Knile Davis: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Arkansas RB
Knile Davis was once considered an elite NFL prospect for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Unfortunately, an ankle injury sidelined him for the entire 2011 season.
Davis never really seemed to get back to 100 percent when he returned for the 2012 season. He had a minimal impact and often saw the bench for the Razorbacks before declaring for the 2013 NFL draft.
Here are five things that you need to know about the former Arkansas running back.
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Full Name: Knile Davis
Birthday: October 5, 1991
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
High School: Fort Bend Marshall High School
Major: Criminal Justice
Davis struggled with injuries throughout his high school career. Both his junior season and senior season at Fort Bend Marshall were cut short by injuries.
However, Davis still managed to be considered a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 17 overall running back in the 2009 class.
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After making a minimal impact as a freshman for the Razorbacks, Knile Davis burst onto the national scene during his sophomore campaign.
However, he missed the entire 2011 season and simply didn't look like his old self during his final year at Arkansas.
All statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com.
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Weight: 227 lbs
Arm Length: 29-3/4"
Hand Size: 8-5/8"
40-yard dash: 4.37 seconds (top performer)
Bench press: 31 reps (top performer)
Vertical jump: 33.5"
Broad jump: 121"
3 cone drill: 6.96 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.38 seconds
Few players had as surprising a combine performance as Knile Davis. Not only did he show NFL teams that he still has the strength and explosiveness in his game, but he also boosted his stock in a huge way.
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
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I'm not sure if an NFL prospect has had more underwhelming junior and senior seasons in high school than Knile Davis. While both were cut short by injuries, the overall numbers are still rather surprising.
During Davis' junior season in high school, he only managed 425 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The following season was even worse: 33 carries for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
Colleges still saw enough potential in Davis to where he was a highly-regarded prospect by a number of universities such as Oklahoma and LSU.
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The biggest question surrounding Knile Davis is just how bit of an impact his 2011 ankle injury will continue to have on him. Ryan Lownes of Bleacher Report and DraftBreakdown.com has some concerns:
6.(185) Knile Davis - RB - Arkansas - Big back has excellent straight-line speed but was never as explosive post-injury. #NFLDraft32in32— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) April 17, 2013
Ralph Mancini, a popular NFL draft analyst on Twitter, has the same feelings as Lownes:
If u want 1 guy who runs not 2 get hurt, it's Knile Davis not Le'Veon Bell. Couldn't play 1 full season in college; doubt he does in the NFL— Ralph Mancini (@ReverendRalph) April 21, 2013
In terms of fantasy football, Bleacher Report's Sigmund Bloom feels that Davis will be consistently over-drafted this year:
Montee Ball will be the most overdrafted player in dynasty FF rookie drafts this year, followed closely by Knile Davis.— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) April 16, 2013