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Mike Davis NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Texas wide receiver Mike Davis (1) catches a pass against TCU cornerback Jason Verrett (2) during the second half on an NCAA college football game Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

Mike Davis, WR, Texas (Height: 6'0", Weight: 197 lbs)

 

 

NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
600019732 3/4"10"
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Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad3-ConeShuttle
DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
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Positives

  • Fairly reliable hands—does a nice job of extending his arms to pull in passes that are slightly off the mark. 
  • Frequently used as a deep threat at Texas and looks comfortable tracking the ball over his shoulder and adjusting to the depth of the ball.
  • Has just enough speed that defensive backs have to respect his ability as a deep threat. 
  • Fast enough to pick up chunks of yardage after the catch when given space to run.
  • Demonstrates impressive body control when going up for the ball and adjusting to poorly thrown passes. 
  • Maintains control and shows awareness of where his feet are when going up for a jump ball along the sideline.
  • Considering he's slightly undersized, he's fairly productive as a blocker and consistently gives a decent effort.
  • Relatively durable for an undersized receiver, having played in 49 games with 38 starts in his college career.

 

Negatives

  • Played the role of a pure speed receiver at Texas, with most of his targets coming on deep go routes or screens.
  • Will need to develop his intermediate route-running skills.
  • Speed is decent, but he lacks the extra gear to consistently win with just his speed, which is what he frequently tried to do at Texas.
  • Basically a one-speed runner, lacking that extra burst to pull away from defensive backs.
  • In order to remain a deep threat in the NFL, he needs to develop the subtle moves within the stem of his route that are necessary to set up defensive backs and allow him to gain that extra step he'll need.
  • Lacks the elite quickness to put together multiple moves to lose defenders when trying to get over the top.
  • Not very competitive in traffic. 
  • Prefers to let the ball come to him, which allows some balls to drop incomplete when he could have come down with a tough, contested reception with a better effort.
  • Big 12 defensive backs respected his speed, so he didn't see a ton of press coverage; he struggles to fight through when he does.
  • Missed 2010 game vs. Oklahoma with a minor knee injury and 2013 game vs. Kansas State with an ankle injury.
  • Slowed by a sports hernia during 2013 summer workouts.
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2010Texas4747810.22
2011Texas4560913.51
2012Texas5793916.57
2013Texas5172714.38
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Personal Notes

  • Started 36 straight games from sophomore through senior year.
  • Among the most productive receivers in Texas history, finishing with 10 games of 100 receiving yards or more (second most in school history).
  • Voted Texas' most valuable offensive player in 2012 and 2013.
  • Ranked No. 4 overall wide receiver on Rivals in 2010 recruiting class.

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Davis put together a productive career at Texas, but it's difficult to see where he'll win against NFL defensive backs. He lacks the speed and all-around athleticism to win purely with his raw talent, and he lacks the size to be a reliable possession receiver. While he has some NFL tools and will find a way to contribute, his ceiling is probably as a third or fourth option. 

 

Draft Projection: 5th round

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