All 90 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 90 members of the Steelers 2021 offseason roster.
73 • Carlos Davis, second-year defensive tackle
6-foot-2, 320 pounds
Acquired: Selected by the Steelers with the 232nd pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Last season: Played in seven games as a reserve defensive tackle during his rookie season. Davis finished the season with six tackles and one tackle for loss.
College: Davis started out at defensive tackle at Nebraska, and made four starts as a redshirt freshman, moved to end as a sophomore, when he started 12 games, and then back to tackle for his final two seasons. As a senior in 2019, Davis was second amongst Cornhuskers with 32 tackles and four sacks. He was also a two-time All-American throwing discus for the Nebraska track and field team.
Camp outlook: The Steelers have three players on the squad that can and have played nose tackle: starter Tyson Alualu and reserves Isaiah Buggs and Chris Wormley. But all of those players are probably more natural fits at end in the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme.
Davis, on the other hand is definitely a nose tackle, and his more natural fit at the position helped him keep a gameday helmet through much of 2020. With Alualu back for two more years, it’s hard to see his role increasing much beyond that, but he’s probably just one injury away from assuming a starting role.
Future: Davis is signed through the end of the 2023 season, which is one year longer than the Steelers have Alualu locked in for. Alualu will be 36 when his contract runs out in 2022, and Davis could certainly be in line to take the starter’s job at that point.
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