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In 2016, Sean Davis came into the league with some ambiguity concerning his natural position in the secondary. He moved around at Maryland and continued to do so with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 26-year-old lined up in the slot and both safety spots but never focused on one role, which may have factored into his uneven production.
Last offseason, Davis made it clear that he prefers to line up in center field in off-man coverage, per Chris Adamski of
“I am still capable of doing nickel or going into the box or whatever, because we have to be versatile,” Davis said. “But ideal situation for me, I would like to be in the post (free safety) in all subpackages and everything. The failsafe, the last man on defense, all the time.”
Davis didn’t have a chance to settle at free safety during the 2019 term. He suffered a shoulder injury, his second in three years, and landed on injured reserve after Week 1. The Steelers acquired Minkah Fitzpatrick via trade with the Dolphins, so Davis will likely sign elsewhere to play his ideal position. 
In 48 outings, Davis had some bright spots in coverage and as a box safety closer to the line of scrimmage. For the 2017 campaign, he logged 92 tackles, seven for loss, a sack, eight pass breakups and three interceptions.
Davis had mixed results during the 2018 term. On one hand, quarterbacks only completed 55.1 percent of their passes when targeting him. However, he allowed five touchdown receptions and missed 15 tackles. If the fourth-year veteran can tighten up in the red zone, his next team would have a blanket over the top. 
At 6’1″, 202 pounds with a physical presence on the field, Davis may not escape run-support duties. Teams may prefer he play downhill rather than backpedal in coverage, which would go against his preference.
The discrepancy between Davis’ desires and his natural strengths can lead to an awkward fit with any team. Yet, in a steady role at free safety, he could become a solid deep-ball defender who’s also an equipped tackle in the open field when pass-catchers break free after the catch.