(As it stands now, the Browns have the first and 12th overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft as well as the top pick (33rd) in the second-round. We've taken a consensus of the majority of mock drafts and will profile the players that have been most associated with the Browns in the upcoming draft. Check out our previous profiles of DE Myles Garrett, QB Mitchell Trubisky, QB DeShaun Watson, S Jamal Adams, TE O.J. Howard, S Malik Hooker, QB Patrick Mahomes and RB Leonard Fournette)
Corey Davis (6-3, 218) Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
Pro Football Focus ranks him as the No. 1 wide receiver (Overall 7th ranked player): Pro Football Weekly ranks him as the No. 3 Wide Receiver
Davis caught 326 passes for 5,212 yards (16.0 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in his four seasons in college, including 97 receptions for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns last year.
What experts say about Davis's strengths: PFW--"Great size, speed, strength and athleticism. Has dominated the MAC for a few years. Gets double- and sometimes triple-teamed and still can't be stopped. Very good route runner, adjusts to the ball well and can snatch it. With his size, he easily defeats press coverage. Can find the open spot in zone. Strong runner after the catch. Effective short and deep. Good blocker."
PFF--"Excellent route-runner who can separate really well due to his sharp route-running...Sells double moves exceptionally well, especially with his head fake...Uses his hands subtly to create separation...Demonstrates attention to detail and savviness on tough sideline catches by tapping both feet inbound...Does not let the ball in to his body and uses his hands to catch passes, which extends his catch radius and allows him to turn up field quicker...Excels at making adjustments when the football is in the air (e.g. his touchdown vs. Wisconsin...Dangerous in the open field with the ball in his hands...Lined up all over the field and ran all routes at Western Michigan, including trick plays such as jet sweeps...Knows how to find space in the middle of the field in against zone coverage...Can finish receptions even when absorbing a hit at the catch point...Secures the ball well and had only one fumble on 266 receptions over the last three years
What experts say about Davis's weaknesses: PFF--"Lacks physicality to consistently win 50-50 passes, especially jump balls...Not elusive enough to create big plays from underneath passes...Seems to be unable to separate using pure straight-line speed...His number of drops gradually increased every season as he had 11 in his senior year, which were mainly due to concentration lapses on easy catches."
PFW--"Mostly plays against a lower level of competition. Wish he was a bit faster but fast enough."
Player comparison: Chargers Keenan Allen: "Similarly to Allen’s, Davis’ athletic ability and speed seems limited. However, both receivers make up for this with their route-running, ball skills and ability to separate from defenders in other ways. While Davis may not be a No. 1 wide receiver immediately, he certainly has the potential to become one down the road."
What's the bottom line on Davis: PFW--"As talented a receiver as you will find in this draft. A big, physical guy whose came can be compared to Brandon Marshall or Dez Bryant. Questions about his ability to go from the MAC to the NFL will be limited due to his great measurables, record-setting production and strong route running. Has a strong release, runs good pattern, gets separation and makes plays. Very good competing for the ball in traffic and makes some difficult catches. Strong runner after the catch. Should come in and start right away for almost any team and eventually will become a team's No. 1 receiver."
PFF:--"Davis can be a Day 1 starter opposite a true primary receiver who he can complement. Initially he will heavily need to rely on his sharp route-running as he is unlikely to outmuscle or outrun defensive backs in the early stages of his career. He is also capable of making big plays by using double moves and exploiting open holes in zone coverage.
How Davis would fit with the Browns: Last year, the Browns were hoping that first round pick Corey Coleman would be the No. 1 receiver, but Terrelle Pryor was the guy as Coleman was sidelined by a broken wrist for six games. With the departure of Pryor, Coleman is being counted on to be this year's top receiver. Kenny Britt was brought in to replace Pryor, but the Browns are still questionable at receiver with just second-year receivers Ricardo Louis, Rashard Higgins and Jordan Payton returning. If the Browns drafted Davis, he could be the complement one or two to bolster the corps. Suspended Josh Gordon cannot be counted on to return.
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