PRO 2017 Dynasty Rookie Spotlight: Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan

Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan
Height: 6’2 7/8″
Weight: 209
Hand: 9 1/8″
Arm: 33″

40-yard-dash: 4.46 (projected)
NFL Comparison: Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Leonard Hankerson

– an absolute beast; a rare freak and a man among boys in the Mid-American Conference; finely tuned machine and near-prototype outside threat

– decent size/speed-combo weapon with outrageous ability to outmuscle, out-position and simply dominate competition for contested footballs

– long-armed frame and trunk that can likely fill out 10 more pounds without sacrificing speed or agility

– elite framing, tracking and adjustment-ability to the football in flight; shows flexibility through both the upper and lower halves of his body to bend and twist to open windows

– combination of the factors above has to make him among the highest (if not the highest)-ceiling projection prospect as a red-zone receiving weapon in the 2017 draft

– as physical after catch as he is elusive; it seems like once a game he’s taking a slant route to the house by forcing a missed tackle then hitting the jets

– excellent suddenness, acceleration and most specifically long speed when he turns on the afterburners; can pull away from fast DBs not only at the MAC level but also against P5 competition

as for P5 competition, Western Michigan faced

2016 (senior): Davis stat line
Northwestern: 7-70
Illinois: 4-97
Wisconsin: 6-73-1

2015 (junior)
Michigan State: 10-154-1
Ohio State: 6-42

2014 (sophomore)
Purdue: 4-46-1

2013 (true freshman)
Northwestern: 5-112-1

– per WMU athletics broke the FBS all-time career receiving record with 5,068 yards; became the first player in college football history with more than 5,000 yards, 300 receptions and 50 touchdowns; holds the MAC record with 317 career receptions; had the highest number of touchdown catches in the FBS this season with 17.

– 2016 MAC Offensive Player of the year

– did not participate in 2017 Senior Bowl due to a shoulder; and was technically not on Savage’s naughty list of healthy non-participant invitees

– projects as an outside X WR at the next level, but he was moved all over the formation at WMU and also on numerous types of route concepts; vertical stuff but also lots of posts, digs, outs, hitches and drags; a good enough route-runner to make everything work but not necessarily polished at this time

– big hands; has a natural snatcher’s ability to pluck the football out of the air

– was not recruited heavily due to academic fears; had a difficult upbringing where eventually he moved in with a friend’s family in his junior year of high school

– in all, an elite prospect and an easily justifiable Top 3-5 pick in dynasty pre-NFL draft; depending on NFL landing spot he could rise as high as Top 2 consideration; will be relevant not only in dynasty but also in redraft to at least some degree based on landing spot; one of the players that should be among the highest on your radar as a fantasy and dynasty enthusiast this draft season

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