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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:33 pm    Post subject: 96th Overall Pick: RB Knile Davis, Arkansas Reply with quote



Height: 5'10"
Weight: 227 lbs
Arm Length: 29 3/4"
Hands: 8 5/8"
40 Time: 4.37 seconds
20 yd Shuttle: 4.38 seconds
3 cone: 6.96 seconds
Bench Press: 31 reps
Vertical: 33.5"
Long Jump: 10'8"


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Strengths
Big-bodied, north-south runner. Has a thick lower-body build and runs with enough forward lean to run through arm tackles. Agile enough to spin off tackles inside and hurdle would-be tacklers in the open field. Can use the strength he builds in the weight room to be a physical pass protector, aware enough to hit multiple targets. Provides some receiving skills as a check-down option over the middle and handling good throws in the flat. Tested very well in all combine drills.
Weaknesses
Has a long injury history, missing time or playing hurt in every season of his college career, in addition to the final two years of his of his high school career. Runs a bit top-heavy, gets tripped up easily in space, especially before he gets his head of steam. Inconsistent taking on tacklers at the second level, will try to run around them instead of using his strength. Inconsistent protecting his quarterback, resorts to (and misses) cut blocks. Lack of hip flexibility hurts his ability to adjust to poor throws as a receiver. Was unable to display adequate foot quickness in his final season. Despite workout speed, he rarely shows it on the field.
NFL Comparison
Shonn Greene
Bottom Line
Davis is a bruising back who has struggled with injuries since high school, lost his entire 2011 season due to a broken ankle, and failed to look like the same player in 2012 as he was in 2010. In Indianapolis, Davis put together one of the best workouts of any prospect at the position, so a team might grow fond of his athletic upside. His power and burst in the open field make him tough to stop when all his parts are in working order; but this has proved to be a struggle for Davis.


Okay, so since I'm a Razorbacks fan, I'll shed some light on this pick. Before the injury, I had him as a lock for a top 10 pick. After his injury, he lost pretty much all of his burst coming out of his cuts. He's also had some fumbling issues recently. His power and vision is definitely not in question. His 40 time at the combine was MUCH faster than I expected him to run, but if you look at his 3 cone and shuttle times, you'll see that his quickness and burst are still very much in question. The bottom line? I love his fit in a ZBS as a compliment to Charles.

Love. This. Pick.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't get the Greene comp. a lot faster not as physical and a better receiver.

He has a lot to work on but doesn't have to play right away with JC and Cyrus. Hopefully he'll return to his before-acl Davis.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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After his injury, he lost pretty much all of his burst coming out of his cuts

This seems like a very big issue. Dont get me wrong, I like the pick, but this worries me.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a fan of the pick. Injury and fumbling problems? Guy was also projected by many to go in the 6th round. Would have much rather spent the pick on a safety or linebacker.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Don't get the Greene comp. a lot faster not as physical and a better receiver.


He's every bit as physical as Greene is. Dude trucks people with ease. I'd compare him more to a Rashard Mendenhall than a guy like Greene, though. Good hands, good top end speed, good vision and average quickness/agility.

He's literally a perfect fit for a ZBS. Pretty patient runner. He'll be a perfect compliment to Charles in this system.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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After his injury, he lost pretty much all of his burst coming out of his cuts

This seems like a very big issue. Dont get me wrong, I like the pick, but this worries me.


Maybe part of it was he just didn't trust his body after the injury and didn't wanna re-injurehihimelf?
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After his injury, he lost pretty much all of his burst coming out of his cuts

This seems like a very big issue. Dont get me wrong, I like the pick, but this worries me.


I'm not. As the season went on this year, his agility seemed to slowly come back, but it just never got back to what it was pre-injury. Here, watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRLW_EbJcUg

He has a 2nd gear once he gets to the open field and with how beastly our O-line looks right now (and with Fasano, Moeaki and Kelce blocking on the perimeter), he should see the open field a lot. He's a damn good short yardage back and he can make you pay when he's in space. He just doesn't have the cat-like agility he had before the injury. That's all. I guess I probably worded that too strongly in the OP.

Simply put, this is a pick everyone should be very happy about.
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We have Charles, Draughn, and we drafted Cyrus Gray last year.. McCluster even gets carries. I don't think this was a wise 3rd ROUND pick, there is other positions we could have used this pick on. So far not a fan.

As well, don't forget about Patrick DiMarco and Nate Eachus.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here, watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRLW_EbJcUg

lol, no lie....I just watched that video before reading your post and thought to myself...man he doesnt seem to be slow out of his breaks.

Good pick, even if hes from arkansas....from a mizzou fan.
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We have Charles, Draughn, and we drafted Cyrus Gray last year.. McCluster even gets carries. I don't think this was a wise 3rd ROUND pick, there is other positions we could have used this pick on. So far not a fan.

As well, don't forget about Patrick DiMarco and Nate Eachus.


Just try to keep in mind that Davis was a 5 star recruit out of high school. He has an elite combination of speed and size. If he can get back his short area quickness, this pick will end up being a HUGE steal for us. He was on his way to being the next Run DMC before he got injured. He's a beast.

Draughn, DMX and Gray all lack at least one of the traits Davis has. The pick makes a lot of sense if you think it through.
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We have Charles, Draughn, and we drafted Cyrus Gray last year.. McCluster even gets carries. I don't think this was a wise 3rd ROUND pick, there is other positions we could have used this pick on. So far not a fan.

As well, don't forget about Patrick DiMarco and Nate Eachus.

I think his receiving ability plays a big part into this selection. He can be used as a check down and in the screen game with his patience and vision...and andy reid loves screens.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should be an exciting camp battle between Davis and Gray. This offense is so diverse now. You can run 2 TE sets. 2 RB sets with all being able to catch the ball. 4 & 5 WR sets. Reid is gonna have fun.
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I think his receiving ability plays a big part into this selection. He can be used as a check down and in the screen game with his patience and vision...and andy reid loves screens.


Definitely a factor. He's very rarely caught from behind.

Put it this way:

Arrow Jamaal Charles ran a 4.37 forty yard dash at the combine at 195 lbs.
Arrow Knile Davis ran a 4.37 forty yard dash at the combine at 227 lbs.

That stat alone should give everyone optimism.
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Should be an exciting camp battle between Davis and Gray. This offense is so diverse now. You can run 2 TE sets. 2 RB sets with all being able to catch the ball. 4 & 5 WR sets. Reid is gonna have fun.


Yes Reid is going to have fun but I would have preferred some defensive help.
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Guy didn't impress me even when he was healthy.

Maybe its because I'm a Bama fan though. Laughing

Just seems like to much of a Pioli pick for my liking, good player with very questionable health that could "pan out" if healthy dunno.
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