While everyone pines for Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, many seem to forget that there are several quality prospects at the wide receiver position in 2007. Craig Davis, 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds, started 25 games in his four-year career with the Louisiana State Tigers. He's just one of seven in the school's history to break 2,000 receiving yards. He finished his tenure at LSU with 141 receptions, 2,107 yards and seven touchdowns.
Davis was rated Louisiana's best receiver coming out of high school. He earned national blue-chip recognition and was named an All-American by SuperPrep. A versatile player, he saw action as his school's punter, place kicker and quarterback as well.
His best year came in 2006, his senior year with the team. Davis started 12 games with the team, finishing with 56 receptions for 834 yards and four scores. He also served as a punt returner for the team, averaging 12.9 yards per return. Considered to have one of the more reliable sets of hands on the team, LSU would look for Davis on critical third-down passes.
In addition to his reliable hands, Davis also possesses good speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also ran the 10-yard dash in 1.61 seconds and the 20-yard dash in 2.63 seconds. At his Pro Day March 14, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds. Davis also measured a 36.5-inch vertical jump while working out for scouts at Louisiana State.
With solid vertical speed, Davis is able to stretch opposing defenses. A combination of his size, speed and agility allows him to overmatch some defensive backs, giving him an advantage in the open field. Those attributes also allow him to get in a good position to make the catch, making him a valuable target to quarterbacks.
Davis is also an asset in terms of blocking. He's aggressive and capable of actually blocking, instead of just throwing his body against a rushing defender in hopes of slowing him down.
While Davis has good speed, he's not a particularly quick player. He doesn't get off the line very fast, and it takes him a little longer to accelerate than some other receivers.
Durability is another issue with Davis. While he hasn't missed an extensive amount of time, minor ailments tend to keep him sidelined from time to time. He missed two games in 2003 after breaking a bone in his elbow during a scrimmage in August. In 2005 he suffered a concussion, which caused him to miss two games, and plantar fasciitis in his left foot caused him to miss a third game. Last year he suffered a knee sprain, which caused him to miss one game. To top it off, a strained right groin prevented him from doing agility tests at the NFL Combine.
Davis also isn't big on getting hit in the open field. He does perform well as a blocker, but he sometimes pauses when playing in a crowd.
Louisiana State wide receiver Craig Davis is one of those prospects that should go in the first day of the 2007 NFL Draft. Most agree that he's one of the top 10 receivers in this year's draft. He's likely to be gone by the time the fourth round rolls around, and he could be taken as high as near the end of the second round.
About Michael Egnak
Michael Egnak is a Hot Off The Wire Analyst at KFFL and has been with the company since 2005. Covering both NFL and MLB, Egnak is also a key contributor to KFFL's fantasy services.
Don't miss these great reports....