Arkansas Running Back Knile Davis Answers Critics at NFL Scouting Combine

By Curt Popejoy
Knile Davis
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The past 2 seasons for University of Arkansas running back Knile Davis have been forgettable to say the least. After missing all of 2011 with an ankle injury, Davis struggled to get healthy in 2012 and when he did, the Razorbacks offense was so far out of sync, Davis was lost in the offense, found himself on the sidelines, and when he was on the field could never get any traction.

If you wanted to see what Davis was capable of, you have to look back to 2010 when Davis showed his amazing potential. He showed the quickness and cutback ability that helped him gain more than 1,300 yards as a sophomore. His combination of size and speed stood out among the best running backs in the country.

So going into the NFL scouting combine, Davis understood that he needed to have a great workout in order to open scout’s eyes to his potential and send them running back for some viable film on him. And at 6-1 and 228lbs Davis put on a show. He started off with a more an impressive 31 reps of 225lbs on bench press. The top number for all running backs. He followed that up with an official 4.37 time in the 40 yard dash at 228lbs. This was second to Auburn running back Antonio McCalebb, who ran .03 faster with 60lbs less body weight. It makes what Davis did even more impressive.

But what will this mean for his draft stock? I suppose results are mixed. Many didn’t even consider Davis a draftable prospect prior to the combine, so if he can find his way to the 4th or 5th round at this point he should feel really good about things. But the shortcomings of Davis’ game are still there. He’s got issues with ball security and a long and sorted injury history. No amount of fast 40 times can make up for that. Any team that drafts Davis will be rolling the dice on past performance and an impressive combine workout. But if Davis can be had late enough he’ll be an excellent value, especially for a team that runs a zone run game where Davis’ ability to make one cut and get to top speed would be maximized. Best of luck to Davis, one of my favorite players in all of college football.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.


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