WR Corey Davis, 6’3 209 Western Michigan
What He Does Well
Uses explosive acceleration out breaks or off hesitation to create separation within his routes. Understands how to use his speed and explosiveness to set up defenders. Can really push deep before throttling down to cut in or break back to the ball. Davis is also able to use body lean and understanding how to use his release to turn cornerbacks to set up his routes. Has the speed to win deep or run away from defenders on crossing or drag routes. Davis has soft hands and shows the ability to pluck the ball out of the air and make catches away from his body. With the ball in his hands Davis is a powerful runner using his speed to get yards after the catch. Experience playing both in the slot and outside allows him to be moved around the formation. Davis is able to use his size and strength to bully cornerbacks in the run game in space.
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What He Lacks
Even though Davis played 9 games against Power 5 his best performances were against MAC defensive backs that likely will not be playing in the NFL. Davis is able to use his acceleration and explosion out of breaks to create separation he is still yet a refined route runner and will struggle to make strong cuts in and out of breaks which will be an adjustment against NFL level corners. Too often Davis will let the ball get into his body and result in incomplete passes and drops. Davis also doesn’t always high point the ball rather letting it come to him which can lead to defensive backs being able to break up passes.
Since stepping onto the field as a true freshman Corey Davis has been a dominant force for the Western Michigan Broncos leaving the school as the all time leading receiver in Mid-American Conference History. Using size, speed and power Davis has dominated MAC competition playing like a man among boys while still performing at a high level against Power 5 level competition. There are knocks on Davis as he beat up on MAC competition and not participating during the Senior Bowl, Combine or even putting up numbers at a Pro Day make it hard to compare him to like peers from Power 5 schools. As a route runner Davis has the ability to change up his speed utilizing his explosive burst to come out of routes and create separation. To be more than a contested catcher in the NFL Davis will need be more consistent coming into his breaks. However based on his film work and physical traits it will not be a surprise if Davis becomes a top 10 receiver during his career. At this point Davis is a lock to be a first round pick and likely will be drafted somewhere in the teens. Davis could go higher but an injury training prevented him from participating in the Pre-Draft process and could scare some teams off.
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