Corey Davis will always be talked about in the same sentence with Mike Williams of Clemson and John Ross of Washington. The wide receiver from Western Michigan might be the best pass catcher in this draft class, but where he winds up might still be a bit of a question mark.
According to Emily Kaplan of foxsports.com, he has the size (6-foot-3) and physicality to be a possession receiver, as well as the long, powerful strides that evoked Dez Bryant’s run-after-catch ability. He tied for the lead among all Division-I players with 19 touchdown catches and finished his career with an FBS-record 5,285 receiving yards. The undefeated Broncos earned a Cotton Bowl berth (they lost to Wisconsin, though Davis, naturally, hauled in a TD in that game).
But still, the questions persist. There is no doubt he will be a first-round selection. However, will it be a top 10 reach for some team? Or a steady middle of the pack grab by a team on the rise or a late-first round find for a playoff contender? Whoever makes the move to secure his services will have to be patient. In order to allow Davis to hone his skills and learn the pro game.
In this player profile, we will look at the strengths and weaknesses of Corey Davis as he moves on to the next level. We also include a few teams that will be interested in adding help to their wide receiver unit.
Obviously, his size. He can outmuscle opposing defensive backs and should be a solid red zone option. He runs solid routes and has outstanding four-year production. Corey Davis has an alpha attitude on the field. Thus, he is not afraid to take on the challenge of heavy target load. Excellent competitiveness. Focuses like a laser when the ball is in the air. Tracks the deep ball as well as anyone in college. Yet, understands how to stack cornerbacks and keep them on his hip.
Small-school competition. How will he handle playing against tougher defenders? He doesn’t always sell his vertical routes aggressively enough to make cornerbacks open their hips. Drifts, at times, on in-breaking routes, allowing defenders to squeeze the route. Needs to improve quickness into and out of his breaks underneath. Also, Corey Davis needs to avoid drops at crucial times in games.