2017 NFL DRAFT

Corey Davis, WR

School: Western Michigan  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 209 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1511

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers | #19
    The Bucs boast two dynamic pass-catchers in Mike Evans and recent free agent signee DeSean Jackson but both have struggled with consistency over their respective careers. With depth at receiver a relative weakness, GM Jason Licht may see the polished Davis as an ideal insurance policy.
  • Buffalo Bills | #10
    The Corey Brown signing helps depth, but Sammy Watkins needs a sidekick and Davis offers the size, athleticism and receiving traits to make an immediate impact.
  • Cincinnati Bengals | #9
    They have to get help for A.J. Green on the other side. Brandon LaFell was brought back, but why not a good, young receiver?
  • Kansas City Chiefs | #27
    This is too far for him to fall! But he fell here and so the Chiefs scoop up Davis. They have enough weapons to let him come along slowly without suffering offensively.
  • Buffalo Bills | #10
    Davis was an absolute monster at Western Michigan, and has the combination of size, speed, and physicality to work as the 1B to Sammy Watkins? 1A in Buffalo.
 

Player Overview

A four-year starter at Western Michigan, Davis has been one of the most productive college football receivers over the past four seasons, lining up all over the formation in a WMU offense designed to get him the ball. A two-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Davis faced multiple struggles throughout his upbringing and the combination of poor academics and sketchy home life forced several FBS programs to overlook him during the recruitment process. FCS-level Illinois State was his only scholarship offer until Western Michigan, who had just hired P.J. Fleck as head coach, swooped in and took a chance on him. Davis made an immediate impact in 2013 with 67 catches for 941 yards and six scores to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors. He led the team in receiving as a sophomore with 78 receptions for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns to earn First Team All-MAC honors. Davis again earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2015 and improved upon his numbers with 90 catches for 1,436 yards and 12 scores. For the fourth straight season, Davis led WMU in receiving in 2016 and posted a career-best 97 catches, 1,500 yards receiving and 19 touchdown grabs to take home MAC Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Davis is physically built for the NFL with the route athleticism and polish that dominated MAC competition. Although the drops are frustrating, Davis, who is looking to join Randy Moss as the only MAC wideouts to be drafted in the first round, attacks with his hands and rarely lets the ball into his body. He might not have any dominant qualities, but Davis is above average in several critical areas with the savvy production that matches the tape, putting him in the conversation to be the No. 1 wideout in the 2017 draft class.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: NFL body with desired height, length and muscle tone. Athletic route runner with the lower body coordination to burst in/out of his breaks. Smooth release and route acceleration to achieve proper depth. Polished footwork and hides his intended path. Quickly shifts his gears after the catch to regain his momentum, showing the balance and vision to create as a ballcarrier. Tracks the ball very well with the hand strength to make acrobatic, off-balance catches. Routinely works back to the ball and attacks before the ball reaches his body. Doesn't allow physical defensive backs to disrupt his focus, quickly resetting his eyes and rhythm mid-route. Enjoys blocking and gives consistent effort in this area. Introverted personality, but quietly goes about his business and competes with an edge. Performed well against Big Ten competition over his career with 52 catches for 701 yards and five touchdowns in nine games. Elite production and improved his stats each season, setting a new FBS-record for career receiving yards (5,285) -- 52 career touchdown grabs in 50 starts.

WEAKNESSES: Will fight the ball at times with more double-catches and drops on his tape than ideal. Hears footsteps and focus will wane depending on what is going on around him. Room to improve his consistency in jump-ball situations. Shows route burst when in tempo, but lacks the suddenness to instantly accelerate to top speed after gearing down, allowing corners to catch him. Has the lower body quickness to beat press, but needs to use his hands more effectively to assist his release. Timing and technique as a blocker require refinement. Didn't consistently face NFL-caliber defensive backs in the MAC.

NFL COMPARISON -- Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints: Although Davis is a slightly better athlete, he draws the Thomas comparison because of their size, route-running and ability to be productive despite lacking a true distinguishing trait.

--Dane Brugler (1/18/17)

 
 
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