Just how many wide receivers will we see selected in the 2020 NFL Draft? There are so many quality receivers that the position will likely come to dominate draft boards come the end of April. There are so many potentially great receivers that merely “good” receivers could fall through the cracks and into the middle rounds of the draft.
Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis is a talented but somewhat limited prospect who could be considered in the top ten of receivers in other years, but those limitations could get him overlooked in 2020. Could that be to the New York Giants benefit?
Prospect: Quartney Davis (WR, Texas A&M)
Games Watched: vs. Texas State (2019), vs Arkansas (2019), vs Mississippi State (2019), 2020 Senior Bowl Practices
Red Flags: Knee (2016)
Games Played: 23
Yards: 1,201 yards
Receptions (ypc): 99 (12.1 yards per catch)
Games Played: 11
Receptions (ypc): 59 (10.4 yards per catch)
Best: Quickness, agility, route running, yards after catch, competitive toughness
Worst: Long speed, play strength
Projection: A depth or slot receiver in a West Coast offense.
Texas A&M receiver Quartney Davis has a good blend of size, quickness, and agility to be a slot receiver in the NFL. Davis primarily lined up as a slot receiver for TAMU’s offense, but also saw time as a wide receiver. He flashes a good release off the line of scrimmage when faced with man coverage, using his quickness and hands well to clear tight coverage. Davis also shows the awareness to vary the tempo of his route stems to disrupt defenders’ timing and create opportunities for separation. Davis flashes sharp breaks at the top of his routes against tight coverage and shows a good burst out of his breaks. He is particularly good on come-back routes and routinely works back to the ball to secure the catch. Davis is capable in run-after-catch situations, particularly on crossing routes. He uses good vision and quickness to adjust his path and force poor angles by defenders and pick up additional yardage. He was occasionally used as a runner on end-around and sweep plays, and is able to maximize the yardage blocked for him.
Davis adjusts well to the ball in the air and routinely extends as a hands catcher. He also isn’t afraid of making difficult catches in traffic.
Davis is a willing blocker in the run game, positioning himself well and showing good hand positioning to gain leverage on defenders.
Davis has only average long speed and struggles to separate from athletic defenders vertically. He also lacks great play strength and can be bullied by larger defensive backs. Davis flashes good quickness and burst out of his breaks but also shows a slight tendency to round off his routes when facing off coverages. Likewise, he is a hands catcher but occasionally suffers concentration drops and fails to look the ball into his hands.
Davis suffered a torn ACL shortly after arriving on campus in 2016 and received a medical red-shirt.
Overall Grade: 6.2 - Has some physical and schematic limitations but should be a good back-up and has starting potential in the right situation. A good value in the middle rounds. [Grading Scale]
Quartney Davis projects best as a slot receiver or flanker in a West Coast offense. He needs to be more consistent in his route running but should be a contributor in any offense which puts him in position to make catches in the intermediate part of the field and pick up yards after the catch. Davis should play in either the slot or Flanker positions, lined up off the line of scrimmage, which will maximize his ability to gain separation. He has added upside as a potential ball carrier for offenses which like to use jet motion to add misdirection to their running game. He is also a willing blocker who should be able to contribute to teams’ running games in multiple ways.
Whether or not Davis profiles as a starter will likely depend on teams’ offensive schemes, but he should be a valuable contributor even as a primary depth player.
Teams will likely take a closer look at his medicals to evaluate the status of Davis’ knee after suffering a torn ACL in 2016. He also missed time in 2019 with nagging injuries that will likely need to be evaluated.