New York Jets – Round Two Tuesdays: Sony Michel and Carlton Davis

Daniel Mosher with a closer look at two prospects the New York Jets could target with their second round picks: Sony Michel and Carlton Davis…

Did your favorite prospect disappoint at the Combine? Maybe your favorite movie walked away empty handed at the Oscars! Whatever’s getting you down this week, fear not, because Daniel Mosher is back by minimal demand to bring you another installment of Round Two Tuesdays!

This week, we look at a player most Jets fans have had their eyes on for months, and a personal favorite who certainly hasn’t gotten the love he deserves.

Sony Michel – RB – Georgia

Originally thought of as Georgia’s second option behind fellow Dawg Nick Chubb, Michel’s productive season skyrocketed him up draft boards. Michel is a true three down back who has drawn comparisons to Alvin Kamara, Frank Gore and Ezekiel Elliot. Michel was a highly respected team captain who absolutely thrived on the big stage; over the two games of the CFB Playoff, Michel put up 279 yards and three TD’s on just 25 carries with an additional 41 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.

What I love most about Sony Michel is his ability to get every last yard out of a run. Even on a busted run, he takes any yard he can and rarely gets caught trying to do too much. Michel has a compact, thick frame and plays with a physical, grinding style that can wear a team out. Watch how he eats contact from three defenders and fights for the goal line. Gotta love it.

Michel is an intelligent and decisive runner who had a firm grasp on the Georgia blocking scheme, knowing exactly how to let blocks develop in front of him. On this Inside Zone run, Michel reads the middle linebacker perfectly. As soon as the backer shoots into right gap, Michel bursts to the left and lowers his shoulder into the contact.

Even when blocking blows up in his face, Michel has the ability to improvise. On this play, the guard blows his assignment and disruptive Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery comes barreling in untouched. Michel sees this, plants his right foot and absolutely explodes into the hole.

Michel’s awareness is also on display in pass protection where he shows not only solid technique but a real willingness to seek contact. On this play, Michel quickly identifies the blitzing linebacker and delivers a textbook cut block to keep the pocket clean.

With a decent skill set in the passing game already established, Michel has the natural footwork and awareness to develop into an even more talented route runner at the next level. In his TD reception at the Rose Bowl, he runs a clean route and is able to easily make the catch as he’s turning up-field into the end zone.

With Michel in the backfield, Bilal Powell would become much more expendable and could draw late round interest on day three of the draft. Michel and Eli McGuire would be a more than serviceable backfield for the Jets this coming season.

Carlton Davis – CB – Auburn

I have a feeling Todd Bowles is going to fall in love with the lengthy Davis. A true press man corner, Davis is the aggressive, confident player Bowles has largely lacked in his tenure as the Jets head coach.

Davis spent his career at Auburn shadowing the toughest receivers in the SEC, and his production was no joke. Over 37 career games Davis put up 136 tackles, 28 PD’s, four INT’s and three forced fumbles. One way or another, he found his way to the ball.

It’s hard to watch film of Davis without seeing him torment every receiver he comes face to face with. Any receiver planning to slow step their release will be completely engulfed by his physicality. Below, you see some of that aggression in full force. Georgia’s Javon Wims has about three inches and 15 pounds on him, but Davis still just manhandles him out of the play.

I would like to see Davis convert some of his PD’s into Picks but he still makes plays on any ball he can. For your viewing pleasure: here’s a collection of some of the more acrobatic PD’s of Davis’ career. (Notice how he’s draped right over the receiver at all times, he’s so damn sticky in bump and run.)

As you could see from his career stats, Davis is a willing a sure tackler in the run game. He brings the same aggressiveness to his tackling as he does with his press jams. He made great reads, took perfect angles and laid two absolute stamps onto Sony Michel.

Davis would add even more swagger into this young Jets secondary, and give Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye a strong outside press man that will only enhance their individual games further.

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