The Buccaneer defensive backs came to life during the second half of last season’s Super Bowl run. One defender stood out more than others: 2017 2nd round selection, Carlton Davis III. The fourth-year pro really showed his potential during last season, recording 4 INTs, 18 Pass Def, along with 68 tackles, including his 22 tackles and 3 Pass Def during the playoffs. For a secondary that seemed to struggle for the first part of the season, they definitely seemed to gel at the right time.
Considering Davis was originally slated to play back up to former players such as Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes, injuries and poor play lead to Davis getting an opportunity as a rookie that began with struggles as a rookie. He has turned into a top-tier CB1 capable of silencing any WR1 in the league. Just ask Michael Thomas.
Davis, who was on the field for 85% of the team’s snaps last season, was targeted 105 times by opposing QBs and managed to hold them to an 87.6 rating while allowing 5 TDs and allowing only 61% of the passes to be completed. Now, those numbers may not jump off the stat sheet to most. But 37 passes defended with 5 INTs in the last year has shown that Davis is definitely going to have a big payday if the Bucs wait too long when it comes to a contract extension. But is Davis elite?
If Davis continues his upward trajectory with another 19 passes defended and 4 INT season, not only will he easily enter that ‘elite’ category, but he’ll easily be one of the highest-paid corners in the NFL.