The Atlanta Falcons have been looking for some wide receiver depth this offseason, and Mike Davis of the Texas Longhorns has shown to be a good fit for the team. Atlanta coaches met with the talented receiver in Indianapolis during the combine, according to Alex Dunlap of Roster Watch.
University of Texas
Combine/Pro Day Measurements
Height: 6'0"; Weight: 197 pounds
Arm Length: 32.75"; Hand Measurement: 10"
40-yard dash: 4.50 sec.; 10-yard split: 1.57 sec.
20-yard shuttle: 4.39 sec.; 3-cone Drill: 7.11 sec.; Bench Reps: 10 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.5"; Broad Jump: 9'9"
2013: 12 Games Played, 51 Catches, 727 Yards, 8 Touchdowns, 1 Tackle
2012: 13 Games Played, 57 Catches, 939 Yards, 7 Touchdowns, 1 Tackle
2011: 13 Games Played, 45 Catches, 609 Yards, 1 Touchdown
2010: 11 Games Played, 47 Catches, 478 Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 3 Carries, -6 Yards, 2 Kick Returns, 46 Yards
Davis is reliable as a deep threat and can track the ball well on his deep routes. He’s sneaky fast and can get behind defenses with good route running and subtle fakes. He has great body control and understands how to work the sideline effectively.
He’s a chain-mover with solid yards-after-the-catch ability. However, he has good hands and catches with his fingertips and not his body. He’s a good blocker for his size and gives great effort when asked to do so. He’s also very experienced, as he’s started 38 games over his 49-game career.
Despite being a good route-runner, Davis didn’t run many routes on his route tree. He’ll have to develop his in, out, corner and post routes to truly develop a route tree. He doesn’t have the best speed in the draft even though he was used as a speed receiver at Texas.
He doesn’t fight for the ball in traffic and has trouble against press coverage. He needs to improve his physicality, because right now, he’s a bit soft. He needs to start going after the ball and plucking it out of the air instead of letting it come to him.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
Davis was never arrested. However, he was once suspended for a cheap shot in a game during the 2013 season. He hit Iowa State defensive back Deon Broomfield from behind in a dirty play. The team captain could easily claim this is an isolated incident, as there’s nothing in his prior character like this.
Davis is Harry Douglas’ younger, slightly bigger replica. He’s an outside receiver who will be asked to take on slot duties a lot, and he might go a lot earlier than he deserves to. By the time he even sees any action as a starting receiver, it’ll be when the guys in front of him are hurt.
Davis is a mediocre receiver, and his potential isn’t much higher than what he has already shown. In a much weaker receiver draft, he looks like a third-round pick. However, in this year’s draft, he could be undrafted, as he’s got a ton of guys ahead of him talent-wise.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
If the Falcons want Davis, they’ll use a sixth-round pick on him or later. He’s nothing they don’t already have in Drew Davis or Darius Johnson, so spending anything higher on a slightly improved version of those two would be unwise.
Mike Davis wouldn’t be anything more than a fifth or sixth receiver in Atlanta, so the real value he would have to bring is on special teams. The real question is whether he’s tough enough to show he’s worthy of a roster spot on special teams.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus' Premium Stats (subscription required), ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All combine and pro day info is courtesy NFL Draft Scout. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.