Believing he would go somewhere between the late first round and early second round, Carl Davis is extremely upset about falling to No. 90 overall on Friday night.
"It's ridiculous. ... I'm so motivated right now because I was expecting to go somewhere," Davis said on a conference call with Baltimore reporters. "I feel like I'm one of the best defensive tackles in this year's draft. I've seen a lot guys that got picked ahead of me, and that's a chip on my shoulder. When I got a chip on my shoulder, there's nobody that can stop me. I feel like I'm that much of a dominant player."
Exuding this much fire, it's not a surprise that Davis likens himself to Ndamukong Suh. That emotion continued to simmer with each passing pick as he watched the five defensive tackles go before him: Danny Shelton (No. 12, Browns), Malcom Brown (No. 32, Patriots), Eddie Goldman (No. 39, Bears) and Jordan Phillips (No. 52, Dolphins).
"When I slid all the way down to the third round, I was really down," Davis said. "I was still confident. I still knew who I was as a player. But I just didn't know what was the reason for this. It was out of my control. It's my job to make every other team regret not taking me early."
Davis isn't a flashy player. He's a no-nonsense run-stopper who can absorb double teams. But some thought he was too inconsistent and questioned his motor.
The Ravens took notice of Davis when he stood out at the Senior Bowl in late January.
"I think a lot of scouts would agree that if you go down to Mobile and dominate for the week and play extremely well in the game, that's a really good sign," assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. "Guys that do that, we think has the skills to play at a high level in the NFL."
Davis was surprised that he was picked by the Ravens. He met with team officials at the NFL combine in February, but he said Friday that he didn't know whether he was on the Ravens' draft board.
Now, Davis will be one of the players expected to help fill the void left by Ngata. He will likely team with Timmy Jernigan to replace the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle.
"Somebody has to carry the fire and somebody has to make the position go on and why not be me?" Davis said. "He's human. If he can do [it], I feel like I can do it."