Will Davis-Cornerback Utah St. - USA TODAY Sports
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The Denver Broncos continue to meet with Draft prospects at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The illustrious Andrew Mason reported a formal team interview with another Cornerback.
Will Davis is a 5’11", 186 lb. 1 year Letterman for the Aggies. He is ranked 14th out of 255 Cornerback prospects and 123rd overall for the 2013 NFL Draft. His 40 Time at the Combine was 4.51 seconds and he is projected as a 4th round pick.
#17 Will Davis
Born May 8, 1990 (22)
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Honors: Academic All-WAC (2011).
Arm Length-31 1/2"
20 YD Shuttle-4.02
Lateral Agility Score-0.49
Will played 26 games (18 starts) in 2 seasons for Utah State after transferring from Junior College. He made 99 Tackles, 8 Tackles For Loss, broke up 28 passes and Intercepting 5 while taking one back for six points.
Davis is a tremendous athlete with good size and speed. He can jump and run, and is physical and strong. He has the ability to be a press cover corner and has exceptional on-ball skills.
Will enjoyed an unexpected breakout season as a Senior in 2012. He played in 13 games, recording 64 Tackles, 4.5 TFL’s, 17 Pass Breakups, and five Interceptions including a Pick-six. He was named first-team All-WAC.
In 2011, Will played in all 13 games, making five starts. He recorded 35 Tackles and finished the year tied for third on the team with 6 Pass Breakups as well as having 3.5 TFL’s to rank 8th on the team. Davis had a season-high 10 Tackles against Idaho and 7 vs. Nevada.
During his JUCO days, he earned 1st-team all-Golden Gate Conference and 1st-team all-state honors after posting 8 Interceptions, returning two for Touchdowns at De Anza (Calif.) College. Will also tallied 38 Tackles, helping the Dons to the Golden Gate Conference title and the Central Division Bowl. He originally enrolled at Western Washington, but the program was cut during his redshirt-freshman season.
Davis only played one year of football in High School, earning three letters in basketball and four in track.
NFL.COM DRAFT GRADE-71.0
STRENGTHS: Davis possesses a long, lean build ideally suited to the Corner position. An extremely fluid and coordinated athlete, he is a loose-hipped athlete with good balance and overall fluidity to change directions. He has the ability to drive on the football and break up passes. Tracks the football well and can get his hands on the deep throw. He uses his hands through the route, not afraid to get physical, but is not overly grabby. Shows good leaping ability, timing and body control to compete for jump-balls.
Will is an accomplished press corner with the arm-length, fluidity and aggression to perform well in this role in the NFL. He does possess some natural return ability, with 3 "Pick Sixes" over the last three seasons. a reliable downfield tackler, Davis has good recognition of his containment responsibilities versus the run and works to funnel the action back inside toward his teammates.
WEAKNESSES: Will has limited football experience and legitimate level of competition questions, as he has only one season as the full-time starter at Utah State. Hecould stand to add more weight and strength as well. Over aggressive by nature, Davis can get caught biting on double moves and shows less than ideal makeup speed to recover when beaten initially.
A bit of a finesse defender, Davis has issues with beating blocks from bigger physical receivers.Will has a tendency to lower his head and give sub-par tackling efforts. He definitely could use some coaching up on his technique.
NFL COMPARISON: Alterraun Verner (Titans), Richard Marshall (Dolphins)
After a strong senior season, Will Davis created some buzz as a possible early round draft choice, but so far through two [Senior Bowl] practices, he hasn't lived up to those expectations. He has struggled on an island in man coverage, playing undisciplined and often getting turned around by receivers. Davis has the athleticism and ability to potentially start at the next level, but he needs to do a better job staying balanced to anticipate routes and gain accurate position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
Will Davis vs Louisiana Tech 2012
Will Davis vs San Jose State (2012)
Will Davis vs New Mexico State and Utah 2012
Davis is intriguing because of his natural athleticism, football instincts and work ethic. In the last three years, he has gone from a Division-II nobody to a bona-fide NFL prospect and one of the better Cornerbacks in the class of 2013.
His top performances in the 3-Cone and 20 Yard Shuttle as well as a good Lateral Agility score demonstrate excellent closing speed and Change of Direction. To me, those take precedence to his very acceptable but not elite 4.51 40 Time.
Davis would be a bargain as a 4th round draft pick and would probably go higher in another year's draft class. The depth this year will keep him available. I see him developing into a starter after a season with the Strength and Conditioning coaches as well as improving his Tackling.
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