Mike Davis, RB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 217 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.532.681.5317 349'8"4.187.00

Player Overview

In a conference boasting backs like Todd Gurley and T.J. Yeldon, it is hard to get national attention. NFL scouts certainly won't ignore Davis, who exploded onto the scene in 2013 with 1,183 yards (fourth-best in school history) and followed that up a year later with similar production (982 yards) despite playing with bruised ribs for much of the season and opponents focusing on him.

Rather than absorb more punishment in the SEC, Davis elected to forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 draft, leaving South Carolina with 2,240 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Besides proving a quality runner, Davis caught a combined 72 passes for 755 yards and two more scores over his career.

Davis lacks the size and breakaway speed to project as a lead back in the NFL, though his bullish running style and soft hands out of the backfield make him a quality complementary threat. Given the way that teams rotate backs, Davis' pro-ready talents could earn top 100 consideration.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Sports a compact, powerful frame and the combination of burst, agility and power to handle starting duties in the NFL if called upon. When presented with a hole, Davis accelerates through it quickly and has enough straight-line speed to gain yardage in chunks, with five runs over the past two seasons of 40+ yards. He also shows the patience to allow holes to develop, as well as the vision to attack cut-back lanes.

Davis is a natural runner with subtleties to his game that help rack up yardage, including good lateral agility, a dead-leg hesitation move, a quality spin and the determination to keep his legs grinding through contact. Davis has good bloodlines. His older brother, James, was a star running back at Clemson and played three seasons in the NFL with Cleveland and Washington.

WEAKNESSES: While Davis' talent is clear, there are certainly areas in which he can improve. Davis wore down in 2013 and struggled with nagging injuries a year later, raising questions about whether he can handle a full workload in the NFL. He coughed up critical fumbles against Central Florida and Missouri in 2013 and then two more against South Alabama in the final regular season game of his collegiate career. While a reliable receiver out of the backfield, too often Davis resorted to dropping a shoulder or a cut-block when pass protecting, rather than facing up defenders.

--Rob Rang

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 4/126 -- Mike Davis, RB, 5-9, 217, South Carolina...A power runner with a low center of gravity. Sound familiar, 49ers fans? Davis has the look of a younger Frank Gore, who used the hide-behind-the-guards style to earn a featured spot in the 49ers record book. The 49ers enter the offseason happy with their tandem of Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush. But both are injury-prone, which could provide Davis an opportunity more sooner than later. - The Sports Xchange


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