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2020 NFL Draft: Nebraska Defensive Lineman Carlos Davis Goes to Steelers with the 232nd Pick

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Steel City gets a steely lineman

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Check out Carlos’ draft profile here.

Carlos Davis is headed to the Pittsburgh Steelers after being selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

Carlos was a starter on the Husker defensive line as a sophomore and again as a senior. Like his brother, Khalil, he also excelled for Nebraska throwing discus in track and field. Carlos was a four year letterwinner in both sports. He was an All-Big Ten (honorable mention) selection in football in 2018, despite not being a starter that year. He was also an All-American in track and field in 2019 (2nd team) and 2018 (honorable mention). He has also been mentioned as a positive and well-respected guy in the locker room.

His twin brother Khalil generally received more positive press as an NFL prospect, but Carlos brings the same type of athleticism as Khalil.

He was recruited by one head coach (Pelini) but played for two others (Riley and Frost). The defensive coordinators and defensive line coaches he played for in five years as a Husker:

  • 2015 (redshirt). Defensive coordinator - Mark Banker; Defensive line coach - Hank Hughes
  • 2016 (r-freshman). DC - Mark Banker; DL coach - John Parella
  • 2017 (sophomore). DC - Bob Diaco; DL - John Parella
  • 2018 (junior). DC - Erik Chinander; DL - Mike Dawson
  • 2019 (senior). DC - Erik Chinander; DL - Tony Tuioti

That is three different defensive coordinators and four different line coaches. Khalil Davis has never played for the same combination of DC and DL coach any year at Nebraska.

So, Steelers Fans, What Are You Getting?

C Davis has been a prominent part of the Husker defensive line for most of his time at Nebraska and has played in every game except one (a slight injury his senior season) during four years. That is the very definition of durability.

His testing numbers at the NFL combine may not have been quite as eye-popping as Khalil’s but they are still damned impressive for a big guy. He has the athleticism to thrive as a developmental prospect for a team that can provide some stability in coaching.

As mentioned previously, he is mentioned as being well-liked and well-respected in the locker room, so there shouldn’t be any concerns about his fit with a team’s culture.

We here at Corn Nation wish Carlos the best as he starts his pro career.