As we’ve done in years past, we’re doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. See the full list of players we’ve covered so far here.
Background: Davis was a high school quarterback and receiver and he played both spots during his freshman year in Blacksburg. Rather than sit behind Tyrod Taylor, Davis moved to receiver but a right shoulder injury during preseason forced Davis to redshirt 2008. While he had a minor while in 2009, Davis’ role grew in 2010 as he started two games. In 2011, Davis started eight games but missed time in two games with a sprained right foot. Davis ended third on the team in receiving (30-510, 5 TD) behind Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin. As a senior, Davis led the Hokies with 51 catches for 953 yards and five scores, but was at the mercy of his quarterback, who had an abysmal season. During the initial scouting process, some analysts had Davis as a middle round prospect but in his year to stand out the team lagged and made it hard for him. As the Draft approached it was thought that Davis could be a Day Three player, but concerns about past injuries, his blocking, his raw skillset and even how NFL teams viewed his agent are all possibilities. Either way, Davis went undrafted and was signed by the Giants and then shortly thereafter cut. It is obvious that Davis’s game needs some polish, but with a lack of talent at the position, the Jets might be the right team help him along.
2013 Projection: Davis is going to have to work hard to improve his technique, but he appears to have all the physical tools with which to work. Marty Morhinweg’s offense needs a few burners to get deep, but it also needs players who have the size and physicality to play the possession game when required. The Jets are short at wide receiver and need to be creative about how they fill out their roster. There’s no downside to picking up a player like Davis. 6’3″ 233 pound receivers with 4.5 40 yard dash speed who can bench 225 19 times are hard to come by and Sanjay Lal is the right type of coach to help out. He’s worked with DHB in Oakland and now Stephen Hill (a player CBS Sports compared Davis to), so what’s one more freakishly gifted athlete who needs serious technique refinement? It’s going to be hard for Davis to make the roster, but the opportunity is there for him. I’d be shocked if the Jets don’t try to make him a practice squad player at least for the start of the season.