2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis


PLAYER PROFILE


Height: 6-3

Weight: 209

College: Western Michigan

Class: Senior


STRENGTHS


  • Good size — muscular 6-3, 209-lb frame
  • Good speed — not a blazer, but enough speed to threaten defenses on vertical routes (should run in the high 4.4s or low 4.5s at the Combine)
  • Great quickness — quick in and out of breaks and in short areas
  • Good hands — generally catches ball away from body; demonstrates ability to make spectacular catches
  • Ball awareness — tracks the ball naturally on over-the-shoulder throws
  • Excellent route runner — no wasted steps, refined route stems
  • Versatility — can line up and run quality routes from every wide receiver position (split-end, flanker, and slot)
  • Great run-after-catch ability — combines open-field vision with speed, quickness, elusiveness, and physicality to pick up large chunks of yardage after the catch
  • Good, consistent release off the line of scrimmage
  • Good body control — able to adjust to off-target throws with ease
  • Ability to beat press coverage with physicality or quickness at the line
  • Toughness — willingness to go over the middle and take punishment from patrolling safeties and linebackers
  • Draws a lot of pass interference penalties

WEAKNESSES


  • Inconsistent hands — suffers from frustrating concentration drops on occasion
  • Doesn’t high-point the football consistently — waits on the ball too often instead of attacking it in the air
  • Level of competition — faced MAC competition on a regular basis, but did dominate in limited opportunities against superior competition (i.e. Michigan State, Ohio State)

VERDICT


GRADE – 1ST ROUND – 87.00/100.00 – Good player with Pro Bowl potential

NFL COMPARISON Demaryius Thomas

PLAYER SUMMARY Corey Davis is a ready-made receiver for the NFL as a nuanced route-runner with a complete route tree in his repertoire. Davis is a quality athlete with good speed, excellent quicks, and above average body control. While Davis is a good athlete, he most often wins with savvy; having a great feel for how to set up defensive backs and create separation at the top of his routes. In addition to his route-running prowess, Davis displays excellent run-after-catch ability. With superb open-field vision, good speed, quickness, and elusiveness, Davis consistently capitalizes on and creates opportunities for yards after the catch.

Despite having a significant size advantage over most of the defensive backs that he matches up against, Davis doesn’t consistently use his size to his advantage as he often waits on the ball to reach him instead of attacking it in the air at its highest point. Furthermore, Davis can struggle with focus drops, at times allowing routine catches to slip through his hands.

Despite Davis’ drawbacks, I believe that he has the potential to become a no. 1 receiver in the NFL. Personally, I would feel comfortable spending a top-15 pick on the Western Michigan wideout, as I believe that he can contribute early on as a featured weapon in any offense before eventually developing into one of the top pass-catchers in the league.

If you would like to review more film on Corey Davis than what I have provided you can head over to http://draftbreakdown.com/players/corey-davis/ and further investigate this prospect.

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