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My Case For Rulon Davis.

May 5, 2009
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Defensive End, Rulon Davis

We are at a point where there is not a clear cut defensive line look right now on the Broncos. That is why for the next few months we are going to be speculating what it is going to look like by the regular season. My current vision for the Defensive Line stands as this: Robert Ayers, Ronald Fields and a sleeper named Rulon Davis.

Rulon Davis was an undrafted free agent from California and Berkeley or “Cal” and was considered to be one of the better Defensive Ends on the team right now in my opinion. Many people don’t expect him to be effective on the team in his first year but I don’t think there is anyone better to play opposite Robert Ayers right now in our new 3-4 Defense.

The first reason I like him is that he is big. Davis weighs in at 6’4 and 281 pounds. That said he has decent speed, explosiveness and pass rushing skills as well as the ability to play quickly in pursuit and deflect passes with ease. In just last season he batted down 7 passes by the QB, a skill that not many Defensive Ends have.

For those of you who do not know from the Denver Posts article written earlier today, Rulon Davis was a marine before he attended Cal and therefore he is much older than most pro prospects at the age of 25. But that to me is a good thing for the time being, as he brings a lot more maturity to the team. The fact that he was a marine only supplements this.

Davis has also proved to be a decent athlete and has the ability to both pass rush and bull rush the QB. He can easily penetrate the pocket and both stop the run and the pass. He is a totally well rounded player who could comfortably slip into the role of a five technique Defensive End in the 3-4 that Mike Nolan will be implementing. 

What people don’t know is that Cal is one of the few schools to use a 3-4 in college football. In fact he said that he chose Denver because he was more familiar with the 3-4 defense. Davis doesn’t even care about not being drafted, he is so happy with being with the Broncos.

“I don’t even care about that anymore,” Davis said of not getting drafted to the Denver Post.”I’m happy I’m with this team. I’m trying to make this team right now and that’s where my focus is.”

Most people view him as just lucky to make the roster. I don’t think it will be hard at all for him to make the Denver Broncos roster. I don’t think he is that much of a long shot to start. Maybe somewhat Wesley Woodyard-esque? I don’t know. One of the things about him that he has that not many other Broncos defensive linemen had last year his strength.

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Rulon Davis as a Denver Bronco

Also he is a powerful tackler which I have preached was our biggest problem all of last year. We need great tacklers on this team and he is one by definition. Playing him across from Robert Ayers in a couple of years may be one of the best Defensive End tandems in the NFL. I am thinking like Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. 

The one major concern I have is that he is very injury prone but at this point where the coaching staff finds it unlikely to even be a starter, durability isn’t the question at this point. Raw skill is what we need and he has just that. While the coaching staff might not see him as a starter they do certainly see him as a decent player and good person to boot.

“The way he speaks, he’s very correct, proper,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said. “He treats everybody with a great deal of respect. He listens, asks good questions. Sits up in his chair, always attentive, those types of things. You can tell he was brought up the right way.”

Let’s face it. Every team needs a bit more of that. Especially a team that had more arrests than any other team in the NFL last year. 

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3 Comments
  1. May 5, 2009 4:10 PM

    what our ‘D’ needs:
    BIG d-line MLB like al wilson d.j. on outside along with elvis DOOM and Robert Ayers, maybe andre in there, and champ some one that can wrap up like DWill and brian dawkins and a safety like this:

    hey look, i just told the story of our 2005 ‘D’! imgine, HUGE d-linemen, nick furguson and lynch williams bailey dj al and ian what a ‘D’ that was:

  2. KennyFresh permalink
    May 12, 2009 9:42 AM

    Rulon is one very taletent athlete & positvie motivaiting person u woould like to meet i believe he will be a very good Pro Football Player,as well as a great HumanBeing … Yo Barber

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