Wide receiver Devante Davis has been one of the few bright spots for the UNLV the past few years, and he is trying to make the leap at the next level. He was one of the best wide receivers in the Mountain West despite having a sub par quarterback throwing him the ball.
Davis is likely a late round pick for the NFL Draft and some of it has to do with his injury to his right wrist in his senior season. His junior year he had 14 touchdowns and averaged 99 yards per game, but that severely dropped off due to missing four games and being overshadowed by Devonte Boyd.
Even with missing time and a loss of production Davis has the size at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds to be a very good possession receiver at the next level. Also there so many solid wide receivers in the draft, Davis likely will be taken in the later rounds but out perform his draft spot.
STRENGTHS: He looks the part with his size and he still has some room to add some bulk to be an even more aggressive wide out who will be hard to cover by smaller defensive backs. That makes him a very good target and why he could be a skilled possession receiver. He is good with the ball and hard to take down.
He is great at being aware of the field and has good control at reeling in a ball that might not be on target, and that can make for some awkward looking catches.
WEAKNESSES: He is fast but does not have elusive speed to create separation when he breaks on his routes, and he could tighten up his route running as well. He relies more on his size to get open which worked at the college level, but he needs to improve that route running if he wants to be a contributor on a roster. Perhaps some good coaching at the NFL level will help him improve those skills.
There is some injury concern with Davis missing five games in 2014.
This first set of highlight videos shows Davis against a high-level opponent in Arizona:
Here are highlights from a step down in competition of Northern Illinois.