile, Davis’ father, Duane Davis, was an actor. He starred in films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Necessary Roughness, Under Siege, The Program and Little Big League.
Growing up in Bellflower, California, Wyatt Davis attended St. John Bosco High School. His senior season of high school was highly decorated. Davis helped lead St. John Bosco to a 13-2 season and Division I CIF championship. Rated as a five-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout, he was seen as a top 25 player in his class by all three of those outlets. Davis was also rated as the number one guard prospect by all three of those sites. He chose Ohio State over schools like Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Michigan, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.
With the Buckeyes, Davis redshirted during his true freshman season. His first two starts came in the 2018 Big Ten Championship Game and the 2019 Rose Bowl. Davis’ overall dominance led to him being named first team All-Big Ten twice (2019, 2020). He was also an All-American in each of those two seasons. Finally, Davis was awarded Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year for 2020.
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When Davis latches on to a defender, they struggle mightily with how to disengage. They tend to attempt to use their arms and force Davis to handfight. There are certain limitations with his hand technique. Yet, he plays with a solid pad level that allows him to topple defenders into the ground. Davis does well to get under the opponent’s chest or shoulders. On the other hand, he showed largely positive results on down blocks close to the line of scrimmage. Davis simply controlled his man so well, that he could dictate when he wanted to add one last sustained blow. Even if he cannot reach his man, Davis is strong enough to use one arm to hold off their momentum. Consequently, opponents still came off highly unbalanced, even if they were able to release off of Davis’s block.
Davis presents an ability to mirror his man consistently in his pass sets. He usually takes short, quick shuffles in order to stay ahead of the opposing pass rusher. At the same time, Davis understands how to keep his lower half and base compact. There are certainly times where his balance can wane. But, there are more positives than negatives in that area during pass block plays. Davis does a good job of firing out of his stance and setting himself up in position to take on any style of pass rusher. Along with his immense power at the point of attack, Davis has proven to be extremely comfortable in the quick passing game, on RPOs or in play action.
Davis can sometimes be a bit slow to react to what is in front of him. However, he does a good job of staying stout and focusing on being patient. If opponents want to attack them, Davis loves to show that he can absorb the aggressive strikes or power from defenders. He has the ability to recover quickly. Thus, there are plays where it looks like he may be a bit top heavy. Davis distributes his weight though, and is able to reposition his feet back under his hips.
As good as Davis was on down blocks in the run game, moving out in the open field is a big question mark. Ohio State attempted to let him get upfield on screen passes, or he would be asked to pull to the second level. He just does not have the quickness and comfort to reach the second level. Faster defenders have baited him into running up to the wrong area of the field. Elsewhere, they will simply run around him by taking astute angles. The footwork is inconsistent in space. Davis does not quite have the flexibility in his lower half, to pair with his explosive get off.
Besides slow movement skills in space, Davis can be a bit behind in his reactionary skills. This showed up on plays where he started to block outside, then attempt to move back down inside. Defenders were too quick and used a lower center of gravity to best Davis. Going back to his reps in the open field, he can generally become too focused on his man, rather than the play and ball around him. This can create muddy traffic and plays stall before they have a chance to get started. He actually does well on double teams. Nonetheless, Davis will need to become more technically refined with his timing and plan of attack before the snap.
The blocker does not provide as active of hands as you would like. He tends to want to latch on to the defender first. Then, Davis will follow that up with extending his arms and trying to drive opponents downwards. Sustaining his blocks by keeping his hands rolling will be a work in progress. To boot, Davis has struggled with resealing on pass plays that take additional time to develop. His big blows are exciting. Davis cannot simply rely on that at the next level, however.
Wyatt Davis is not versatile enough to play tackle, and probably center. The Kansas City Chiefs would still gladly welcome him to play guard. They have to fix the interior part of the blocking unit first and foremost. Davis would also fit Kansas City’s zone blocking scheme. Not having to alter too much of his attack while blocking, would likely be better for him, given where he is currently at as a prospect. Davis is one of the more controlling blockers in this year’s class in the run game. Moreover, he is just as confident as a pass blocker. Seeing what kind of pass block assignments he handled while at Ohio State, actually transitions him well for an offensive playbook like the Kansas City Chiefs run.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.