MOBILE, AL (WBRC) - Playing in the Senior Bowl in his hometown of Mobile while wearing his Auburn football helmet for the last time is something Deshaun Davis can’t put into words.
“To finish my college career in front of family and friends, the community, and friends, I can’t put it into words. Growing up in Mobile, I want to put a show on for them on Saturday," said Davis, a former Vigor High School football star.
The Auburn linebacker, who received a late invite to play in the Senior Bowl, says he has a lot to prove to NFL Scouts in this week-long interview process, especially how he moves in space.
“The big question mark is my cover skills. I’m not shying away from that. I know it’s going to be a challenge so when I go to 1-on-1s, 7-on-7 drills, I have to have the ability to move in space, make those solo tackles because those are the money plays for me right now. My role at Auburn was different, so I have to show them I can move in space," Davis said.
Davis knows he’s undersized but he’s hoping to catch at least one team’s eye this week. Davis has dropped 15 pounds since the Tigers' bowl game in December.
“There’s no pressure, I’m in my hometown, playing a game that I love, I’m not going to back down, I’m here to accept the challenge,” said Davis.
Davis grew up watching the NFL, but didn’t comment on who he cheers for on Sunday.
“I don’t know if I can answer that, someone might not take me," Davis joked.
The Senior Bowl is Davis' first of three chances to prove to scouts he’s more than a run-stopping linebacker. He will also participate in the NFL Combine, and Auburn’s Pro Day.
Kickoff for the 70th Senior Bowl in Mobile is 1:30 p/m.