Corey Davis is a 6'3 205 pound senior wide receiver at Western Michigan. He's a player many expected to enter the 2016 NFL draft; some even viewed him as a viable fantasy threat as a rookie and ran a sub 4.5 40. He would have likely been a top-100 pick in the 2016 draft had he entered, and some coaches viewed him as NFL-ready even as a sophomore. Davis is a big play waiting to happen. He has great hands and is extremely fast. He's elusive in the open field, and has the raw speed to burn defenders. Here's some film. He should become a Tavon Austin-caliber player in the NFL, and has the upside for much more in the right offensive system. While I don't view him as a traditional number 1 receiver, he will provide a solid deep threat for any NFL offense, and could easily be a first round pick in 2017.
Over three seasons at Western Michigan, Corey Davis has generated 234 catches for 3778 yards and 33 touchdowns. This leaves him heading into his senior season with a 16.1 yards per reception average. These are solid numbers; he's been one of the more productive receivers in college football the past couple of seasons. He's generated some hype lately among scouting circles as well; nfldraftscout.com has him ranked as the #2 overall WR in the 2017 draft. Lindy's Sports National College Football Preview Magazine has him ranked as the 8th WR in the nation. I think he likely gets drafted behind USC's Juju Smith-Schuster (arguably the best WR in college), and Clemson's Mike Williams. Malachi Dupre from LSU will be in the discussion early as well. This leaves Davis' likely draft spot at the end of the 1st round or in the early 2nd, unless he improves as a senior.
Davis has worked to add weight in the offseason. This should help him improve as a blocker. This also shows that he is willing to put in work to help his team on every snap, regardless of whether the ball is headed his way. Some players get lazy on plays where they are unlikely to handle the ball. The fact that Corey Davis is working to become better as a blocker suggests that he's a high character guy that is willing to put the needs of his team before personal glory. Kids like that often succeed in the NFL. If he shows improvement as a blocker, that will only help his draft stock. He will bobble an occasional ball, but as a whole, he has great hands.
Davis is a player who is primed to become a household name in 2016. He already has borderline first round potential, and could easily propel himself into the discussion as one of the first WRs off the board with a strong senior season. Right now, I think he's anywhere from the third to sixth receiver drafted in 2017, barring a disaster this season. With a strong senior year, he could easily become the second or third guy taken. I think Juju Smith-Schuster is the more complete receiver, but Corey Davis could be a solid, solid NFL receiver, and is a player to watch heading into 2016. With a strong year, he could even surpass Smith-Schuster in draft stock. Davis is basically a harder working, more consistent version of Corey Coleman, and those tendencies will serve him well heading into his senior year and into the draft.--Mike B.
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