Breaking Down Carlton Davis

May 2nd, 2018

Strong fundamentals.

Joe understands a lot of Bucs fans are fretting over the second-round selection of Carlton Davis, a corner from Auburn.

There were options in the draft to take better-known names and perhaps, higher-ranked corners. But for the fans nervous that the Bucs didn’t get the right corner in Davis, let Brian Baldinger put you at ease.

Baldinger, who works for the NFL Network and played 12 years as an NFL offensive lineman, monitored tape of Davis and came away impressed.

In the video below, Baldinger explains how Davis has sound fundamentals and how he believes Davis had the foundation to be a very productive NFL corner.

72 Responses to “Breaking Down Carlton Davis”

  1. lokog Says:

    i really hope those corners pan out kuz they will throw all over us.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I wanted the cornerback from Iowa, but this guy is good too, and a certain upgrade from what we had.

  3. J 2.0 Says:

    As a lifelong Auburn fan, I can assure you this is a great pick. Kid is a stud and if they keep him in zone he will be a great player.

  4. AlteredEgo Says:

    DL and pass rush upgrade will make back end look better,even with last years crew….of course there is new talent….can someone explain the complications and details of Eric Reid and why he is still on the FA market…..

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    davis was a great pick…as was MJ…..looks good in man coverage….hopefully he can play smittys soft coverage…..its been known to doom young cb’s…..


  6. AlteredEgo Says:

    813….Smittys soft coverage…chicken or the egg… pass rush..DB’s HAVE to get everything in front of them

  7. TX Stick Carrier Says:

    AE Reid filed a collusion grievance against the NFL according to BSPN. Same Lawyer/complaint as Kapernick. Not sure that will help his chances of getting signed.

  8. 813bucboi Says:


    he’s being black balled by the nfl…..but the nfl will lead folks to believe he’s not good just like kaep even tho reid was a former first round pick and has a pro bowl under his belt…..sad when a man cant stand up for what he believes in…..


  9. Lamarcus Says:

    Pipe dream Joe

    The staff can’t develop anyone. So his best days are behind him

  10. Bird Says:

    Carlton Davis pick was not the one people are worried about

    Think it is more the MJ Stewart pick

  11. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    If he gets good coaching he will be an all pro corner for bucs in next 3-4 years

  12. Bird Says:

    J 2.0

    THAnks for the heads up. Didn’t get to watch much of auburn games so good to hear. Chris Simms is a bit of a homer for bucs but commented he could be one of biggest sleepers in draft. kiper had in 1st round at one point as well

  13. DB55 Says:

    can someone explain the complications and details of Eric Reid and why he is still on the FA market….
    M A G A

  14. teacherman777 Says:

    Somebody measure his wingspan like they do in the NBA.

    I swear he has a 6-4 or 6-5 wingspan!

    Bet on it!

    War Eagle!!

    Alumni 2006. I met Caddy twice. He had magical green eyes and a blessed aura. I swear he was like an Angel!!

  15. Destinjohnny Says:

    As a lifelong bAma fan I can also assure he is a badass.

  16. AlteredEgo Says:

    teach…I’ve been a Buc fan since walking into the first preseason …I am not a jersey guy …I do have one….and it is a Carnell Williams…hoping #22 is as good and can stay healthy

  17. Cover Deuce Says:

    If this kid can clean up his technique, the sky is the limit. He reminds me quite a bit of Talib.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    But….can he punt?

  19. passthebuc Says:


    Standing up for what one believes in is his right as an american citizen. However when you are paid to play and to entertain the fans, his right in that venue is subject to the whims of the owner, the fans and the advertisers.
    What do you think would happen if he worked for Morgan Stanley and every client to whom he spoke, his topic of conversation was the rights of under privileged blacks. A. he would be fired at once and B. no one in the industry would hire him once the word got around.
    Ck said he will not stop demonstrating during the football games.
    CK can continue to stand up for what he believes, but what you are saying is that there should be no consequences.

  20. SCBucsFan Says:

    TBBF why?

  21. 813bucboi Says:


    we’ll see….smitty has all the tools now….he has talented pieces and depth…..we’re going to find out very soon if it was the scheme or players……cant wait


  22. JimmyJack Says:

    People don’t support our picks(players) and they aren’t never taken one snap in the NFL before. Get over yourselves. They are Buccaneers, deal with it.

  23. Jjones Says:

    Love the Davis signing!

    I’d love to grab Eric Reid then cut Sweezy and free up some cash.

  24. AlteredEgo Says:

    813….”Smitty” knows more defensive football than I ever want to understand….he sure knew what to call that National TV game Bucs vs Falcons ….55 to nothing at some point….Lovie

  25. 813bucboi Says:


    if the nfl is about entertainment, then why have the anthem?…..what entertainment does that provide?….none what so ever… don’t buy jerseys, beer, season tickets and tail gate for hours to see who singing the anthem…….

    if he worked for Morgan Stanley and clients asked him his thoughts on the subject or the subject came up in a conversation, then he has the right to voice his opinion…..if the company fired him because he answered a question or made a comment about a that subject then Morgan Stanley would be facing a huge lawsuit….lol….

    so you prove my point….if a black man stands up for what he believes in, especially racial injustice then he should be fired or black balled once word got around……and that is just sad……

    folks can openly talk about and have peaceful protest regarding gun violence in public schools and that’s excepted but folks cant talk about or have a peaceful protest about racial injustice……it makes no sense….theres no difference….both parties have innocent unarmed people being murdered….the problem is some folks care about both parties and some folks only care about 1party…..

    if you aint part of the solution, then your part of the problem…..


  26. Greecosuave Says:

    Ask the Coaching staff why they can’t develope CBS and then I’ll ask why I should buy ticke and gear. This staff made the choice of keeping the coaches from loyalty not production. Just saying these points should be recognized.

    In saying that I hope we find a solid group of DB’s. I like the new additions and think VH can develope to what we want.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    These players trying to use gameday time to push their views on racism are an absolute distraction. There isn’t any team who wants their team distracted on gameday.

    The manner and timing of which these players choose to do their protesting is destructive. It is/was very poorly though out by these players. They made a horrible decision with how and when they protest and now they are paying the price.

    Colin K is not backing off his stance and is not getting a job in the league. Eric Reid has backed off his stance and now will have to work for a smaller wage with no guarantees. They chose to hurt their teams and now they have to pay the consequences.

    Very simple

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    Greecosuave……Quite a few believe our coaching staff cannot develope Corners. It will be very interesting to see if that theory is right or wrong. They have plenty of young corners now, 5. This is the year they either prove they can develope CBs or not.

  29. AlteredEgo Says:

    JJ coaches don’t develop NFL player except practice squad types….in the NFL there is a system philosophy on both sides of the ball….either you can fit in and play or you are gone….ain’t no developing

  30. Dapostman Says:


    Protest on your own time not mine. Especially when I am shelling out big bucks to be entertained about FOOTBALL not your particular political views. Simple as that.

  31. webster Says:

    I was in a irish bar monday night for the lightning game. Not one non person of color stood or stopped talking while the national anthem was blarring through the bar. But sure lets pretend its our patriotic duty to stand for the anthem. Some people just hate hearing the truth and thats why these players were villified. Get over yourselves.

  32. Joe Says:

    JJ coaches don’t develop NFL player except practice squad types…

    Joe has read some ridiculous statents in his life but this is right up there.

  33. AlteredEgo Says:

    admin Says:
    May 2nd, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    JJ coaches don’t develop NFL player except practice squad types…

    Joe has read some ridiculous statents in his life but this is right up there.

    somewhere behind touting Johnny Manziel incessantly

  34. 813bucboi Says:

    distraction?…lol…the only people it distracted was folks that don’t believe in the cause…..the eagles had many players kneeling and raising a fist?….did it distract them from achieving the goal?….no…if anything it brought the together and made them closer…..

    if players starting protesting during the anthem about gun violence in public schools everyone would support that….no one would get black balled…..

    the reason why them choose game day is because that’s the biggest stage…..very smart indeed….fans don’t go to practices so they wouldn’t be able to get the message out that way… media can be easily manipulated by hackers… many local news reports or news stations would allow nfl players to talk about racial injustice?…not many….not any….if its not about football or something that is embarrassing the media don’t care……

    so your resolution is bit your tongue and you’ll have a job vs being a man, speak what you believe but be black balled and discriminated against……ok got it…..

    if you aint part of the solution, then your part of the problem…..


  35. Joe Says:

    somewhere behind touting Johnny Manziel incessantly

    Guess you don’t think much of successful NFL suits either (Bill Polian, Gil Brandt)

    LOVE Johnny!

  36. 813bucboi Says:


    its their time too!!!!….they put they bodies on the line for your entertainment…..and you cant take 5 minutes to respect their views…..or respect them as man……but you’ll spend 3hours watching them fly around like human missiles…..ok got it…..

    your another who proves me right… don’t care because racial injustice don’t effect you, your family or anyone you love… could care less…..and I bet your the same type of person that thinks racism is dead….lol….uneducated and foolish……

    if you aint part of the solution, then your part of the problem…..


  37. Nick2 Says:

    A good work aquaintance of mine used to play DE at Auburn and follows them religiously. He told me this guy is the real deal. He’s certain hes an outside corner and he was used by Auburn to cover the best receiver on the field. The more tape i watched of him this guy continues to blanket recievers. This will be our next starting cornerback opposite Brent Grimes hopefully. Hes big and can cover. I am totally on board with this pick.

  38. Dapostman Says:


    It’s their time too? What a ridiculous statement. First off you don’t know me so to say anything personal is another asinine statement on your part. I don’t prove you right. Like I said I’M the ONE shelling out BIG Bucks to watch FOOTBALL. If YOU want to protest do it on YOUR time. I have no problem with these guys protesting. ON THEIR TIME. I’m done with this discussion because it’s pointless to have one with a know it all like yourself who seems to know what every other person thinks or feels.

  39. BringBucsBack Says:

    Pass the Buc, if any Stanley Morgan employee deviated much in conversation from his sales topic, regardless of the topic, he might possibly be jeopardizing his job.

    Talking politics these days is akin to talking religion and is frowned upon in ANY workplace. However, talking is not the job of an NFL player. His job in no way is adversely affected by a PEACEFUL & SILENT protest and therefore should not be in jeopardy.

    Conversely, These financial institutions are woven into the fabric of American capitalism. They don’t need a platform. The NFL game day is the perfect, and for most players, the ONLY platform. The chaps at S.M. and many citizens across the U.S. have no idea what brown/ black Americans experience on a day to day basis. They need to hear what minorities have to say because, some of them will never hold their ear to the ground.

    “White people need to become more uncomfortable.”
    -Popovich (Spurs coach)

  40. Casey Morgan Says:

    Nick2– you can’t comment on Davis and his ability to play football here. We are supposed to use this forum to talk racism…

  41. 813bucboi Says:


    hatrick’s?….I know how they roll


  42. brooks55hof Says:

    @dapostman – You are 100% correct, I’m with you. And judging from the TV ratings last year – so are many others. The NFL Executives are clueless as to why the ratings are down, a collection of fools. Let those bums protest their paychecks and keep politics out of the NFL.

  43. 813bucboi Says:


    I don’t know you, but from your comments, I know enough to know what side on the fence you stand on….you could care less about the situation because it doesn’t effect you…..I see you didn’t deny that!!!!!!….

    I shell out $$$$$BIG BUCKS$$$$ too!!!!!….im a season ticket holder….thousands of dollars worth of bucs gear…..I don’t mind seeing players fight for a just cause….ITS MY TIME TOO RIGHT…….

    just because you spend money on the bucs doesn’t mean you can control what a player should and shouldn’t do……that’s an asinine statement…lol….don’t like kneelers go watch hockey…..plenty of supporters will fill up the stadium…..

    if you aint part of the solution, then your part of the problem…..


  44. hfxbuc Says:

    Greg Cosell (Via the RT Podcast) love Davis as well. Loves him.

  45. Pickgrin Says:

    Baldinger getting very excited seeing that Hip Flip.

    That sounds kinda naughty for some reason…

  46. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    MJ stewart is the pick I am more worried about honeslty.

  47. since1976GoBucs Says:

    Do some research on the subject of not standing for the National Anthem and you will find out that indeed it started at football games , but that was in the late 60’s when the almost exclusively caucasian fans refused to stand to protest the Vietnam war. Funny how no one ever mentions that. As Americans we are guaranteed the right to peaceful protest by the Constitution , but we also have to be willing to deal with the consequences of those protestations (whether those consequences are justly deserved or unfairly meted out). I applaud the man who has the courage of his convictions to protest. I laugh at those that say they will boycott the NFL , and I tell them go ahead and boycott , because nothing is bigger than the game. When you have an unabashed racist as POTUS you will undoubtedly see more racism from the populace as they feel emboldened by their leader.

  48. destinjohnny Says:

    I have 68 stamps on my passport. Trust me , if you were born here you should be beyond thankful. Our forefathers weren’t perfect but holy crap, did they give us the gift of freedom and prosperity.

    now back to the show.
    this kid is a baller man. he might not run a 4’3 forty but his heart, desire and mental makeup run a 4’1 forty.

  49. webster Says:

    I like how people point to nfl ratings decline as if kneelers was the only reason for the decline. They omit that the nfl was still the highest rated program on tv by a wide margin. They also omit that all tv stations saw a decline in viewership because many americans do not have cable any more. They stream their tv ala hulu, netflix etc. Why do you think you can just purchase hbo by itself? Because GOT was losing viewers. Why do you think the nfl was in talks with facebook trying to come up with some streaming option. Why do you think you can watch nba and you tube struck a deal in order for those who do not have cable can watch games on you tube. This whole notion the nfl is losing viewers because of kneelers is false. Its because the nature of 2018 and streamers. Some do not want to know the truth.

  50. JimmyJack Says:

    It is a distraction. It’s the biggest distraction in the league. Not sure which NFL you have been following. And what’s causing this distraction is happening just before kickoff making it worse. It’s not necessary to bring that stuff to the field. That’s not what any owner or GM want their team players to be focused on minutes before the game.

  51. Dewey Selmon Says:

    1976, you talking about 50 years ago. and you wonder why no one brings it up. lol most people on this board weren’t born yet. Not even Bucco Bruce.

  52. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    His only issues is timing jump balls properly. That skill can be refined and will lead to a really good corner. I love this pick!

    Hopefully MJ can help in nickel coverages since teams use 3 and 4 wr’s all the time now.

  53. since1976GoBucs Says:

    Sorry Dewey , to expect someone to actually educate themselves on the history of something before they spew out like a shaken soda can is a little bit too much to expect , you are right. I now realize that , thank you for bringing me back to the reality of our disposable instant gratification based culture.

  54. AlteredEgo Says:

    Dewey does math….1976 ????…oh you mean a long time ago before you were born but know what you’ve been told…

  55. Bucnjim Says:

    Freedom of speech is EVERY persons right. Consequences are EVERYONE else’s right! If you scream for animal rights at a butcher shop guess what? Fired! If you hate what the anthem stands for but 75% of your paying customer loves and respects what it stands for guess what? You are FIRED! Besides the fact that there are several times right before and after games that would work just as well or even better. Get in a huddle and kneel as a team before kickoff.

  56. passthebuc Says:

    @BringBucsBack Says: + 813

    What they have done is not standing up for their cause. What they said is, I have a venue and I will take advantage of it as long as it does not cause me a paycheck.
    If they had guts, they would not play and be standing outside the stadium in full uniform with signs reading “I will not play as long as I perceive an injustice”
    Sorry, I have no pity for someone that says I want my cake and eat it too”
    Regarding the problem, if anyone, black, white, blue or green is preyed upon then the sh** should hit the fan. conversely, if you ask me to stand up for someone with a rap sheet 10 pages long, not happening.
    I would guess you are much younger than I, have not been where i have been nor seen what I have seen. 40 years ago I could not find good basketball in white neighborhoods. I traveled 20+ states and spent many a night in East St. Louis playing hoops. Its not that I was the only white guy on the courts, I was the only white guy in East St. L. Did I ever have problems. Yes, when I would lay out someone with an block, but that was court retaliation and never carried further than the court. You really want to bitch at the whites, tell them to stop with all the Adc, subsidies and other so called entitlements that keep the black population enslaved.

  57. Joel Says:

    This is our best pick of the draft. Sorry, haters. Vea is good but Davis will start week 1 and make a big difference.

  58. AlteredEgo Says:

    “What they have done is not standing up for their cause.”…problem is they have not explained exactly what their cause is….

  59. BucEmUp Says:

    Who wants to bet he’s playing 8-10 yards off when he’s on the field for Smitty?


  60. JimmyJack Says:

    Bucnjim you said that very well. Spot on.

  61. since1976GoBucs Says:

    BucnJim- Freedom of thought , Freedom of speech , Freedom of Religion , Freedom of self expression are the things my father fought for against the nazis in WWII . You cannot dictate to any individual when or where they can exercise those rights. Altered- kaep emphatically stated back in August of 2016 he was demonstrating against the oppression of minorities. Passthebuc- Subsidies and entitlements do not enslave anyone , but the lack of a equal education certainly does. The very wealthy in our country receive far more entitlements and subsidies than all the poor do added together.

  62. Wait What Says:

    Question for these people against the protests.

    How does them kneeling during the national anthem personally affect you? Where is the taking your time up? It’s done during something that is going to happen anyways?

    It doesn’t stop/delay the game. It doesn’t add onto the length of the anthem.

    Why does it bother you? If the NFL owners lose money I get why they’re upset. But all the fans who are upset, why?

    They’re protesting something they believe, they didn’t attack you personally, they didn’t attack the U.S. itself.

    They protest in silence, during an anthem and are asked questions about it post game. Why are you so offended? Ignore it if you don’t care, don’t watch the anthem, don’t watch the interviews.

    I’m just curious why you guys really care so much.

  63. 813bucboi Says:


    the stadium is half of platform…..these same players that protest are the same players that hold neighborhood meetings about this subject…..they hold meetings with police departments all across the nation……but you and others are too blind to see that because a.) it aint happening in your neighborhood b.) injustice isn’t effecting you and c.) because its being done “on their own time” which goes unnoticed by folks like yourself who don’t mind protest but don’t want to see or hear about it…….which makes no sense…..

    i wont b!tch to whites about nothing……its America… of the free…..i do wish whites would stop all the mass murders at schools, churches, concerts along with oppressing black people…..but that wishful thinking….

    if you aint part of the solution, then your part of the problem…..


  64. 813bucboi Says:


    there protesting(stand up for) social injustice……which was explained day1… it… may learn something…..

    if you aint part of the solution, then your part of the problem…..


  65. webster Says:

    If 75% of the customers are upset with the protest then how come none of the 40 people or so of non color did not stand or stop talking during the anthem at the irish bar i was at for the lightning game? 75%? Is that those alternative facts i’ve been hearing about?

  66. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    For me this is not a free speech issue…..this is a workplace expression issue.

    Everyone should be permitted to exercise free speech….but employers have the right to set rules in the workplace.

    Because NFL players are like stars….many forget that they are employees subject to the rues of their employers just like you and I.

    If the NFL & Teams don’t choose to set rules on this behavior then they are permitting it to take place and that is what is happening.

    Keep in mind that the Owners, NFL & Players are paid by the viewing public in one form or fashion…’s free enterprise. The fans/viewers can react any way they wish.

    While I don’t think it’s a good idea to upset your customers, it won’t be the first time it’s happened.

  67. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Very interesting subject but not inclusive of everyone’s opinion l

  68. since1976GoBucs Says:

    “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

    “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition…

    TampabayBucFan is on point. The above is from the NFL operations manual and the word should is not remotely the same as the word must. So there is no NFL prohibition from kneeling. One owner , the erstwhile Jerruh Jones said he would bench any player that did not stand , but no other owner has made any threat of retribution for not standing. So the bottom line is that now Eric Reid has joined Colin Kaepernick in his collusion lawsuit against the NFL for blackballing players that protested , and I believe there case certainly has merit as does the NFLPA. Stand up to the man as long as you can , but if you should fall , you have not lost all , because your brother will be there to carry the ball.

  69. BigMacAttack Says:

    The talking heads often put too much stock in Combine numbers. Licht said he’s a film guy and Davis puts it on tape. Good pick.

  70. Jacko101 Says:

    Carlton wasn’t my worry pick, MJ Stewart was/is

  71. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Well Dapost, if they do it on their own time nobody notices. But hey, the idiot in chief went all redneck at a rally in AL and decided to play up racism and you guys fall in lock step with your boy.

  72. THETRUTH Says:

    Now if he can learn to play 15 yards off the ball and react after the catch is made as our corners are taught to play