NAME: Ryan Davis
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 23
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 175 lbs
PROS: Has added much-needed muscle to his frame at Auburn. Playmaker with the ball in his hands, has shown the ability to make defenders miss in space and maximize touches. Quick transitions from receiver to runner. Good field vision to see space and avoid obstacles to work toward it. Vast majority of production came off of what he could create on bubbles, swings and hitches.
Terrific vertical push off the line of scrimmage to force corners to open early. Breaks down and comes back to the ball with good attention to detail (sinking his hips, no wasted steps). Speed to hit the home run after the catch. Seems to have all the traits to develop as a route runner. High-effort player who works for every yard he can get. Has only six career punt returns and zero kickoff returns, but traits would seem to suggest a real candidate in that department.
CONS: Smallish frame is a concern. Doesn’t take many square shots, but will struggle with press coverage and more physical corners in his routes. Almost all of his production came on manufactured touches. Rarely asked to work himself open against man coverage downfield. Almost all of his patterns come within ten yards of the line of scrimmage.
Development in his routes and releases are important. How well he tests at Combine will determine ceiling. Not a true tackle-breaker, and more slippery than athletically elusive in the open field. Usually goes down on the first good contact he receives.
Vertical ability is almost completely unknown. Seems to have speed, but very little production has come down the field. Few high-degree of difficult catches in his career (one vs LSU was outstanding, but stands alone). Catch-radius would seem to be a concern judging from his frame.