Photo of Robert Davis
Drafted By: Redskins

Combine Results

Grade
5.39 ?
  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 41.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 136.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.48 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Washington is a height/weight/speed developmental athlete who tested exceptionally well during predraft workouts. Davis won't see many targets in 2017, but he has big-play potential down the road if coaches can help weld together his traits with the baseline nuances of the position. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 219LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Davis wasn't recruited heavily out of high school because he played in a run-oriented offense, but the relative of longtime Carolina Panther Thomas Davis finished his career as the Panthers' all-time leading receiver (beating Kansas City Chiefs Albert Wilson's records). He was the team's second-leading receiver as a true freshman (44-711, four touchdowns) and then garnered honorable mention All-Sun Belt honors in 2014 with 50 catches for 732 yards and two scores. The next two seasons, Davis was a first-team all-conference pick, averaging 16.1 yards per catch in 2015 (61-980, six TD) and leading the Sun Belt in receiving yards per game (77.8, 67-968) and averaging 43.8 yards on his five touchdowns in 2016.

Analysis

Strengths

Big body with an NFL frame to bang. Bodies through his routes and uses size to push back against force. Former high school basketball player with high-point timing and above average ball skills in a crowd. Long arms and big hands give him extended catch radius. Has decent foot quickness for his size and should be able to see results from more route work on the next level. Able to go up and make athletic, twisting adjustments in mid-air to pull in errant passes. Can secure the catch through punishing hits.

Weaknesses

Plays with tight hips and little sink into routes causing prolonged braking before opening. Route running is extremely raw. Routes are very rounded, lacking definition and effectiveness. Needs to leverage defenders back inside on his deep work to create more catch space to the boundary. Will sit and wait on throws rather than working back aggressively. Lacking in long speed. Will glide on some deep routes rather than continuing to crank it full speed throughout the route. Won't get away from tackler very often after the catch.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

NFL Comparison

Aaron Dobson

Bottom Line

On the surface, Davis is a big receiver who lacks deep speed and has a hard time creating clean passing windows for quarterbacks. However, he's a decent athlete who could benefit greatly from extended route work and learning the nuances of the position. Davis is a project with some moldable traits who may have enough talent to find his way into the league once his skills and fundamentals are honed. Davis could be a practice squad stash with the ability to grow into an NFL backup.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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