The off-season blueprint so many laid out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has thus far been followed very closely to exactly the way most thought it would.
Offensive line in the first round. Safety and running back on day two. Then, a wide receiver to start their third and final day, followed by sixth-round pick being used to select Nebraska defensive tackle, Khalil Davis.
“I spoke to coach Arians a little bit,” Davis said. “They told me I’d be playing with (Ndamukong) Suh and Lavonte David, and it’s an honor. It’s an honor to play with them, I’ve looked up to them just being a black-shirt, for five years. It’s awesome. I can’t wait to get to work and just learn.”
Davis’ excitement to be headed to the NFL was palpable through the video screen, and you could hear the celebration still going on in the Davis household even as he met with the media from outside the home.
Playing in the Big Ten Football Conference, Davis is familiar with many of his new Buccaneers teammates, and spoke specifically about Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs.
“I did go up against him a few times,” Davis said. “He’s a great player...I only went up against him a few times, but he’s very athletic.”
One of his stronger traits is his own athleticism. Something Davis attributes to his childhood, saying, “My parents kept me active as a kid, and I started running track when I was around nine or ten, competitively...I was just in a lot of sports that kept me active, and always on my feet moving.”
After reading about his family and seeing the extensive volunteer work Davis has done in his life up to this point, I decided to ask him about the importance of his community services, to which he replied,
“Growing up, I always had a lot of friends around me that did community work. A lot of my family traditions were doing community work,” Davis said. “Just throughout my time of high school into now, I love doing it - I love giving back.”
Davis emphasized how his college education will establish a foundation for him to work with kids at some point in his life, and how important helping community is to him as a person. Sounds like he’ll fit right in with the many members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization known for their work in and around the community.