Vontae Davis
Davis with the Dolphins in 2009
No. 23     Indianapolis Colts
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-27) May 27, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
High School: Washington (DC) Dunbar
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Debuted in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Big Ten All-Freshman (2006)
  • 2× First-team All-Big Ten (2007, 2008)
  • Thorpe Award semifinalist (2007, 2008)
  • PFW All-Rookie Team (2009)
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 17, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     199
Quarterback sacks     2.0
Pass deflctions     40
Interceptions     12
Forced fumbles     1
Touchdowns     1
Stats at

Vontae O. Davis (pron.: /ˈvɒnt/) (born May 27, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Illinois.

Early yearsEdit

Davis played his high school football at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.. He played cornerback and wide receiver. During his senior season he recorded 38 tackles and 8 interceptions and achieved many awards and honors including Washington Post first-team All-Metro, PrepStar All-American, DCIAA West first-team All-Conference, and D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Davis was ranked as the No. 33 cornerback prospect in the nation.[1]

College careerEdit

Davis chose Illinois over Maryland, Michigan State, and Virginia. Davis had a great freshman season recording 30 tackles and intercepting one pass. He was named to the Freshman All-America first teams by The Sporting News, and and was also the Illini's Rookie of the Year. In 2007 he started all 12 games he played recording 56 tackles, including 13 in the Rose Bowl against USC, and was tied for third in the Big Ten with four interceptions. After his junior season he declared that he would forgo his senior season and become eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft.[2]

Professional careerEdit

2009 NFL DraftEdit

Davis was considered one of the top-2 defensive backs available in the draft (alongside Malcolm Jenkins),[3] He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins 25th overall.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11⅝ in 201 lb 4.49 s 1.47 s 2.53 s 4.07 s 6.75 s 37 in 10 ft 5 in 25 rep 33

Miami DolphinsEdit

File:Vontae Davis2.jpg

Davis was signed by the Dolphins to a five-year deal with a guarantee in excess of $7 million.[4] Davis recorded his first career interception in Week 4 of the 2009 season against Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards, returning it 23 yards for a touchdown.[5] Davis finished his rookie season with 53 tackles, four interceptions, and 11 pass deflections. Pro Football Weekly selected him on its annual All-Rookie team.[6]

During the 2011 preseason, Davis boasted that he and cornerback Sean Smith were the "best (cornerback) tandem in the league".[7] However, his first two games were forgettable as New England's Tom Brady passed for 517 yards in the season opener,[8] and Davis had no passes defended or interceptions in either game. He also had to leave both of the first two games with injuries including cramps in week 1 and a hamstring injury in Miami's week 2 loss against the Houston Texans.[9]

File:Vontae Davis Sean Smith.jpg

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On August 26, 2012, Davis was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a second-round draft pick.[10]


Vontae's older brother is San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. In June 2009, several media outlets reported that Davis was stopped and arrested for traffic infractions in Champaign, IL., then turned out to be an identity theft incident after Davis' wallet was stolen.[11][12]


  1. Cornerbacks 2006, January 30, 2006,
  2. Top corner Davis to go pro
  3. "Vontae Davis, Malcolm Jenkins are top DB prospects for NFL Draft", Sports Illustrated, February 19, 2009,, retrieved May 27, 2010
  4. Berardino, Mike (July 31, 2009), "Vontae Davis agrees to terms with Miami Dolphins", South Florida Sun-Sentinel,,0,1544294.story
  5. Thompson, Edgar (October 4, 2009), "Miami Dolphins' defense racks up six sacks and three interceptions while beating Buffalo", Palm Beach Post,
  6. Blunda, Michael (Jan. 20, 2010), "Receivers, 'backers stand out on All-Rookie team", Pro Football Weekly,
  7. Matt Forman (2011-08-26). "Vontae Davis: Miami Dolphins’ corners are best in NFL". Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  8. The Sports Network (2011-09-12). "Brady sets Patriots passing records". Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  9. Armando Salguero (2011-09-20). "Wildcat 2.0 may be in play for Miami Dolphins". Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  10. McIntyre, Brian (August 26, 2012). "Dolphins to trade Vontae Davis to Colt for draft pick". Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  11. Frias, Carlos (June 27, 2009), "Vontae Davis identity theft incident is another reminder for athletes", Palm Beach Post,
  12. "Vontae Davis' Identity Stolen", Bleacher Report, June 23, 2009,

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