Earlier today, since returning in November of 2020, I referred to Ohio State White Davis as a treatment for the same ailments that the Vikings have suffered since the start of the 2017 qualifiers. If you remember, the Vikings had to change their line of attack due to injuries at home over a period of time. Out of the week. After that season, the team lost both goalkeepers at Joe Berger and Nick Easton, and pass protection (especially) has been increasingly increased despite the change in the way the NFL pays midfielders in 2018.
This is changing now.
Yesterday the Vikings formulated their left plan for the future in Christian Darisso. You can read about it here:
You can also read my opinion on Davis and its effect on the chances of the Vikings, here:
This is huge. Leaked out.
The Vikings invested more in their offensive line in the last two drafts than any team in the NFL. First round player on Jarrett Bradbury, second round player on Ezra Cleveland, second on Brian O’Neill, etc. The jury is still out for the Cleveland team who performed well in the running game but badly against the rush of passes. People have already described Bradbury as a bust, but to be fair, he hasn’t had much support around him in the past two seasons.
With Darrisaw and now Davis’ recruiting robbery, the Vikings will have a strong, young offensive streak with two shiny new players in Darrisaw and Davis especially notorious for not giving up bags in college. If you are reading this article, then you know how important it is. Davis was also particularly known for being an absolute beast in running game, which, once again, knows what that means.
Davis was an absolute hooker in Ohio.
Here’s his bio from NFL.com:
Davis was one of the nation’s top recruits in 2017, winning the Los Angeles Times’ Southern California Footballer of the Year title as an offensive tackle at St. John’s Bosco High School while also winning the US Army Glenn Davis Award for Excellence in Community Service, Education, and Sports Excellence. Ohio State captured the five-star recruiter and was late to enrollment in Kindergarten in 2017. He played in all 14 games of the 2018 season but did not start in the right guard until the last two games of the year. Davis started all 15 matches for Buckeyes at the right-hand goalkeeper in 2019, and has played well enough to earn the Associated Press All-American First-Team and First-Team All-Big Ten medals. He initially opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 but decided to come back again when the Big Ten announced that it would be the fall season of football instead of playing in the spring. Davis was again one of the AP All-American first-team and all-congressional squads in 2020 for his eight-game right-hand-goalkeeper play. He helped lead Buckeyes to the national championship match, but Davis had to leave that competition due to a first-half injury. His late grandfather, Willie, was a defensive midfielder for the Green Bay Packers’ Professional Football Hall of Fame in the 1960s. White’s father, Duane, played football in Missouri but suffered knee injuries. He eventually became an actor, landing roles in “The Program” and “Necessary Roughness” as well as “Beetlejuice”, while also securing parts in TV shows such as “21 Jump Street” and “A Different World”. White’s brother David played football for Washington State and Cal. By Chad Reuter
There is no question of Davis’ strength or stiffness. It has a lot of prominent reels that highlight the behavior of the graceful fields. However, there are questions about whether his lack of desirable physical qualities and body control are among the things he can constantly solve as a professional. He is strong at the point of attack. He plays with leverage and leg driving in the running game, but his average control and fitness make him more than just a phone booth blocker. He has the anchor and hand speed to handle his pass-protecting job but his talent for recovery is somewhat limited. Davis has to be a NFL player for a strength-based running scheme, but his lack of height, body control and footwork prevents him from playing extensively on a consistent basis.
- He loves the physical posture.
- POPS deals with a strong defensive inside.
- The lower body is very strong.
- He opens his hips into corner blocks, creating momentum for driving.
- Strains and can outperform individual blocks in a strength test.
- Slide feet and hips to a secure position after contact.
- Clamps in and contains the man opposite him on the basic blocks.
- Looking to end blocks with bad intentions.
- Consistent hands inside scroll protection.
- Low-man style maintains it by rep.
- Flexible to dip and hold against bulls’ thrust.
- Quick punch and recovery when passing laps.
- Frame smaller than required for an NFL Ranger.
- Body control is very average.
- Average feet to make adjustments to the mass of moving objects.
- Inactivity moves from the first block to the second in groups.
- You will fall behind in the hitting position rather than confident in technology
- Prematurely wanders away from home base sometimes in pass pro game.
- Lack of speed in the short zone to fill the gaps against lightning attacks.
- The length for recovery forwarding could not be reached.
You can also read about other Vikings’ selections on Day Two here: