Will Davis: Video Highlights for Former Utah State CB
Utah State's Will Davis is not the biggest name entering the 2013 NFL Draft, but he is a raw prospect who has a lot to offer a team willing to take a risk on him in the mid rounds.
Davis has been flying under the radar for most of his career after only playing one season of football in high school and then playing at a community college before making the jump to Utah State (per CBS).
2012 was a coming out party for Davis.
Davis is not the fastest at the position, but everything else looks good as far as pro-level traits go—he has great play recognition and is exceptional at playing the ball while it's in the air.
With that in mind, let's look at some of Davis' best highlights.
All statistics courtesy of ESPN.
Interception vs. New Mexico State, 2012
Perhaps Will Davis' biggest game of his collegiate career came when Utah State took on New Mexico State.
In the above video, Davis records his first interception of the season.
What's remarkable about the play is the opposing quarterback stares down his intended target the entire time. Davis keeps his eyes locked on the quarterback, which allows him to expertly shadow the receiver and take advantage.
After making an excellent play, Davis makes it even better by returning the ball way upfield before being caught from behind.
Interception vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012
Will Davis recorded one of five interceptions in 2012 after playing the zone well here and staying a step in front of the intended target. The opposing quarterback makes the mistake of thinking he can lead his receiver far enough, and as a result, Davis records the easy interception.
To top it off, he's smart enough not to take the ball out of the the end zone, but to instead fall down for the touchback.
All of this goes without even mentioning Davis' great skills in catching the ball away from his body like a good receiver normally would.
Great Screen Coverage vs. San Jose State, 2012
With the NFL transitioning into a pass-happy league, it's more important than ever that defensive backs have an ability to diagnose and react to a screen in an instant.
Will Davis does just that here.
Davis shades his man from across the line of scrimmage and lags a bit after the snap so the quarterbacks take the bait, and then darts into the backfield for an excellent stop.
It's not as sexy as an interception on the stat sheet, but it is a major highlight that will give NFL teams confidence in Davis' ability to be on the field and react to any situation.
Great End Zone Coverage vs. New Mexico State, 2012
Look no further than the highlight above for proof that Will Davis can be an effective player in the NFL in any situation on the field.
Davis expertly sticks with his man while keeping his eyes on the quarterback. He then uses stunningly proper technique to bat the ball down while boxing the receiver out with the rest of his body.
The best part? Davis does not draft a flag because, unlike most inexperience corners, he does not wrap his left arm around the intended receiver to gain leverage.
Again, not the biggest highlight in the world, but one that shows that Davis may not be as raw of a prospect as some think.
Effective Blitz Pressure vs. Utah, 2012
Will Davis did not record a sack during his 2012 campaign with Utah State, but he got darn close in the highlight above.
Davis is given a pretty cut-and-dry shot at the quarterback here, with the offensive line failing to pick him up.
What makes it a special highlight is the closing speed Davis uses to get to the quarterback. Had he been slower, the play would have been completed for potentially a big gain given the lack of defenders dropping into coverage.
Davis lays a big hit on the quarterback to boot.
Elite Deep Coverage vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012
In the above video, Will Davis once again makes an outstanding play on what could have been a big gain for the opposing offense.
The ability to play press coverage but stick with a faster receiver deep on the ball is uncommon, but Davis does just that here.
Once more, Davis flashes an uncanny ability to keep his eye on the ball at all times and is still stick with his man down the field.
The body control and hand-eye-coordination to leap into the air and swat the pass away is something you don't see often with a corner running at full speed.
Near Interception vs. Utah, 2012
Will Davis acts as a bit of a safety in the above highlight against New Mexico State, dashing into the frame at the last second to break up a pass.
Davis was responsible for the deeper part of the field here, but flashes adequate game speed to accelerate to the play once the quarterback lets go of the ball.
It is a shame Davis didn't reel this one in, because he may have been able to take it for a touchdown given the full head of steam he had gained.
Either way, it's but another excellent play for Davis to put on his resume.
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