Knile Davis Will Find Long-Term Success with Kansas City Chiefs

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2013

Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks running back Knile Davis (7) rushes past LSU Tigers corner back Jalen Mills (28) at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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Knile Davis was one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2013 NFL draft, and he enters a perfect situation with the Kansas City Chiefs to find success.

The running back had an up-and-down career at Arkansas before moving on to the next level. He was a breakout star in his sophomore year with 1,322 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, but an ankle injury cost him the 2011 season.

He returned in 2012, but he lacked explosiveness and fell behind Dennis Johnson on the depth chart. Davis finished with only 377 rushing yards on 3.4 yards per carry.

While this led to a drop in the young player's stock, this was a great turn of events for the Chiefs, who were able to grab Davis in the third round.

It was obvious that the injury was still hindering him throughout the regular season, but the talent is still there. His pure athleticism was on display at the NFL combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds and totaled 31 reps on the bench press.

Both of these numbers ranked second among participants at his position.

Even Davis was proud of his performance in Indianapolis and was aware of the importance of putting up these numbers (via Lindsay Jones of USA Today):

Anyone with this combination of strength and speed has the ability to be successful in the NFL, as long as they are developed correctly. This is where the Chiefs come into play.

With Jamaal Charles already on the roster as one of the best running backs in the game, Davis will not be needed to do too much right away. He can be brought along slowly and kept away from major action until the team is absolutely confident that he is healthy.

Ankle injuries have been an issue for Davis since high school, and he continually re-injured it during his career. It is important to rest up and allow things to completely heal so he can put these problems behind him.

Once that he is 100 percent, however, the opportunity is there for him to be extremely successful. Many teams use multiple running backs nowadays, but Charles still had 1,200 more yards than anyone else on the roster. Kansas City needs a secondary rusher, and Davis could be that guy.

The offensive line was already a strong run-blocking unit. The addition of Eric Fisher will make that line even stronger as holes are opened up for running backs all day long. With Davis' speed, he can rack up tons of yardage.

In a relatively weak year for running backs, Davis was the sixth one selected in the draft. However, the Chiefs got a steal because he has the ability to become the most successful of the entire class.