The New England Patriots and rookie free agent defensive lineman Keionta Davis forged a contract deal.
The New England Patriots announced the signing of rookie free agent defensive lineman Keionta Davis on Friday, August 11. The defending Super Bowl champions also waived rookie defensive back Dwayne Thomas.
The 23-year-old, 6-foot-4, 260-pounds had 31 sacks during his college career at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. During his senior season with the Tennessee-Chattanooga, Davis had 10.5 sacks and 44 tackles, earning his first-team All-American honors.
Dwayne Thomas, on the other side of the ball, signed wit the the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Louisiana State on May 5, 2017. He had a career-best 42 tackles, eight passes defended and an interception during his senior season at Louisiana State University in 2016. Thomas played as both a cornerback and a nickel defensive back throughout his college career.
The Patriots have long interest in Davis and the award winning head coach Bill Belichick flew to Chattanooga to have a private workout with Davis prior to the 2017 NFL Draft process, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
However, a swelling disk in his back stopped the teams in the league from drafting him.
Davis’ strengths include a good build in his lower part of his body and upper body strength to create partition with arm extension, according to his NFL.com profile. Davis weaknesses, meanwhile, include lacking flexibility in his lower body and a lack of transverse. The NFL draft profile projected him as a sixth or seventh round draft pick.