Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jon Davidson, DB, Idaho State
Jon Davidson had to play against some studs his Senior year in Zach Bauman, Joe Don Duncan and Vernon Adams, and Davidson held his own. He is a very hard hitting defensive back with speed and great size. Davidson is a tough player and played very well against some very solid talent.
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school? Where did you choose and why?
I was originally planning on walking on at Oregon State and playing for a Pac 12 program, but I decided to transfer to Idaho State because they were the only school out of high school that really recruited and offered me a full scholarship and I felt I could go in and compete for playing time right away.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
Yes, I met with scouts (Raiders, Giants, Chargers, and a few other teams) in the off-season and they liked my size and length for the position. My coaches have also talked to scouts throughout the season specifically about me.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
My unique combination of size/length and speed/quickness separates me from other defensive backs. I have the size to match up against bigger, more physical receivers, and have the speed and quickness to stick smaller, shiftier receivers.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
I look for tendencies on down and distances, and study route combinations based on formations and splits to help me get pre-snap reads and diagnose plays.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Kasen Williams (WR) from the University of Washington.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Antrel Rolle. We both have good size for the position, good speed, and smooth movement skills. Like Rolle, I can also play corner, nickel, or safety.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle in life was moving out of state to attend school on my own. I overcame it by understanding that I was now responsible for myself and that it was up to me to be successful.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I’m a very versatile player that can play any position in the secondary, and I feel I can thrive in any system. However, with my ability to play on the outside, in the slot, or at safety, my style fits systems that play a lot of man coverage.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my raw athletic ability and high ceiling. I’m only beginning to scratch the surface of what I capable of.
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is that I’m from an FCS school, but I know I can compete with the best and my film has shown it.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I have the size, speed, and versatility to play any position in the secondary. I am also very coachable and determined to be successful.
Growing up, who was your role model?
Growing up, my role model was my father. He helped me understand the importance of confidence and mental toughness that I still carry with me to this day.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
I grew up a Lions fan because my father is from Detroit. My favorite player was Sean Taylor because he was a playmaker who could hit and cover like no safety I’ve ever seen.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
The most tragic event in my life was the death of my grandmother. She was the closest member of my extended family, and I overcame it as my parents explained to me that death is a part of life, and that the best way to deal with it is to keep her memory alive.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Jesus Christ, Mike Krzyzewski, and Sean Taylor.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
I would buy my parents a gift to show my appreciation for all they have done for me