2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect:  Corey Davis


   

School:          Western Michigan
Ht:  6'3"       Wt:  215
Eligibility:      SR
Uniform:       #84
Position:      WR






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Following an outstanding career at the University of Western Michigan, Davis still has a chance to continue to help his stock leading up to this April's draft. Only as a freshman (941) did he fall short of the 1,000-yard mark for a season, and it was in that first year where people started to notice he could be something special. Often matched up against inferior competition, Davis had no mercy on his opponents and pushed himself to continue to be great when many might have been more complacent. Now he has to prove that his numbers are not a result of his competition but rather of his ability and work ethic. If the level of competition proves unconnected, he is competing with Mike Williams out of Clemson and John Ross out of Washington to be the top pass catcher taken.


For starters, Davis looks the part at 6'3", 210 pounds. He has long arms and big, soft hands that receive the ball as opposed to simply making contact with it. While his build is a bit on the slender side, he does not come across as a weaker player. He competes well in his routes, not allowing defenders to get into his body or hinder his path. He also brings down his fair share of 50-50 balls. As a route runner, he is sudden out of his breaks, and while he may never separate like smaller receivers, he does do an above-average job of doing so. His route tree in college was not the most complex, but he flashes skills that make me feel he will have no issues in this area as a professional. He does show a knack for catching back-shoulder fades, which is something not all collegiate pass-catchers can claim. He is also accomplished on screens as both a receiver and blocker, a rare trait for a bigger receiver.

Now let's get down to the real question. He has made a ton of big plays in his career. Some have been on shorter routes where he was able to turn them into big plays, while others have been deep balls where the defense couldn't keep from letting him behind them. I truthfully believe he is a fast player. Even in his junior year against Ohio State and Michigan State, he was able to flash speed and a burst with the ball in his hands. I couldn't help but think this reminds me of Terrell Owens or Brandon Marshall as a player. Still, I wish I could have seen him against better competition. If he were making those plays and putting up those kinds of numbers in one of the Power-5 Conferences, we would be talking about a player getting ready to be taken in the top 5. That is how serious I am about the importance of his speed. Usually, I don't put this kind of importance on an event at the combine, but if he runs a sub-4.55 forty, he could be the first offensive player chosen, and yes than means over any quarterback or Leonard Fournette. There is no doubt in my mind that he plays full speed on the field. The only doubts I have is the speed of his opponents which is much tougher to gage. At the combine, everyone will be running on the same surface against the same clock. That will tell if he is truly the top receiver in this class.


If there is any area, I think he can improve it would be in his focus. I think he has a tendency to allow the ball to get to his frame a bit too much when he has truly gifted hands. He has also had some drops that have nothing to do with his hands and everything to do with his focus. He starts thinking about what he is going to do with the ball in his hands before it is actually in his hands. Outside of that, he brings a lot to the table. He has lined up in the slot giving him added versatility and doesn't appear to be phased by running routes over the middle.

His work ethic may be my favorite trait about him. He was a freshman All-American, but that didn't stop him from wanting to get better. From that point on he dedicated himself to being the greatest player he could, and that has a chance to being really good. I wouldn't say his first-round chances depend on his speed. He could run a 4.6, and I would still see him as a candidate to go in the 20's. Still, if he runs in the 4.4's like he is rumored to, it could make him one of the top offensive players in this draft. I don't see many holes in his game, and that makes for a promising player at the next level.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Brandon Marshall (New York Jets)

Strengths
- Outstanding combination of size and athleticism
- Long arms with soft hands
- Plays at full speed and appears a bit explosive in the open field
- Knack for big plays
- Versatile enough to play in slot
- Work ethic made him one of the most prolific college receivers ever

Weaknesses
- Will need to learn a more professional route tree
- Occasionally has focus lapses
- Played at a lower level of competition


Austin Smith
Austinjs14@aol.com
January 24, 2017



Articles/Links
1)   Why Bills should pair WR Corey Davis with Sammy Watkins in 2017 NFL draft   - BillsWire.com
2)   WMU's Davis 'came from nothing' - and look at him now   - Detroit News
3)   WMU's Corey Davis not sweating draft stock ahead of Cotton Bowl    - Battle Creek Enquirer
4)   Corey Davis Twitter
5)   Budda Baker Instagram









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