Clemson Football: Tyler Davis heading west to play for the Aaron Donald-less LA Rams

The LA Rams' defensive line is in a state of transition after Aaron Donald's retirement. They tapped Tyler Davis as a draft pick Saturday to help fill that void.
Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson defensive lineman Tyler Davis
Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson defensive lineman Tyler Davis / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It isn't everyday a team loses and All-Pro/future Hall of Famer like Aaron Donald. The Los Angeles Rams can't replace him, but they will need to find someone to step into that open spot on their defensive line.

They started by drafting Braden Fiske from Florida State in the 2nd round. They decided to double down and bring in a second defensive tackle on Day 3.

Clemson Football's Tyler Davis was drafted by the Rams in the 6th round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, the 196th pick overall.

Davis was a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite in the Class of 2019. He played prep football at Wekvia High School in Apopka, Florida.

Davis finished his Clemson career with 144 total tackles, 16 sacks, and 29.5 tackles for loss. He was an All-ACC selection four times and named a second-team All-American in 2022.

NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein understands why Davis wasn’t a top prospect this season, but notes that he has the skills to thrive in the NFL.

"A fireplug nose tackle with a compact frame, Davis plays much stronger than his measurables might indicate. He lacks the pure mass teams covet along the interior but uses terrific strength and leverage to bow his neck and take on all comers. He's usually first off the snap and first in with his hands, but the size and length of an NFL interior blocker could be challenging for him as he makes the step up in class. The physical limitations will make him less attractive earlier in the draft, but his motor and consistency in pressuring blockers should push him into snaps as a 4-3 nose."

Lance Zierlein

While Fiske will be the obvious favorite to try to fill the void left by Donald's departure, Davis is a reliable player who could find a role on the two-deep for the Rams.