Why Mike Davis Needs to Stay With the Texas Longhorns
Mike Davis, wide receiver for the Texas Longhorns, was all set to enter the NFL draft earlier in the day on Jan. 10, but now it seems he is reconsidering his options and is unclear whether he will stay at the NCAA level or go pro. Well allow me to clarify the picture a little bit for young Mr. Davis.
Sure Davis had 57 catches for 939 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012 for the Longhorns, but recent memorable Texas wide outs haven’t fared too well at the professional level. Take Roy Williams who never fully lived up to his potential, or Limas Sweed who is currently playing in the Canadian Football League. Most recently one could point to Jordan Shipley who appeared in six games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL season. Then consider that all of those guys are better players than Davis.
Davis is a talented WR and had flashes of brilliance in 2012, but he needs to work on being more consistent. The biggest problem that Davis has is dropping balls. I’m convinced that “Magic Mike” gave himself that nickname, because the only thing magic about Davis is his ability to make touchdown opportunities disappear by dropping passes. Davis needs to hone his skills and the best way for him to do that is by staying at Texas.
With Major Applewhite running the Texas offense, David Ash is only going to get better as a QB, which means that Davis’ numbers will improve in the 2013 season. Ash had some issues with the long ball at times in 2012, but next season he should be putting up more catchable balls, and with Davis’ aforementioned issue with drops, the more catchable the better. The Longhorns will be a better team in 2013 and Davis would be doing himself a huge favor if he decides to return to Texas.
Davis has apparently been told that he might be a third-round pick if he enters the draft this year, but I think that is a highly optimistic appraisal.
Davis needs to come back to Texas because he needs to improve on his skills as a wide receiver, and with the Longhorns looking to be a much better team all around in 2013 that should be easy to do. If Davis does decide to enter the draft he should get comfortable with the idea of being on a practice squad, or more likely, as his nickname would suggest, working in a male strip club. I love you Mike, but you would be a damn fool to try and go pro now. Come back to Texas. It is the best thing for you and for the Longhorns.