KFFL Interview: Davone Bess, WR, Hawaii

by Michael Egnak on March 6, 2008 @ 13:06:12 PDT

 


University of Hawaii wide receiver Davone Bess recently interviewed with KFFL.com Wednesday, March 5. The three-year starter declined to play his senior season and is entering the upcoming 2008 NFL Draft as a junior. Playing in Hawaii's run-and-shoot offense, Bess caught at least 89 passes in each of his three seasons as a Warrior while finishing with at least 1,100 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns each year.

The WAC's 2005 Freshman of the Year will look to dispel some of the concerns about his ability to succeed in the NFL. An off-field issue caused him to lose a scholarship to Oregon State and put him in a juvenile facility for 15 months. Given a second chance at the University of Hawaii, Bess was able to show he can be very productive despite his smallish stature. With his NCAA career now behind him, Bess will have to resolve those same concerns again as he makes the jump to the pros.

Table: Davone Bess, Wide Receiver, Hawaai - Career Statistics (2005-07)

Year
GP
GS
Rec
Yds
Avg Yds/Rec
TDs
Avg Yds/G
2005
12
12
89
1,124
12.6
14
93.7
2006
14
14
96
1,220
12.7
15
87.1
2007
13
13
108
1,266
11.7
12
97.4

Michael Egnak: Have you met with many teams at this point?

Davone Bess: I met with quite a few teams. I believe I had five formal interviews with teams.

ME: Which teams would you say are showing the most interest in you?

DB: I met with quite a few teams, and every team I spoke with I got good vibes from. It's just in the air, I really can't tell right now.

ME: Any ideas on where you may go in the NFL Draft?

DB: I did a great job during my interviews with every team I met with. That's pretty much in their hands right now. It's a crazy day, the draft. Anytime you get picked, you get picked.

ME: Which teams or what areas of the country would you like to play in most?

DB: To be honest, it doesn't even really matter. I'll be just so fortunate and so blessed just for the opportunity to get drafted by a team.

ME: What factors caused you to forego your senior season?

DB: A lot of factors. First of all, I met with my coach and we felt it was a great opportunity for me to forego my senior season. I started every game since I was a freshman, haven't missed a game and just ready to take on the next phase of life, the next challenge. Everybody's dream is to play in the NFL and be a professional athlete in sports, and I think I'm ready for that jump.

ME: How do you feel you performed during the NFL Scouting Combine?

DB: I think I had a decent day. I didn't have a really great 40 [40-yard dash] like I wanted to, but other than that I feel like I had a decent performance.

ME: Are you working on anything to improve on for your Pro Day?

DB: I'm working on my starts on my 40 right now. I'm just going to run around some and do my 40 at the Pro Day.

ME: During the Scouting Combine, did teams question you on the incident that caused you to lose your scholarship to Oregon State?

DB: They didn't assume anything, but they definitely asked me. I was very up-front and honest about it. A couple teams didn't even bring it up. I actually threw it out there, because I knew they would come across it somehow or someway. Or either they were just waiting for me to bring it up, so I brought it up myself. Keep it in the open and keep it up front.

ME: Do you feel it may hurt you in the upcoming draft?

DB: No, I don't think so. Not one bit, because it was definitely a one-time deal. It was my first and last time ever being detained, so it was definitely a learning experience and in my past.

ME: Do you feel your receiving numbers over the past three seasons give you an advantage over players who only performed well for one or two years?

DB: A lot of people say it's because of the system and a lot of people watch really good film and say, "This kid's a playmaker." For every pro there's a con. I feel like I worked hard during my time with Hawaii and it paid off. Hopefully some scouts will notice that I'm a hard worker and that I love the game.

ME: How do you respond to people who may think the bulk of your numbers are a result of the system you played in?

DB: I just tell them to throw on the tape. If you watch the tape, everything on the field can assist them. Situations where plays break down, strategizing and make things happen, catching the ball at three-to-five yards and making guys miss and taking them those extra few yards; that's just natural ability and all the work paying off. That's just being the kind of player that makes things happen.

ME: How do you respond to people who may have concerns over your size? Do you respond the same way?

DB: Pretty much. You look at guys in the NFL now like [New England Patriots wide receiver] Wes Welker, [Carolina Panthers wide receiver] Steve Smith, [Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss], [Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver] Hines Ward even; those are guys who have been productive throughout their career. I hope to open some eyes for some teams.

ME: Is there an NFL system you feel best fits your style of play?

DB: Obviously a spread offense. I love to be in a spread offense, but if it so happens I go to a team with a pro offense I don't think it would be a big deal to me adjusting.

ME: Do you see yourself as an inside receiver or do you think you can play outside?

DB: I think I can play both, but a lot of my film is of me inside. So I'm assuming whatever team takes me, I'll play inside.

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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.

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