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Charles Davis

Charles Davis


Charles Davis joined NFL Media in 2006 and currently serves as an analyst on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" and "Around the League." A former defensive back at the University of Tennessee, Davis also provides in-depth college football and draft analysis for the network's "Path to the Draft" show.


May

The draft gives us a good look at the future of the NFL each year, but it also tells us something about the current state of college football. So, what did we learn about the college game this time around? Here are some of my observations: It's a... more

The draft is behind us, but I hope college football players followed the process from start to finish because there were some valuable lessons to be gleaned. Here's a look at six of those lessons the prospects of the future should carry with them as... more

Given the rare depth of this draft, teams that miss out on a first-tier player at a position of need early on might not have much reason to hang their heads -- second-tier prospects have plenty of promise to offer this year at most positions. Here's... more

April

After months of speculation, the finish line is in sight -- the NFL draft is just nine days away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their draft boards. The path to the draft has been perilous for some top prospects, though. Here's a look at... more

With 15 days to go until NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell officially puts the Houston Texans on the clock at Radio City Music Hall, it's high time I joined colleagues Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah with my own rankings of the top prospects in the 2014 NFL... more

Prospects are seeing their respective stocks rise, fall, and, in some cases, rise again as draft season unfolds. Just in the past couple weeks, Pitt QB Tom Savage has gone from also-ran to one of the most talked about players in this year's class and is... more

Intrigue about teams that might be willing to trade up in this year's draft is growing stronger as we get closer to the start of the first round, and there is speculation that we'll see a flurry of wheeling and dealing when the bell rings on May 8. With... more

We're hearing a lot of buzz about the tall trees at wide receiver in this year's draft. Texas A&M's Mike Evans (6-foot-5 ) could go in the top 10 and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin (6-5) is a likely first-rounder. There are quite a few members of... more

The Patriots' visits with Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater raised eyebrows last week, but it made plenty of sense. While those two QBs might not fall into the Patriots' lap, Tom Brady isn't going to play forever, although he's still one of the... more

Even though they're all pouring over the same game film, workouts from the NFL Scouting Combine and pro-day performances, we're not going to get all NFL evaluators on the same page when it comes to certain draft prospects. There are always some players... more

My advice to Jadeveon Clowney on the eve of his pro day is to resist the temptation of trying to one-up the show Johnny Manziel put on at his workout last week. Jones: Chronicling Clowney's climb Jadeveon Clowney has enjoyed a meteoric rise -- but... more

March

The Texans might not have made up their mind about what quarterback they will draft this year, but we know they do intend to pick one -- Texans coach Bill O'Brien told "NFL AM" earlier this week there's no question Houston will draft a quarterback.... more

It appears we can't yet rule out the possibility that the Eagles are headed for a breakup with DeSean Jackson. Battista: Parsing the DeSean drama Chip Kelly's always guarded, so ambiguity on the DeSean  Jackson front is no surprise. Judy Battista... more

With March Madness kicking into high gear this week and pro-day season in full bloom, here's a look at five 2014 NFL Draft slam dunks -- five beliefs about this year's prospects that I feel strongly about. Sammy Watkins will not be latest top-10 WR... more

The draft process has a way of turning conventional wisdom on its head multiple times before we actually get to the draft. It wasn't too long ago that Khalil Mack , Greg Robinson were relatively unknown -- now they are each considered the top player at... more

This year's draft could produce some highly intriguing NFL tandems, especially if the double-down strategy is the prevailing one early in the first round. The Texans, mulling their options with the No. 1 overall pick, have greater needs elsewhere,... more

I'm unveiling my defensive draft sleepers today after revealing my offensive sleepers earlier this week . These prospects might not hear their name called on the first or second day of this year's draft (perhaps not even on the third day), but NFL history... more

NFL history is rich with players that were mid- to late-round draft picks or undrafted free agents who went on to become stars in the league when they were given a chance to shine. With that in mind, I thought we should take a look at prospects that might... more

February

With the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, here's a look at five players who established momentum in Indianapolis and five who will need to use their pro day to alleviate concerns: 5 who helped themselves Aaron Donald , DT, Pitt Donald... more

It seems like everyone is riding the Sammy Watkins bandwagon this draft season, and I get it -- I think Sammy Watkins is a stud -- but I think Marqise Lee is being overlooked among this year's top wide receiver prospects. Lee could be the best... more

UCLA's Anthony Barr is the latest elite prospect to declare himself "the best player available " in this year's draft, and it's safe to say he won't be the last. I liked hearing it from Barr, though. No one expects him to have his name called first May... more

It's smokescreen season in the NFL, and we all know there will be some draft rumors over the next few months that we will be able to cast aside relatively quickly. The talk that Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles could be the 2014 NFL Draft 's... more

As we move closer to the next big step in the draft process -- the combine (Feb. 19-25) -- I don't think anyone should underestimate what Dee Ford did for his draft stock at the Senior Bowl. He created plenty of buzz with his performance, and the high... more

January

No Senior Bowl quarterback has had a better week of practice than Derek Carr, and NFL evaluators are taking notice. He's answering the questions people had about his game. There were doubts about his arm strength coming into the week and I think he's... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- The buzz around Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo isn't dying down. It started during the season, when he threw for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns. It is continuing to build this week, as he earned a spot in the Senior Bowl with his... more

Indications are the Cleveland Browns are very interested in drafting Johnny Manziel , which makes plenty of sense. This situation isn't without its head-scratchers, though -- the Browns don't have a head coach at the moment. Of course, Cleveland's... more

AP Photo/Tim Sharp Missouri's Michael Sam and Kony Ealy combined to record 21 sacks during the 2013 season. Missouri defensive linemen Michael Sam and Kony Ealy wreaked havoc in the SEC during the 2013 season. Sam, who just wrapped up his... more

If Jameis Winston were eligible for this year's draft, it would be hard to not put him at the top of the prospect list for a lot of different reasons. He has the requisite arm strength. His decision making appears to be pretty good for a redshirt... more

Jeff Roberson/Associated Press Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has recorded 10.5 sacks in 2013. Two teams that were oh-so-close to winning their respective conference titles will battle Friday in the AT&T Cotton Bowl (7:30 p.m. ET) when... more

December

Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports Oregon QB Marcus Mariota racked up 386 total yards in an Alamo Bowl win over Texas. As good as I thought Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was before Monday night's Alamo Bowl, I might be even more impressed with him now.... more

As we take a look at the prospects who could be available in the 2014 NFL Draft, it's not hard to see why teams with a need at wide receiver might be excited. We haven't seen more than four wide receivers selected in the first round since the 2009... more

Ohio State CB Bradley Roby encountered some turbulence during a season that was supposed to vault him to being an early first-round lock. He has taken his lumps, but I still wouldn't count him out of being drafted in the first round. He was widely... more

Ohio State QB Braxton Miller was not among the six finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy, but he was third on my ballot. Now, that doesn't mean I think he should go ahead and declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. In fact, I think it's clear that Miller... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Ohio State's Ryan Shazier is one of college football's top linebackers. It is the new normal in the NFL to see pumped-up strong safeties playing outside linebacker. No one in that mold from the college ranks has... more

Brandt Brooks Davis Jeremiah Goodbread Greenspan Huguenin NFL Media analyst Charles Davis names his 2013 college football All-American and picks for the season's major awards: Award picks Heisman Trophy: Jameis Winston, QB,... more

Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports UCF QB Blake Bortles played through difficult weather conditions in a win Saturday. In freezing, icy conditions in front of a sparse crowd, UCF QB Blake Bortles showed again why he's a rising prospect. His... more

Coming off his six-touchdown, 547-yards passing explosion vs. Fresno State, I'm very interested to see how things play out for San Jose State QB David Fales heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. He just outdueled Bulldogs QB David Carr, who is being mentioned... more

Stanford has a chance to secure a second-consecutive Rose Bowl berth Saturday in the Pac-12 championship game vs. Arizona State, and the Cardinal's old-school brand of football has led the team to this point. However, their star prospects aren't simply... more

November

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press USC WR Marqise Lee's production has dipped, but he still is among the top prospects in college football. This season is turning out to be a big test for USC junior WR Marqise Lee. The game is not coming to him... more

Mark Zaleski/Associated Press Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews made a career-high 13 catches last week in a win over Tennessee. Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews is one of the most prolific players the SEC has ever seen, but I'm not sure he gets the... more

Michigan State senior CB Darqueze Dennard showed again Saturday that he's everything a team wants in a corner. Dennard had a team-high nine tackles and made his fourth interception of the season in the Spartans' 30-6 win, which secured the Big Ten... more

Three yards and a cloud of dust might be extinct as an offensive philosophy, but the big back still has its place in football. Take a look at some of the top college programs in the country, and you'll find them. There are big backs getting it done, and... more

Undefeated Baylor is fighting its way into the national-title conversation, but there is a formidable obstacle standing in the Bears' way this weekend. Baylor (9-0) visits Oklahoma State (9-1) on Saturday, and the Cowboys' defense has the ability to... more

Defense is not dead in college football. It has been reborn, in a way, and some of the nation's top teams are playing new-school "D" quite well. We can't define defensive success the same way we used to. Just because we see a team give up 35 points... more

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde is a massive thumper, and Saturday he ran through Illinois. Hyde ran for 246 yards and scored five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) in the Buckeyes' 60-35 win. He is this year's Eddie Lacy, and Hyde might be better. An... more

The tight end position is changing in football to the point where it's almost a glorified wide receiver position now. Kellen Winslow Sr. changed that position forever in the 1980s with his athletic gifts. The Chargers could split him out wide, line him up... more

Auburn decided it was going to ride in the express lane this season, and no one really saw this team coming. The No. 7 Tigers snuck up on us because they were so bad last season, and it appeared they had a big talent deficit this year. I think most of us... more

Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports A knee injury has slowed Trojans WR Marqise Lee this season. USC's resurgence under interim coach Ed Orgeron continued in Saturday's 62-28 win over California, and, believe or not, the Trojans are back in contention... more

With one month to go before the conference championship game, we're looking around the Big Ten for a team that can match up against the Ohio State Buckeyes. They keep chugging along as the winners of 21 straight games. Usually we would say Michigan would... more

Fear of the young quarterback is becoming a thing of the past in college football, except for those defenses that have had a taste of Jameis Winston and a few of his standout inexperienced colleagues this season. Eleven teams entered the 2013 campaign... more

John Beale / Associated Press WR Allen Robinson is fourth in career receiving yards on Penn State's all-time list. Penn State needed overtime Saturday to beat Illinois, which has not won a Big Ten game since the 2011 season, but Nittany Lions... more

October

Coming off last weekend's inspirational debut by 4-foot-9 Rice running back Jayson Carter, let's take stock of the little guys getting it done in college football. We hear "bigger is better" all the time, but smaller players are finding success as much... more

Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch's numbers are eye-popping, but, as a MAC quarterback, naturally, NFL evaluators are going to be more suspicious of his statistics than those of power-conference signal-callers. Disregard him at your own risk, though.... more

Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro has recorded eight or more receptions in seven straight games. Oklahoma handed Texas Tech its first loss of the season Saturday, and several top NFL prospects had standout performances... more

College football's Goliath -- the SEC -- is wounded, but a David-like contender has emerged within its ranks. Yes, Auburn is an extreme darkhorse in the SEC, but to me the conference is down to two teams with legitimate national title hopes -- Alabama... more

College football has never been a more quarterback-centric game than it is now. If a team doesn't have a good QB, it might survive for a while, but it's not going to contend for championships. These days, teams are not going to be able to hide a... more

As if Oregon didn't have enough going for it each week given its impressive array of talent. The Ducks have the added benefit of a talented trio of wide receivers with the ability to visualize the game from Heisman-contending QB Marcus Mariota's... more

We saw in explicit detail how much of a difference a talented, hardworking center can make when Dallas Cowboys rookie Travis Frederick pushed Joseph Randle, along with a couple of defenders, into the end zone for a touchdown on Sunday night. It wasn't... more

All eyes Thursday night will be on junior Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as the Cardinals host Rutgers. I think everyone -- including the NFL evaluators in attendance  -- will like what they see. When I watch him play, I see a guy in charge of... more

Despite Baylor's ridiculous start to the season, it appears college football observers are not yet sold on the team. The Bears (4-0) rank first in the nation with 70.5 points per game and 779.5 yards per game; Oregon is a distant second in both... more

It was understandably overshadowed by Braxton Miller's impressive return from injury, but there was another intriguing development in the Buckeyes' backfield in last week's win over Wisconsin. Ohio State senior Carlos Hyde is a big back in the mold of... more

It may come as a bit of a surprise, given the high-profile shootouts that have highlighted the first five weeks of the college football season, but there are some cornerback prospects whose talents should not get lost in the mix. Here are five I am... more

September

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is off to a dominant start once again, and breakthrough players such as the Broncos' Julius Thomas and the Browns' Jordan Cameron have burst onto the NFL scene this season. They are not the only tight ends worth keeping an... more

Ohio State's Urban Meyer is facing a quarterback dilemma that can be one of the best and worst problems for a head coach. So far, I think he's handling it the right way, and I expect he will continue to do a fine job of navigating the situation.... more

Mike DiNovo / USA TODAY Sports Washington running back Bishop Sankey is coming off a career day vs. Illinois. It's not as if Washington's Bishop Sankey is sneaking up on anyone this season. He burst onto the scene in 2012, rushing for 1,439... more

Bruce Thorson/ USA TODAY Sports - Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports QB Brett Hundley and LB Anthony Barr led the Bruins to a comeback win over Nebraska on Saturday. Whether they are playing offense or defense this season, the UCLA Bruins will... more

Two of the nation's brightest college stars are off to a slow start this season. Let's refrain from hitting the panic button just yet about USC WR Marqise Lee and South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, though. With that said, we should have no doubt that... more

Given the way he is dominating college defenses now, it's hard to believe Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk wasn't even a feature back for the Bears less than a year ago. But that was Seastrunk's reality after transferring to Baylor from Oregon amid a... more

Miami has one of the nation's top backfield tandems in QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson, and they are going to need one of their best performances this weekend to beat Florida. Morris can excel in NFL Further analysis of Miami QB Stephen... more

AP Photo / Keith Srakocic) Florida State QB Jameis Winston became an instant star after a near-perfect college football debut. Florida State freshman QB Jameis Winston's performance against Pittsburgh Monday night was one of the more... more

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