- 2013 Virginia Tech Pro Day: Representatives from 26 NFL teams gathered at Virginia Tech's pro day on March 20, where 13 Hokies players went through a workout indoors on AstroTurf. AstroTurf, it should be noted, is a faster surface than natural grass or even FieldTurf. Marcus Davis, WR (6-3 1/2, 226) - Davis ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 and 4.48 seconds. He had a 39-inch vertical jump and did the short shuttle in 4.20 seconds. Davis really worked out well. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
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Davis steadily saw more playing time and improved his production over the past four years, leading the Hokies in 2012 with 51 catches for 953 yards and five touchdowns. An athletic specimen who has a similar skill-set as Dez Bryant, Davis has a lot of NFL tools, but his draft stock will come down to his reliability and effort.
STRENGTHS: Athletic-looking frame with prototypical length and thickness. Deceptively quick feet and suddenness to evade press at the line. Gets up to speed quickly from a stop. Displays hip flexibility to sink and burst on sharp routes. Quick, active hands at the line to shed the jam and release. Hands catcher who attacks the ball in the air. Locates the ball and adjusts his body to position for the catch. Good timing when asked to high-point the ball. Exhibits suddenness to break and separate on slants at full speed. Displays strong hands to secure high-velocity throws off his frame. Can break down in space after the catch, and make defenders miss.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks aggression and urgency when asked to run block. Isn't always as sharp as he's capable of being on his routes, and will round them off too frequently. Needs to fight for position better and display willingness to get physical with defenders when asked to compete for the ball in the air. Doesn't seem to always be on the same page with his QB - will break routes off or cut in the wrong direction. Occasional concentration lapses - will turn his head upfield before securing the ball and drop the easy one. Needs to become craftier at getting separation by utilizing hesitation, jab-step, etc. Chest-traps the ball too frequently despite possessing soft enough hands to routinely pluck. Doesn't seem to have a second gear to really pull away at the safety level.
COMPARES TO: Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets - Like Hill, Davis possesses some eye-popping measurables, and will probably rise up draft boards on his pre-draft workouts alone. A close look at game tape, however, shows a receiver who, although tremendously gifted, lacks fundamental consistency and tends to coast at times with his effort. He'll have to convince scouts that he's hungry to improve if he's to go any higher than the fifth round, despite having elite talent.