Former Pro Bowl CB Says Bucs Davis Isn’t A Top 10 CB

We’ve heard it over the previous few years from former Bucs head coach Bruce Arians that Carlton Davis III is a High 10 nook within the league. As lately as this 12 months’s NFL Scouting Mix, Arians and common supervisor Jason Licht doubled down on that assertion.

Then the Bucs paid him like one. Davis obtained a three-year, $44.5 million contract with $30 million assured in free company.

For a second, Davis was the ninth-highest paid cornerback within the league. That was earlier than extensions got to different corners across the league. Now Davis is simply exterior the High 10 by way of contract standing.

One former high NFL cornerback thinks that’s extra indicative of the place he belongs. On a Twitter Stay Areas room, former NFL nook Antonio Cromartie mentioned he doesn’t assume Davis is a High 10 nook within the league at present.

“Carlton Davis was harm with the Bucs for a bit of bit, so I can’t put him within the High 10,” mentioned Cromartie, who was a four-time Professional Bowler with three totally different groups. “There’s a whole lot of guys that’s within the High 10 that’s higher than him. I don’t assume he was a High 10 nook and his market confirmed that additionally.”

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Bucs CB Carlton Davis III – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

It’s not that Cromartie doesn’t like Davis as one of many high gamers on the place. He simply thinks he wants to remain wholesome and be extra constant in his play. He factors out the teaching employees the Bucs have in place. Particularly two coaches he’s performed underneath in his profession as leaders who may help him take his sport to the following stage.

“Do I like him? Sure” mentioned Cromartie. ” Do I believe he could possibly be higher? Sure. I believe he’s received a terrific coach over there in coach Kevin Ross and coach Todd Bowles. Two guys who I’ve been round for many of my profession. If he can perceive the sport and take the sport a bit of extra severely and make it a bit of bit simpler on himself, as a result of he’s not a quick man. He’s a man that relies on getting his fingers on guys and taking part in off. He has to do a greater job at that, or he gained’t be there for for much longer. As a result of it’s all about what you are able to do for me no longer what you are able to do for me later.”

If Davis can keep wholesome this season and make extra performs on the ball he may simply take his sport to a brand new stage. Already a lock-down caliber participant, his 48 pressured incompletions is probably the most by any participant since 2019. The place Davis has struggled is arising with interceptions.

After not recording a choose in his first 21 video games, Davis lastly got here away together with his first INT in the course of the 2019 season. He then added 4 extra in 2020 whereas serving to the Bucs win Tremendous Bowl LV that 12 months. Davis missed practically half the season final 12 months with a quad harm and solely had one interception. He dropped a number of others.

Doubtless one of many explanation why Cromartie isn’t as excessive on Davis is that he undeniable fact that Cromartie was a ballhawk within the NFL. He had 31 profession interceptions in his 11-year profession, and led the league with 10 INTs in 2007 in San Diego. Cromartie had no less than three interceptions in seven of his 11 NFL seasons.

The 2022 season shall be an enormous one for Davis. If he can focus and end on the ball he may very effectively discover himself in that High 10 dialog – and with a possible Professional Bowl nod.