Ravens third-round defensive tackle Carl Davis has signed a four-year, $2.95 million contract that includes a $625,048 signing bonus, according to a source.
The Ravens now have just one unsigned rookie from their nine-player draft class: first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman.
Davis was an All-Big Ten Conference defensive lineman who was selected with the 90th overall selection.
Davis was widely projected to go much higher in the draft after excelling at the Senior Bowl all-star game.
"I definitely worked my tail off," Davis said following his first NFL practice during a rookie minicamp. "Whatever they feel is how they feel, and it’s my job to prove otherwise. I can’t worry about the past or whatever happened at Iowa. That’s done. I have a new opportunity. I’m here to wear a Ravens uniform and try to show them that I can do everything they want me to do.
Davis lined up at both interior defensive line positions during the minicamp.
“It has been fun, first day out here in practice just getting out there, going to work, and you start actually meeting people more so on the field," Davis said. "You start to get to know everybody’s names, they have the last names on the jersey, and talking to everybody. It was a good practice.
"I knew this was a tough program. I knew practice would be fast and high-tempo. We kind of ran practice like this at Iowa, so I knew it would be the same thing.”
Davis met with the Ravens at the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine.
Last season, Davis had 36 tackles, including nine for a loss, two sacks, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.07 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, had a 33-inch vertical leap and bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times.
Davis said he feels ready to contribute as a rookie.
"Definitely,I feel like I’m in that rotation," Davis said. "At Iowa, we ran a tough program similar style here, guys up in the middle eating up a lot of space, take on blocks, make sure you don’t get reached, it’s the man in the double-team, keep the linebackers clean. So, it seems like that’s similar here and the only difference is kind of a 3-4, hybrid front, but it’s great.”
Davis has long arms (34 5/8) and big hands (11 inches). He was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection.
Davis had 58 tackles, six sacks and two blocked field goals in high school as a senior. He also lettered in track and baseball.
Davis said he models his game after Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, one of the most aggressive players in the NFL.
"That’s a guy I always have watched his game since he was at Nebraska and watched him develop in the NFL," Davis said after the draft. "That’s somebody who I like his game and I’d like to take after.”
Davis is known for his toughness and power, but hasn't always sustained his effort throughout games and has drawn criticism for his intensity waning.
The Ravens lost a big piece of their defensive line when five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was traded to the Detroit Lions where he'll help replace Suh. With Ngata gone and Timmy Jernigan set to replace him, Davis is hoping to be a major part of filling the hole created by Ngata's departure.
"I just want to show that I’m a tough player, and I can get the job done," Davis said. "I know a lot of shoes to fill around here and they have some great tradition and great players, but I just want to show that I fit in.”