Dynasty Draft Profile: Geremy Davis
April 15, 2015 | Chad Scott
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*MSYD = % of Team Receiving Yardage
Geremy Davis wins ‘Gladiator drills’ and once hit his teammate – a safety – so hard, the one not named Davis sat out football things for eight weeks. Aside from sharing the art of the arena, Davis also shares the same birthday as me… and we Capricorns stick together.
Davis had one of the most prolific single-seasons in UCONN school history during his junior campaign when he hauled in 71 receptions for 1,085 yards and three touchdowns. Since 1956, Davis holds the school’s career receptions (165) and receiving yards (2292) records – by huge margins.
What Davis failed to accomplish was improving his draft stock in 2014, when his numbers took a decent hit. It wasn’t all on Davis, though. In 2013, Davis credited then interim head coach, TJ Weist, with his overall development as a wide receiver. Weist took over midway through the 2013 season and was let go for now head coach, Bob Diaco. Diaco and his Huskies turned in a dreadful season (2-10) and Davis’ playing time took a major hit for it – missing two and a half games due to a lower leg injury didn’t help either, of course. Although Davis’ playing time and numbers dipped, he still managed to lead the Huskies in receiving in 2014 while maintaining a respectable MSYD% (25%).
Let’s delve into Davis and his physical profile a bit, shall we?
Standing at 6-foot-2, 216 lbs, Davis checks the threshold box for height and weight requirements. His overall combine numbers were solid, but nothing spectacular. He opted out of the 40Yd at the NFL Combine due to a lower leg issue, but ran a 4.48 at his Pro Day on March 31. If you haven’t visited Mockdraftable.com, you should. I’ve referenced PlayerProfiler.com on the site before and it’s basically the same idea. With a simple click of a name, you can pull up a player’s measureables and closest comps – a very fun and interesting tool especially when you can utilize said data for different positions (ie, go to mockdraftable and pull up MyCole Pruitt. Then change ‘Compared to: TE’ to ‘WR’ and check out his comps *googly-eyed emoji*)
Here’s how Davis stacks up (click on Measurements and Comparisons for similar comps):
To take it a step further, one of Twitter’s own had this to say about Davis:
I appreciate the tweets guys, but Geremy Davis is seen by teams as a RB in the NFL, not a WR.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) April 13, 2015
So, with the nifty option of switching positions, we get this:
As most of you know, I’m not a huge metrics guy, just kind of huge. I rely mostly on what my eyes see and that which Rich Hribar spews on The Faked Goods Podcast – so I take those comps with a grain a salt, but certainly don’t dismiss them entirely.
Another club Davis keeps in his bag is/are hands. Per ProFootballFocus.com, Davis tops the college list for drop rate percentage (77/44/44/0%):
Now that I’ve embedded, let’s get to the GIFs! (Disclaimer: I’ve watched all the internet had to offer for Geremy Davis, but our friends at Draftbreakdown.com have only one video for GIFing – just youtube him for more highlights or dig a little deeper for the lowlights.)
Davis has the physical tools to be an NFL wide receiver. His strength at the position was matched only by Kevin White at the Combine (23 repetitions of 225lbs on the bench press) and it shows in his play. He’s the type of receiver who can go up and snatch the ball out of the air while maintaining possession despite landing awkwardly. Like many in his ilk, you want to see these receivers display physicality and toughness in his game, where Davis showed glimpses of:
Who doesn’t like a receiver who drags three defenders with them for a few extra yards?
Again, Davis shows good strength and balance here by avoiding both the sideline and ‘tacklers’ en route to a huge gain. While I’d love to see Davis take this to the house, long speed isn’t his game… although he’s not exactly a turtle, either:
I don’t think Rich or I have mentioned ‘high pointing’ since the induction of these Dynasty Draft Profiles, so… #HighPoint
Davis is far and away one of the more mechanical route runners in this class – or at least of the players Rich made me watch. His stiffness shows out more often than not and has a tendency to telegraph where his route will be going – making it difficult to separate from his defender.
While his strength is a…um… strength, I can’t help but think it hampers him within his routes. I’m not one for hip fluidity, but the Tin-Man thinks this dude needs some WD-40 in the joints.
As mentioned before, Davis failed to capitalize on his breakout junior season and lost playing time and targets to younger and less experienced players. Whether or not it was because of performance or coaching doesn’t really matter. I have to assume the best players play and Davis was the odd man out far too many times in 2014 despite his career accolades.
While Davis is being projected as a third day draft prospect (rds. 6-7), he currently owns a rookie draft stock of ZERO, according to our friends at DLF. Not once was Davis drafted in rookie mocks in April, yet seven tight ends not named Maxx Williams came off the board (Disclaimer #2: Do us a favor, don’t draft a TE in this class, unless Williams falls stupidly low, of course).
For now, Davis is just a guy to keep tabs on– see where he lands. If landing destination fits the bill (bleak depth chart), throw a dart on UCONN’s career receiving leader and hope it’s that triple 20.