Ravens Draft Prospect: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis

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The Baltimore Ravens have a lot of players that they can look at in the draft.

One of the biggest names is Western Michigan’s Corey Davis. Davis has had an illustrious career with the Broncos. Over his four seasons with them, he posted insane numbers.

Davis is seen as one of the top receiving prospects in this upcoming NFL Draft. He is a senior and has risen to heights that haven’t been previously seen by any Western Michigan player, let alone any other college player. On November 25th against Toledo, Davis became the all-time FBS leader in receiving yards, becoming the record holder. The record was once held by Nevada’s Trevor Insley.

Here’s his highlight video:

As one can see, Davis constantly goes up top for passes. His catch radius is unbelievably off of the wall.

According to Rob Rang of CBS Sports, here are his strengths:

Davis sports a tapered, athletic frame with a well-developed upper body. He is a smooth accelerator with a legitimate second gear to track down deep passes and changes directions quickly and with good body control.

Frequently moved to create matchup problems for the defense, Davis has an advanced understanding (compared to most college receivers) of the flanker, splint end and slot responsibilities. Davis is a smooth route-runner who incorporates a series of stutter-steps and shoulder fakes to generate separation. He tracks the ball well over his shoulder, shows the ability to extend and pluck the ball from outside of his frame and is generally a reliable hands catcher, overall.

Given his height, Davis shows impressive agility and acceleration to elude defenders once the ball is in hands, as well as core strength and determination to break tackles.

Here are his weaknesses:

Davis typically looks to release off of press coverage with a quick stutter-step, which is generally effective in getting cleared but disrupts the timing with his quarterback. He could use to develop better hand play in this regard and add more sustained physicality to his game, overall.

Davis does not often enough use his height and leaping ability to win contested passes, only sporadically timing his jump to truly grab the ball at its highest point. Davis needs to show greater hand strength to pull in passes from outside of his frame, rather than allowing them to be broken up by competitive defenders who didn’t give up on the play just because he had put both hands on the ball.

Davis could do a better job of finishing the play as a run blocker, a well, as he can be a bit complacent, only sealing defenders off rather than physically latching on and controlling opponents as his size would suggest is possible.

He had 1,427 yards and 18 TDs in 2016, placing the Broncos at the top of the pack in the MAC. Baltimore could definitely use a player of his caliber in the draft. Breshad Perriman has the potential to be Baltimore’s top receiving threat next season. To maximize his talent, he may need a running mate alongside of him.

Davis, who has a similar skillset to Perriman, could be another target for Joe Flacco to through to. The Ravens were in dire need of another playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. With Davis, the 2017 Ravens offense can take a step forward.

About Kyle Andrews 90 Articles
Born in Norfolk, VA and raised Baltimore, MD. Currently a college student at the University of Baltimore and formerly the sports editor of McDaniel College. Also a former intern of PressBox Online in Baltimore.

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