The Bengals use their second pick in the sixth round to take linebacker Deshaun Davis out of Auburn.
It isn’t surprising to see the Bengals double up on linebacker in the draft. It was the biggest need coming into the draft. Davis’ biggest impact his rookie year will probably be on special teams.
The Bengals have had a very active Day 3 of the draft. They traded up twice in the fourth round by using their fifth round pick and three of their six sixth round picks. So far, they’ve used Day 3 to add a backup quarterback, defensive tackle, interior offensive lineman and running back. All of those were positions where the Bengals desperately need developmental players and added depth.
Davis adds depth to linebacker, and he is probably going to be a big time special team player. He wasn’t known for being a very good in coverage, but he is a great tackler and at getting through blocks. As far as sixth round picks go, the Bengals could do far worse. could do far worse.
Deshaun Davis’ road to the pros ended on Saturday, when the former Auburn linebacker was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals
Davis heard his name called on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, with the Bengals choosing him in the sixth round with the 210th overall pick in the draft. Davis was the fourth Auburn player to be selected in this year’s draft, behind cornerback Jamel Dean (third round to Tampa Bay), quarterback Jarrett Stidham (fourth round to New England) and receiver Darius Slayton (fifth round to the New York Giants).
He is just the second former Auburn linebacker to be drafted since 2007 and the first Auburn linebacker since Corey Lemonier was picked in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
For Davis, hearing his name called Saturday was the culmination of a winding, at times unlikely, road to the NFL.
When he was 12 years old, he was kicked out of school after getting into a fight — prompting his homeroom teacher to tell Davis’ mother to her face that she did a poor job raising him. After Davis got to high school at Vigor, he took football more seriously at the behest of his coach, Kerry Stevenson, and then transformed into an All-State player as a sophomore, albeit an undersized and under-recruited linebacker prospect.