NAME: Felton Davis III
SCHOOL: Michigan State
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 18
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 195 lbs
Route Running –Struggles in reps needing to cross the face of his defender, won’t sell routes with convincing effort and doesn’t have the short area quickness to step quickly down and gain positioning. Would like to see a greater effort to work back to the football.
Hands –Every other rep seems to bring a different result: a poor drop right in the palms or a spectacular catch with a defender draped on his frame. Will need to dial in on concentration and see the ball all the way into his hands before looking up for any arriving defenders.
Contested Catch Ability –Has made big time catches in big time situations, particularly on back shoulder throws. Had good chemistry with his quarterback to extend and arm and flip back late for the ball. Has some high point ability as well thanks to lengthy catch radius.
Run After Catch Ability –Has gotten caught in footraces when looking to turn up the field. Does not have any notable amounts of contact balance or strength to press would be tacklers away from his body and clear a space to manufacture yardage on his own.
Football IQ –Has shown some poor spatial awareness, running himself too tight to the boundary and stepping out of bounds prematurely or costing himself a reception by not getting the foot in bounds. Can struggle at times picking the ball up in flight and will have the ball eat him up.
Vertical Receiving –Due to a lack of long speed, doesn’t have a lot of success getting over the top of defenders. Won’t be a player who tests vertical coverage with success. Physical limitations figure to be significant barriers to improvement.
Change of Direction Skills –Long limbs cause labored breaks, takes long steps and sharp angles are hindered as a result. Has a subtle ability to slide laterally and slip a tackler after the catch. Most effective with sudden deceleration to flip shoulders back to his passer on back shoulder throws.
Speed –Struggles to stack defenders playing off his hip at the line of scrimmage. Does not possess the needed acceleration off of the line of scrimmage to pressure off coverage either, defenders consistently sit on his route stems and attempt to jump the ball.
Competitive Toughness –Is up and down. Frustrating flashes of complacency at the catch point are then followed with terrific individual efforts to out-wrestle defenders for the football. Does not play a physical brand of football, nor does he offer anything as a blocker despite length and size.
Blocking Ability –Has ample traits to be an effective blocker but thin, wiry frame prevents any impact as a receiver to jolt a defensive back and create winning momentum at first contact. Best hopes are to frame the block properly and let the back cut off of his hip.
BEST TRAIT – Change of Direction Skills
WORST TRAIT – Hands
BEST FILM – Penn State (2017)
WORST FILM – Notre Dame (2017)
RED FLAGS – 2018 Achilles Tear
Felton Davis III projects as a depth receiver who can fulfill a niche in a receiving room. Davis’ success on back shoulder throws and high point catches in the red zone will bring some value, but he requires a lot of development. Too inconsistent against physical coverage and with his hands, Davis III also must return from a difficult injury to find the field in the NFL.