Mike Davis seemed like a player that was going to be a surefire draft pick going into the 2014 NFL Draft as he had a ton of interest from numerous teams. Instead, Davis went undrafted and the Oakland Raiders were there to swoop him up. Despite going undrafted, the Texas product has a ton of potential and he could make an impact as early as his rookie season.
At 6’1″, 195 pounds, Davis’ size and frame leaves much to be desired, but Smith has game-breaking speed and the tools to be an intriguing player for the Raiders in their offense. An injury kept him from running at the NFL Scouting Combine, but at the Texas Pro Day, Davis ran a 4.50 40-yard dash and that’s where he will be used in the NFL. Davis has long arms and big hands. He is quick off the ball and his best asset to an NFL team is taking the top of the defense. That means that he will flourish in vertical offenses.
Davis played against some of the best competition in college football in the Big 12 and that is important to NFL teams. The biggest knock on Davis is that he is a body-catcher, but that is something he can easily fix with some coaching. As of now, Oakland’s receivers in front of Davis are James Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes. Davis has the talent to be the No. 2 receiver by the end of the year. The Raiders may lean on the run this year and that will set up the deep ball for quarterback Matt Schaub. That’s where Davis can find success in his rookie year.