Arkansas Running Back Knile Davis Officially Declares for 2013 NFL Draft

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2012

Arkansas junior running back Knile Davis will enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to a statement released from Davis (via Sports Talk radio host Bo Mattingly). 

Statement from Knile Davis: "I’ve made the decision to forego my final year of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft"

— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) December 12, 2012

Arkansas RB Knile Davis on decision: "I sincerely look forward to working towards realizing my ultimate goal of becoming an NFL RB."

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 12, 2012

That was not all Davis had to say in the statement (also via Bo Mattingly), as he was also very complimentary of everything the University of Arkansas gave him. 

More from Knile Davis (from agent):I will forever be a Razorback and will strive to make them proud on the next level.

— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) December 12, 2012

Davis' college career has been a tale of two halves. In his freshman and sophomore seasons, he looked like one of the best running backs in the country. He played sparingly in 2009, but managed four touchdowns and 163 yards on just 33 carries. 

His breakthrough came as a sophomore in 2010, when he had 1,322 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns and a spectacular 6.5 yards per carry. He also had 19 receptions for 136 yards for the Razorbacks team that lost in the Sugar Bowl to Ohio State. 

With sky-high expectations, Davis' career hit the skids in 2011. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury during practice on August 11 and never really hit his stride after that point. 

The 2012 season was a disaster for everyone associated with Arkansas, as the team managed just a 4-8 record (2-6 in the SEC). Davis was only able carry the ball 112 times for 377 yards and two touchdowns. 

Given his history with ankle injuries and not playing at an elite level in two years, Davis' timing is a little curious. He could have returned to school one more year to play under new coach Bret Bielema, re-affirmed his status as a top back and gone higher in the draft. 

Instead, Davis will join South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore in declaring. Both injury-prone running backs have tremendous talent, but have to prove to NFL scouts and executives that they can handle the NFL grind. 

Of course, the big difference between Davis and Lattimore is that Davis isn't currently rehabbing from a serious injury.

All things considered, Davis projects as a third-round pick, according to