Corey Davis

WR W. Michigan

6-3, 209, 

33" Arms, 9 1/8"Hands, 

Limping To The Draft. 

By TOM

He has Great hands. He can catch the tip pass while being hit by the safety and hold on. He has great size and strength. Great acceleration. I like how he angles inside a little before he breaks out, when he is running down the numbers. He garnered 18 TD this season. That is incredible. He garnered over 130-yards receiving in four different Halves this season. That is another great stat.

I would have trouble drafting Davis without knowing his speed. "I don't think it should [hurt me in the Draft]," Davis said at his visit in Cleveland. "Because my game tape is not too shabby. And I'll be good by minicamp, so that's really what matters." Speed matters to the WR position more than most. 

Small school guys often look faster than they are. "Man, he breaks them off with those routes," a scout said. "It wasn't even fair the way he did those corners in that conference. A man among boys." He also struggled in the Bowl game this year. Though he did make one of the great clutch catches of the season.

He also had some mental lapses that led to 16 drops in his three years as a starter. He runs routes too high sometimes. He played in a spread offense that hasn't translated well to the NFL. I really like his game, but I just don't think I could take him in the 1st without knowing his speed.
Davis is an ultra productive small school WR with good size and great hands. "He’s more fluid than Michael Irvin was," a scout said. "Works hard. Loves football. Smart. Attacks the football. Concentrates in traffic. Got vertical tracking skills." He was unable to participate in his Proday do to a sprained ankle. 

Coaches are going to like the way this kid talks about the HC of WMU, who coached in the NFL. "He’s been a great leader to me," Davis said, about his HC Fleck. "He’s definitely someone I’ve looked up to. He’s one of the reasons I am who I am to this day, not only the player, but the person. He’s helped me mature greatly over these four years. He’s coached in the league, so he knows a lot. He’s someone I text multiple times for advice. We’re always talking. He’s definitely a big part of my success." He has work his way into a top prospect.

But being a small school guy, who can't overcome a bad ankle, is going to hurt him in the Draft. "I know a lot of scouts and a lot of other players think that my level of competition wasn’t really that serious just being from the MAC," Davis said. "But I feel like I can play with the best of them. My confidence is up there. I’m not afraid to go up against anyone. My mindset is I can compete with anybody. It really doesn’t matter who’s across from me. They bleed red like me. I’m not afraid to go against anybody. As far as the level of competition, we’ve played Big Ten teams and we’ve competed with those guys. So I’m not afraid of anybody." But the NFL is a whole new level, and you have play injured in the NFL.

He has been estimated in the 4.4s, but I'm not buying that. "He’s good, but he’s not like some of the top guys from the past few years," another scout said. "He’s like the kid from the Eagles (Jordan Matthews). Little better hands. He’s a big, strong guy who can catch the ball really well." He did not have a great game against Wisconsin, but I think he is a 4.5 guy. Smaller school guys always look faster than they are. 

However, he had as great a clutch catch as I have seen at the end of the Bowl game. That catch was the final thing I needed to see to put him in the 1st. His Forty at the combine will determine how high he goes. But he couldn't run at the Combine do to injury. He played against some terrible competition, and I worry that made him look a lot faster than he is.

2016: Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis has earned the title of NCAA Consensus All-American after being named to the first-team in three of the five official organizations used to determine the honor. Davis becomes the first player in Western Michigan history and the first in the Mid-American Conference since Eric Page of Toledo in 2010 to earn the honor. Corey posted his third straight 1,400 yard season this year, finishing the regular season with a career-high 91 catches for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns. His 18 TDs leads the FBS. Earlier this year he became the all-time leading FBS receiver in history. He now has 5,212 yards in four seasons and is the first receiver in FBS history with four seasons of 900+ yards. Earlier this month he was named the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Davis is now a four-time All-MAC player, including three straight seasons as a first-team selection. He is the first Bronco wide receiver to be named MAC Offensive Player of the Year since Greg Jennings in 2005 and just the second WMU wide receiver to earn the award in program history

His biggest questing was level of competition. "I believe that's the biggest question, just the level of competition," Davis said. "I know a lot of scouts and a lot of the other players think my level of competition wasn't that serious just being from the MAC. But I feel like I can play with the best of them." Now it is his ability to play through a sprained ankle. 

Every single NFL WR has played or is playing through a sprained ankle. "My game tape isn't anything to be ashamed of, especially when we play bigger schools," Davis said. "Just meeting with coaches and doing the medical part," Davis said. "Meeting with coaches, that's the big things. That's probably just as important as the on-field work. I've got the same approach that I do going into a game." Coaches don't care if your ankle hurts. They want to see you taping it up, and shutting up.

He might still become the best WR from this Draft. "I work like I'm the worst receiver in the draft," Davis said, "But my confidence is up there, and I know I'm that top guy." But he's not going before Williams and Ross now. 

Coming from a smaller school, he is going to have to work his ass off to compete in the NFL. "I would say a big thing that separates me from them is my work ethic," Davis said. "You can ask any one of my coaches or players, my work ethic is something that sets me apart from anyone in the country. I always put in extra work and that’s probably because I have that chip on my shoulder. I work like I’m the worst receiver in the draft, but my confidence is up there and I know I’m that top guy." I think he misses the 1st by a whisper.

Corey Davis Vs Eastern Michigan:

The QB will under throw the ball sometimes when he is wide open, and allow the defender to knock the pass down. He lines up outside as the Flanker. He will run downfield like he is running deep, and block the CB downfield. Not a great blocker. They will line him up in the slot, and he can get open running an Out. He puts his hands up so smooth and catches right in front of him with his natural hands.

He does a nice job dragging the WR down field on the Jet sweep to his side. Great quick feet. He can fake an inside release, and then has a great sudden crossover to the outside. Great quickness in pattern. When he gets to the 2nd level and grab shirt, he can hang on very well. He has to get stronger. He still blocks to high, and loses his balance to easily. The CB can push him aside and get him off balance.

He has a nice release, and then makes some nice quick and precise cuts on the 2nd level. He kind of skips forward sometimes on run plays with his hands up looking to block, and can give away the run. Likes to shimmy his feet real quick in place when he fakes. He will line up in the slot, and run screens and fake screens. Runs a nice Dig with some great quick feet to stop and turn with great quickness. 

He will watch the run sometimes, and then see the RB break a tackle, and then turn and charge into the CB and hit him back. Team player, who will go and try to block for teammates, and help them up when they fall. He will tackle the DB when he makes the interception. Nice tackler, who can go low and grab the legs and knock the DB back.

He will takes his eyes off the ball sometimes to peek at the safety, and will drop the ball. He did not play well in the rain against Kent State. He will block for his QB 20-yards downfield when the QB takes off. 

Corey Davis Vs E. Michigan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccakyWEsv90

Corey Davis Vs Wisconsin:

Terrific release. Nice size. Runs a little high, but is shifty with the ball in his hands. Terrific hands. He catches everything thrown to him. Terrific job blocking on the edge for his teammates. Nice job shifting speeds in pattern. I do like his release to the outside shoulder of the CB. Terrific quick feet on release. Nice job using his hands to slap off the CB's hands and run past him. Terrific comeback. He sells the deep route, and then slams his feet to a stop, and his hands are up catching the ball.

Nice job of selling his route, and breaking inside. He can catch the ball thrown a little behind him with his hands. Great natural hands. He is already turning and looking back at the DBs while he is catching the ball. The ball just sees to stick to him sometimes. He is so good that Wisconsin had to call timeout, just because he was all alone on the wide side in the end zone. He can make guys miss on the WR screen, and get more yards than he should.

Great job on the slant inside, and when the QB gets in trouble turning outside to get open. Nice job holding he ball with his big mitts, and straight arming the CB trying to tackle him, and fighting for the 1st down. Terrific using his body to block the CB on the slant. He is so physical with the ball in the air. He is a 1st round pick. 

His QB desperately lofted the ball up towards him, he had a safety behind him, and Shelton boxing him out. He fought his way through Shelton and took that ball from the Wisconsin DB like a pup stealing steak off the table. That was maybe the best catch of the year, because it was a dogfight in the back of the endzone, and he just wouldn't be denied. That is the kind of determination a WR needs to succeed in the NFL. I just worry about the speed.

Corey Davis Vs Wisconsin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knpvPKUhUz4

Davis's Official Bio:

2015: Named 2015 First-Team All-MAC … active leading receiver in FBS with 3,785 career yards … currently 26th in FBS history and fourth in MAC history just 400 yards away from the all-time record in MAC career yards (Jordan White, 4187) … leading active receiver in FBS with 33 career receiving TDs … he finished 2015 fifth in the country and second in the MAC with his 1,436 receiving yards … averaged 6.9 receptions per game in 2015, good for third in the league and 11th nationally … his 12 receiving TDs in 2015 was third in the league and 11th nationally … ended the season with seven straight 100-yard games and nine for the year … hauled in 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown against Michigan State (9/4) … added six catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns against Murray State (9/19) … had six catches for 42 yards at Ohio State (9/26) … brought in seven catches for 113 yards vs. Miami (OH) (10/24) … went over 3,000 career receiving yards at Eastern Michigan (10/29), having seven catches for 105 yards at the Eagles … named MAC POTW for having seven catches for a season-high 163 yards and three touchdowns vs. Ball State (11/5) … had career-high 13 catches for 159 yards vs. Bowling Green (11/11) … caught seven balls for 123 yards including 72-yard catch for touchdown at Northern Illinois (11/18) … scored two receiving TDs on six catches for 139 yards at Toledo … his first TD was career-high 76 yard catch and run … in the bowl game against Middle Tennessee he had eight catches for 183 yards and an 80-yard touchdown (12/24).

2014: Named First Team All-MAC ... Phil Steele All-MAC First Team ... appeared in 12 games, starting in 12 ... finished with career-highs in all receiving categories after 78 receptions for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns ... finished seventh in the nation and first in the MAC in receiving yards ... 15 touchdowns tied him for third-best in the nation ... exceeded 100 yards receiving in eight games ... recorded at least two touchdown receptions in three games ... finished the season with a touchdown reception in 10-straight games ... finished with career-high nine receptions for career-best 212 yards and two touchdowns in win over Ohio and was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week (10/25) ... matched career-high with nine receptions and 104 yards with two touchdowns in win at Central Michigan (11/22) ... became first player in program history to catch more than one touchdown in a bowl game after eight receptions, 176 yards and three touchdowns in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, also earning WMU's MVP honors in the game (12/20).

2013: Named MAC Freshman of the Year ... earned Freshman All-America honors from FWAA and College Football News ... Second Team All-MAC Offense selection ... made first collegiate start at MSU (8/30) with first collegiate TD ... first career 100-yard receiving game vs. Nicholls (9/7) ... scored on 75-yard pass play at Northwestern (9/14) ... third career 100-yd receiving game against BSU (10/19) ... first career 10-catch game for 154 yds and 2 TDs at UMass (10/26) ... amassed 112 yds and a TD at EMU (11/9) ... WMU freshman records for receiving yards (941), receptions (67) and 100-yd games (5).

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