Jerry's Take on .... WR Ashlan Davis

Jerry Langton takes a look at Ashlan Davis and why he could be one of the surprise players out of this year's group of undrafted free agents.

Ashlan Davis, WR/KR

Numbers: 5076/178/4.47

2005 stats: 35-451-5 receiving, 7-20-0 rushing, 33-767-1 TD kickoff returns, 13-85 punt returns

The player: If you played in Conference USA the last couple of years, that flash that went past you was Davis. Although tiny by even the most forgiving standards, Davis is blessed with such extreme agility, explosiveness and change-of-direction skills, that he's hard to lay a hand on, let alone corral. While he doesn't have the greatest deep speed, he generally didn't need it in college as he got behind would-be tacklers before they could react. If you think his kick return numbers as a senior were impressive, keep in mind he destroyed NCAA records as a junior by going 37-1131-5. While he was extraordinary as a return man, he was just good as a receiver. His hands and concentration aren't bad and he runs decent routes. But he is frequently knocked off his routes, outjumped and outwrestled for the ball.

How he fits: While the Colts clearly drafted Stanford's T.J. Rushing to take over kick return duties, don't be terribly surprised if Davis gives him a serious run for his money. While Rushing has his own set of return weapons, Davis has looked like the second coming of Dante Hall at times. And, while he may have gone undrafted because his size limits what he can do on offense, Colts offensive coordinator has proven with Troy Walters that he can find ways to get even the smallest receiver into a ridiculous mismatch if he's covered at all.

Reminds me of: Dante Hall, Chiefs

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