FILM ROOM: Corey Davis, the best wide receiver in the draft

FILM ROOM: Corey Davis, the best wide receiver in the draft

I first want to start by saying this: I am in no way shape or form a scout. I don’t get paid to do any of this. I don’t expect you to hold my opinions on draft prospects to a higher standard than yours or anyone else’s. I’ll never comment or offer my opinion on anything I don’t feel I am educated about. I trust my eyes more than most, but I will never ever be the guy that thinks he is 100% right on a prospect because I’ve watched countless hours on them. The draft is a crapshoot and scouts who get paid a lot of money miss annually on prospects so I don’t expect to be right all the time. Honestly I, and everyone else are wrong more than we are right, which is fine! I simply love talking the draft, it’s one of my favorite times of the year.

I’ve covered Marlon Humphrey here and Christian McCaffrey here if you want to check out those film room pieces out.

The third prospect I’ll be reviewing is my favorite prospect in the draft. That is..

Dec 2, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver Corey Davis (84) rushes in the first half against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Davis – WR – Western Michigan: Corey Davis, to me is the best offensive player in this draft. He’s as skilled as it gets at the wide receiver position. He has good size at 6’2, 210 lbs. He didn’t run at the combine, or at a pro day due to an ankle injury, but he has very good speed. I’d guess he’d run somewhere around a 4.4-4.5 40 yard dash. It’s not just the physical things Davis has, though. Davis is incredibly fundamental as well. He uses his hands well when being pressed, he runs good routes. Some say Davis’ competition was a reason he dominated in college, but he looked like the best player on the field even when he played bigger schools.

Some view Mike Williams as the best wide receiver in the draft. Everyone views each prospect differently, but I don’t see how anyone can watch both Mike Williams and Corey Davis and not think Davis is the best receiver in the country. I’ll show you what I mean on what separates (no pun intended) Corey Davis from Mike Williams as wide receiver one.

Alright, the good stuff..

First play is from the slot, which is another thing I love about Davis’ game. He lines up all over, which indicates he knows the playbook in and out. Good luck to #2 here, he has no chance. Love the toe tap at the end as well.

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See this a lot from Davis.. Gets off press and literally says “get off me,” then turns around, shakes the defender and hits a quick extra gear. Phew.

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Little hitch here. Davis does a good job coming back to the ball and hits that B button and turns the play outside.

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Corey Davis making a defender his son here.

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Can you run fast, Corey? “Say no more, fam.” – Corey Davis, probably.

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Redzone? Davis creates separation, great catch, and gets feet down. It’s all so natural, man.

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Nice one handed catch here from Davis.

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Alright, 3rd and 23 here. Just throw a screen and Corey Davis will do the rest. THE STIFF ARM.

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Corey Davis’ stiff arm is something else. He uses it so well.

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This play sums up Corey Davis. He can score from anywhere on the field. Love the extra gear he has. Goodbye!

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Corey Davis is special. To me, he has potential to be a top 5 wide receiver in the NFL within 3 years. What separates him is he has size, speed and good hands. The one knock I have on Davis is he drops more passes than he should. He showcases natural hands, but at times can lose focus and drop a few, which can be frustrating. Overall, Davis is my top offensive player in the draft, and if he is available anywhere near where the Eagles pick, I’d expect Howie Roseman to be on the phones looking to trade up.

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