By now, you know who the St. Louis Rams drafted. But do you know who they didn’t draft, but did sign as an undrafted free agent?
That’d be former Texas Tech safety Cody Davis, the tackling machine that started for four years at safety, led the team in tackles his last two seasons and was second on the team the first two years.
Thirteen of his 101 tackles in 2012 came against West Virginia, and while he spoke quite loudly on the field that day, it was what he said off the field afterward that could not be ignored.
I usually don’t say anything bad about opponents, but this was by far the most cocky and arrogant team (ON THE FIELD) I have ever faced both watching film and in person. I’m not talking about off the field or their character, but how they play the game. I have played a lot of football too, so I think that says something. I might be wrong, but that’s how I saw it. Everyone has an attitude playing football, but it seemed to be more than that. From Eugene Smith not shaking hands at the coin toss and waving us off to Tavon Austin doing his strut after every single catch he made, they were all about Me, Myself, and I… but the best TEAM won the game.
Remember when WVU fans were just furious at Davis about that? Because they were.
St. Louis didn’t quite rush to pick Davis like it did for the strutting Tavon, but management was there at the end of the draft and ready to do what was needed to ink him to a contract — and Davis had a lot to do with that with some pro day and combine performances, to say nothing of his college career.
The Rams needs safeties. They drafted one and brought “no fewer than eight” to last weekend’s rookie mini-camp. Davis knows to make the team he’ll have to do something to distinguish himself, which, you know, seems to run counter to what he’s all about as a player.
“I’m the wrong guy to be asking,” Davis said. “I think I’m too bland, I don’t know. I might need to add some flash to my game or something.
“I just pride myself on being fundamentally sound, flying around to the ball, really having a nose for the ball and making the tackle. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t have to be a knockout hit all the time, as long as you get the guy down.”
Maybe he needs a publicist. Or a signature celebration dance.
“I guess I’m gonna have to celebrate more,” Davis said in a soft-spoken Texas drawl. “I’m kinda known for not celebrating, just making the play and walking off.”
Good think he has Tavon there to help.