Film Study: Felton Davis

Taking a look at the highlights of the Michigan State wide receiver commit from Highland Springs (Va.) after he picked the Spartans on Monday.

Michigan State picked up its ninth commitment in the 2015 class Monday night when Highland Springs (Va.) wide receiver Felton Davis committed to Michigan State.

The standout wide receiver gives the Spartans a solid downfield threat and we take a look at why that is:

The Good

Davis is great at playing to his strengths. He has many of them, but the biggest thing he brings is his size.

With a big 6-foot-3 frame, Davis uses that height to his full advantage. He goes up and gets the ball well, high pointing it and making plays over defensive backs. There appears to be a degree of comfort in the air for Davis as he makes plays time after time after time downfield.

He also gets downfield with a high degree of smoothness. He is a very fluid receiver, who takes long strides and covers a lot of ground without a lot of effort.

He has a solid burst off the line to get downfield – not necessarily elite, but he gets to speed pretty quickly.

The Bad

With his frame, Davis does need to add a little bit of weight to be more of a threat at the college level. He does not seem to face a lot of press coverage, so he gets off the line easily and is able to blow by many defensive backs to make plays.

One question that remains after seeing his film is his route running ability. The majority of the focus appears to be on getting Davis in space and downfield, which means he is on a lot of fly patterns and verts, with not a lot of curls and outs and slants. He is used on some bubble screens and the like, though.

Naturally, blocking will be something Davis will have to pick up as he adjusts to the college game.


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