Mel Kiper Jr. liked what he saw from Sean Davis in Indianapolis.

The versatile Maryland defensive back was one of the top overall performers at the NFL Scouting Combine. Finishing in the top 10 among defensive backs in six of the seven metrics certainly helped his draft stock.

  • 40: 4.46 seconds, t-10th
  • Bench press: 21, second
  • Vertical jump: 37 1/2 inches, t-10th
  • Broad jump: 126 inches, t-eighth
  • 3-cone drill: 6.64 seconds, second
  • 20-yard shuttle: 3.97 seconds, t-fourth
  • 60-yard shuttle: 11.53 seconds, t-12th

Kiper, who admittedly doesn’t like to get too caught up in combine numbers, couldn’t help but notice Davis’ day.

“Six-one with length, great 10-yard time, ran 4.46, 21 reps, 37.5 vertical, 10’6” broad, great short shuttle and three-cone…I love his aggressiveness at Maryland. They moved him around,” Kiper said on his First Draft podcast. “I think with his versatility, with his aggressive qualities, solid player since he stepped on the field at Maryland, I’d take Sean Davis in the third round.”

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Davis has been projected by many as a possible fourth- or fifth-round prospect, but his combine performance certainly could move him into the Day 2 mix.

Kiper actually took his praise a step further. In his ranking of the top 10 prospects by position, he put Davis at the No. 4 spot behind Duke’s Jeremy Cash, who was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation’s top defensive back.

Why is that significant?

Davis didn’t even crack Kiper’s top 10 safeties in January.

It certainly appears that Davis is trending in the right direction before his Pro Day on March 30.