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The Houston Texans didn’t waste much time when signing Ja’Gared Davis. Davis from Southern Methodist is not short on honors. He was named a First Team All-Conference USA pick in his senior season, where he amassed 71 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 fumbles, and 2 interceptions in his final year as a Mustang. Despite the fact that Defensive End Margus Hunt received the majority of the hype, Ja’Gared may prove to be the best Southern Methodist defender to come out of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has a chip on his shoulder, and as of right now he is third on the depth chart in Houston behind starters Brian Cushing and Darryl Sharpton. Ja’Gared took the time to sit down with Shaun DePasquale of NFL Draft Zone, check out his interview here:
Shaun DePasquale: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today Ja’Gared. Can you tell me where you trained for the NFL Draft?
Ja’Gared Davis: I trained at Southern Methodist University so I can finish up school.
SD: What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses (things you may need to work on)?
JD: Strengths are my speed, acceleration, tackling ability, instincts, pass rush, my biggest weakness I would say pass coverage.
SD: How do you feel your time at Southern Methodist University helped you prepare for the NFL?
JD: SMU helped me prepare on a mental aspect, and mature as a man.
SD: What kind of defensive scheme do you feel best fits your talents?
JD: Right now I would say a 3-4 because that’s the type of scheme I’ve played in over the past 6 years and the one I feel most comfortable with, but I’m sure playing in a 4-3 would be fun as well.
SD: What active NFL player would you compare your skillset to?
JD: Honestly I don’t know, I’ll let you be the judge of that.
SD: What has been your greatest accomplishment, athletically or personally ?
JD: I would have to say help take SMU 4 straight bowl games and winning 3 of them, but personally will be when I graduate from SMU this May.
SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why?
JD: Good question… I would have to say Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, and Ernie Davis. Lawrence Taylor because in my eyes he is the greatest linebacker of all time, and the player I would love to even come close to one day. Ray Lewis because I want to pick his brain, I want to play with the passion he has, and gain all the knowledge about the game. Ernie Davis because I have so much respect for him and I would like to just talk and hear everything he had endured during his lifetime.
SD: What player growing up did you most admire and model your game after?
JD: That’s easy…Lawrence Taylor, because I loved how the game feared him, respected him, and how he couldn’t be stopped no matter what they through at him. His relentless and aggressive style of play.
SD: Give me the name of a teammate on Southern Methodist that isn’t talked about nearly enough.
JD: I would have to say the whole team in general, because there is not one individual on the team, and the Big East better watch out for the Mustangs.
SD: Last question, what would be your first purchase with an NFL paycheck?
JD: Get my mother whatever she wants, cause she is the reason I am the man I am today.
SD: Thank you so much for your time Ja’Gared. Good luck in your journey!
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