Texas Tech safety Cody Davis wrapped up his career in tremendous fashion, with 84 solo tackles and notching First-Team Academic and Second-Team All-Big 12 honors. A big, rangy safety prospect, Davis was invited, along with his QB Seth Doege, to the East/West Shrine All-Star game in recognition of his accomplishments. A productive, hard-working player, Davis is primed to make an impact on defense or special teams in the NFL. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for NFL Draft Zone.
Shaun DePasquale: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today Cody. Can you tell me where you’re training for the NFL Draft?
Cody Davis: I am training in Dallas at Geared4Speed. It is run by Melvin Bullitt and his dad Jerry.
SD: What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses (things you may need to work on)?
CD: I feel like my only weakness may be to over think or overanalyze. I think my strengths are being a smart, fast, and physical player that can be flexible on both defense at safety and on special teams.
SD: How do you feel your time at Texas Tech helped you prepare for the NFL?
CD: I think I am prepared to adapt to and learn different defensive/special team schemes fast. I am also prepared to play different positions and be a leader both on and off the field.
SD: What schemes/defenses do you feel you fit best?
CD: There is no specific scheme I feel like I am “best” at. I have earned the starting spot and excelled in 4-3, 4-2-5, and 3-4 defenses. I have played strong safety, free safety, right and left safety. I have also played kickoff coverage, punt coverage, punt return, and kickoff return.
SD: Have you received any feedback from NFL scouts?
CD: The common feedback about me is that they don’t know about my speed. However, I am always the first one to the ball and pride myself at always being around the ball. I look forward to surprising people with my speed at the regional combine and at my pro day.
SD: What active NFL player would you compare your skill set to?
CD: Troy Polamalu, because he is a strong tackling instinctive player who doesn’t play with an ego but just does his job to the best of his ability.
SD: What was the East/West Shrine All-Star experience like for you?
CD: It was an honor to play in the East West Shrine Game. It was a great experience to visit the Shriners Hospital for Children. It makes you realize how blessed you are and we just looked to give those kids hope and some fun away from their problems for a day. The game week was good to get in front of scouts and hopefully I made a good impression with my interviews. I had a good game playing safety and got to show I can play special teams also. I am very thankful for the opportunity to play the game.
SD: What has been your greatest accomplishment, athletically or personally?
CD: I think my greatest accomplishment has been the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award that I received in 2012. I was one of only fifteen student-athletes to be honored at the annual Hall of Fame dinner in New York in December. It is given to those who excel on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why?
CD: Jesus, my late grandfather, and General George Patton to learn about their lives and hear first hand their experiences.
SD: Give me the name of a teammate on Texas Tech that isn’t talked about nearly enough.
CD: Eric Stephens. He is an extremely hard, shifty, and creative running back who was on track to have an amazing career at Tech until he had an injury set back. He got back to full speed but was not used to his full potential because the coaches wanted to play the younger guys who they recruited. He proved himself in the NFLPA all star game and I can’t wait to see his future in the NFL.
SD: What message would you like to send to NFL teams about Cody Davis?
CD: I am ready to show them my speed, smarts, and reliable play on both defense and special teams. I am an extremely hard worker and great leader on and off the field. I may not have the flash and the hype of others, but I think my film and character speak for themselves.
SD: Last question, what would be your first purchase with an NFL paycheck?
CD: Well after I put as much as I can into savings, I will probably be spending my first paycheck on renting somewhere to live for me and my wife. We will be getting married April 6 of this year.
SD: Thank you so much for your time Cody. Good luck in your journey!