NFL Draft Scouting Report: Corey Davis

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Western Michigan
Wide Receiver #84
Senior 6’3″ 209

  • 2016 Mid-American Conference player of the Year
  • All Time Leader in receiving yards in FBS history
  • 2014-2016 All First Team Mac Selection
  • Four-year starter
  • Attacks defenders like running back after the catch
  • YAC (Yards after the catch)
  • High points ball
  • Competes for football
  • Polished route runner
  • Excellent concentration
  • Strong hands
  • Did competition inflate numbers?
  • 16 drops over the past three seasons
  • Injuries forced him to miss combine and pro day workouts

Corey Davis is one of the most productive wide receivers in the history of college football. Davis enters the NFL as the all time leader in receiving yards in FBS history. The 2016 MAC Offensive player of the year, Davis was a key piece to a team that started the season 13-0 before losing to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.

As a four year contributor,  Davis lined up both inside and outside and is a well groomed route runner for the NFL. Arguably the best part of his game is the high YAC (yards after catch) that Davis consistently garners. Western Michigan routinely attempted to get him the ball via slants, screens or reverses. When Davis is in the open field, he attacks defensive backs engaging in contact and using a stiff arm to create further separation.

Davis almost never goes down with the first defensive back and you can see his ability to take a simple slant pattern and turn it into a big gain. I highlighted this play due the completion he was playing as he avoided two defenders before being tackled by the third against a Big Ten defense.

Davis doesn’t just work the middle of the field however. He has shown the ability to take the top off the defense with his speed and ability to high point the football. In the below clip he adjusts to an under-thrown ball and is able to catch it over the defender who is in position to make the play.

Despite Davis not running at the combine or his pro day to an ankle injury, he is still arguably the premier wide receiver prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. With his biggest criticism coming from the level of competition Davis is one of the more intriguing players in this years Draft.

Games Watched: Wisconsin 2016, Ball State 2016, Buffalo 2016, Toledo 2016, Michigan State 2015, Bowling Green 2015.

Round Value: 1st Round.

Player Comparison: Terrell Owens

While I hate comparing prospects to any future Hall of Famer, this comparison  just makes to much sense. With that being said, this is certainly the ceiling for Corey Davis as his body type, level of completion and knocks are all similar. Both Davis and Owens came out of a smaller school and had occasional drops throughout their colligate careers. Like Owens, Davis does his best work with the ball in his hands and is extremely difficult  for any defensive back to bring down.

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