Scouting Profile: Wide Receiver Corey Davis
Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Weight: 209 lbs.
Hands: 9 1/8”
There’s debate over who the No. 1 wide receiver should be in this year’s draft, but my choice would be Western Michigan’s Corey Davis. He’s a wide receiver who can be used all over the formation and has the body to withstand the hits. For the team that drafts him, let’s talk about what they’re getting.
Davis is a playmaker, plain and simple. What he does with the ball in his hand is arguably the most impressive in the draft class, which says something with guys like John Ross and Curtis Samuel in this draft. His ability to catch the ball while being aware of his surroundings is special, as he jukes cornerbacks out of their cleats before turning around. If by some case he can’t juke them, his stiff arm is just plain nasty.
He carries his 6’3” frame well, running routes with more precision than you’d think for someone of that size. One of his negatives is that he doesn’t have elite speed, but he does creates enough separation in his routes to make life easier on his quarterback, attacking the ball when he has to. There were plenty of times watching his film where he bailed out his quarterback Zach Terrell. He’s the type of wide receiver that makes his quarterback look better, not the other way around.
You could argue that he’d fit in any offense, whether it be as the focal point, or a top-tier No. 2 receiver in an offense. The ideal fit for him, though, would be with a team in need of a possession-style receiver who already has a field stretcher in place. That way Davis would be able to work the underneath routes, which is where he excels.
Potential landing spot
He has the ability to become a starter in the league immediately, so he’ll go to a team that has a void at the position. The team that makes the most sense to me at this time would be the Titans. They have come forward and said they will address the wide receiver position and won’t be afraid to spend. While they have plenty of issues on defense to address, they have the ammunition needed to get Davis with one of their two first round picks. Other teams drafting in the first round that should have the most interest include: Bills, Cardinals, Seahawks, Chiefs, Cowboys, and Bears.
When watching Davis, I’m reminded of a young Brandon Marshall. He has solid hands, though he will have mental errors at times, leading to drops. Similar to Marshall, Davis has full control of his body, runs great routes, and is a monster after a catch. He can go deep, but that’s not what he’ll be known for. He is a bit smaller than Marshall, but they play similarly.