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

Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field-goal attempt 100-plus yards to score the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against No. 1 Alabama in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Auburn won 34-28. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Ian WhartonContributor IMarch 10, 2014

Chris Davis, CB, Auburn (HT: 5’10¼”; WT: 202 lbs)

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmHand
510220231"9 1/4"
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Positives

  • Feisty defender who plays extremely hard every play. Davis clearly wears his emotions on his sleeve, and his energy resonates to his teammates.
  • Thick frame and good functional strength, which helps him jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. Being able to win at the line of scrimmage is important because it disrupts the timing of the offense.
  • Mirrors receivers while backpedaling well, showing good footwork and decent balance.
  • Very good at defending the run, where he is aggressive and wants to make the tackle. He is able to attack the ball-carrier well from the edge and is a good tackler. Davis rarely misses open-field tackles, because he stays low and squares up with the ball-carrier.
  • Active hands in coverage and while tackling forcing drops and fumbles. His ability to knock the ball out of receiver’s hands can help if he’s beaten in coverage.
  • Utilizes the sideline well, showing good spatial awareness, especially near the red zone. He can use his strength to move targets out of bounds and essentially eliminate his man from the play.
  • Very good press-hand technique, especially for someone with short arms. He uses leverage well, even on some of the premier receivers he faced.
  • Adds value as a return man as he has good vision and a knack for breaking the big play. He’s also known for helping end one of the greatest games of all time.

Negatives

  • Has very average size for an NFL defensive back, considering his height and arm length. His lack of size really held him back against top NFL prospects at the collegiate level, including Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin and Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham.
  • Extreme aggression leads to blown coverages when he tries to jump routes on play action. His anticipation is severely lacking, so he gambles to compensate.
  • His hips are very stiff, causing him to have major issues throttling down when coming back to the ball. He often has to round off routes and waste a lot of movement to recover. At the next level, his ability to play press-man is very limited due to the lack of smoothness.
  • Has really poor ball skills, because he focuses directly on the receiver and doesn’t read the quarterback. He has zero career interceptions and dropped the few he was in position to catch.
  • Fairly slow play recognition and reaction time. He backpedals into coverage immediately so he doesn’t get into a position he cannot recover from.
  • Slow to accelerate to top speed, so he’s likely limited to a Cover 2 zone or the occasional off-man coverage to mitigate his weaknesses.
  • He’s likely already peaked in terms of career achievements, as he is a local hero to the Auburn community and is treated like a superstar. 
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesPDINT
2010Auburn1230
2011Auburn6040
2012Auburn4630
2013Auburn74140
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Personal Notes

  • 2014 Senior Bowl participant
  • 2014 NFL combine participant
  • Public Administration major
  • 31st-ranked cornerback as a high school recruit

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

Chris Davis helped provide college football fans with one of the best sports moments when he returned Alabama’s missed field goal for a touchdown to win during the last seconds of Auburn's November matchup, but he doesn’t have the athletic ability or natural instincts to become a starting NFL defender.

He can find a role using his return ability and situational skills in coverage, but it is unlikely he will ever have a moment bigger and better than his 109-yard touchdown return against Alabama.  

 

Draft Projection: 6th-7th Round

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