All Eyes On You: Vontae Davis

Illinois’ Vontae Davis tackles Wisconin’s Andy Crooks as he makes a reception during the first half of a football game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, in Madison, Wis. The play set up a Wisconsin field goal in Wisconsin’s 30-24 win. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Back in 2009, A CB from the University of Illinois was drafted in the 1st round by the Miami Dolphins that went by the name of Vontae Davis.

Davis ended up getting traded to the Colts in 2012 and it was one of the first moves made by former GM Ryan Grigson. Since 2012, Davis has recorded 13 interceptions and 194 tackles. Now entering into his final year of his deal, Davis has to prove Colts GM Chris Ballard that he is here to stay as a Indianapolis Colt. By looking at his numbers from last season, he has a lot to prove.

In 2016, Davis only recorded one interception with 10 passes deflected. Comparing this to his 2015 and 2014 seasons, Davis did not perform up to his expectations. In 2014 and 2015 Davis recorded 4 interceptions in each season along with 18 and 16 passes deflected. Entering the 2017 season at the age of 29, Davis is very important to keep around for the future. I wouldn’t label Davis as a elite corner, but he is a corner that you can’t afford to lose especially when the colts defense is going through a small rebuild.

Photo by Angie Six

What can we expect from Davis? By going through his social media, Davis has been working extremely hard to get into better shape for the season. Last year, he missed a couple games due to a groin injury. If Davis took good care of his body this off-season, we should expect him to play all 16 games this year. In each of his 8 seasons, Davis has not recorded 5 or more Interceptions in a season. I think this will be the year that he will record 5 or more interceptions. My predictions for Davis are 6 interceptions, 19 passes deflected, 36 tackles and a new contract! If he doesn’t perform to Ballard’s expectations, most likely he will be finding a new home.