Corey Davis Challenging For Top Wide Receiver Spot in 2017 Draft
Dec 2, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver Corey Davis (84) runs the ball for a touchdown in the first half against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Each year every position group receives grades based on strength of class. Corey Davis knows this is the case for the wide receivers just like others.
Early returns from top experts indicate that the receiving group in the 2017 NFL draft is not expected to be a strong one. At present Clemson standout Mike Williams is the only slam dunk 1st round pick people have built a consensus on since the college season began. It took a little longer than expected, but now those same people are finally starting to notice Davis.
Playing at Western Michigan was partly to blame for it, but like any good player he provided his own hype with actions on the field. From start to finish throughout 2016 he has been borderline unstoppable almost every week. This season he has 1,283 yards and 17 touchdowns. For his entire college career he has 5,061 yards and 50 touchdowns.
He’s produced some memorable performances against top competition too. Putting up 154 yards on Michigan State in 2015 certainly turned some heads. He also posted an incredible 272-yard performance against Ball State. This young man has some serious game.
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There really aren’t many drawbacks to Davis as a player. He’s 6’3″ so he brings good size. The video shows he has both the speed and vision to make things happen after the catch. His hands are soft and reliable. Best of all he’s fairly advanced as a route runner. Odds are the only reason teams will find to drop him on draft boards is because of where he played. From a talent standpoint there is an argument to say he’s just as good as Williams.
Don’t be surprised to hear his name called first among wide receivers this coming April.