Unfortunately, when Vick left, he took practically all of the talent at the quarterback position at Virginia Tech with him. Davis has all the physical tools that you'd like to see in an NFL-caliber wide receiver. He's got good size at 6'1, outstanding speed at 4.35 in the 40, and good on-the-field instincts. Last season, he finished the year with 39 receptions for over 600 yards and 7 touchdowns.
He also excels as a punt return specialist, averaging almost 13 yards a return with one going for a touchdown his senior season at Tech.
|WR Andre Davis (AP)|
Ask any cornerback in the Big East that had to cover him and they'll tell you that he keeps you on your heels. He has the speed to break you down, and the physical ability to run you over.
The experts will tell you that the downside to Davis is that he seemingly took the last year off at Virginia Tech. The experts are wrong. The Hokies' talent level dropped off on both sides of the ball last year, and he suffered as a direct result of that. You'll also hear that he tends to catch the ball with his body, and he'll lack consistent focus during the course of a football game.
Now that leads us to the question, how does he fit into the Cowboys' picture? Honestly, he fits in quite nicely.
Jerry Jones needs a receiver that complements his existing talent. Davis does that as well as any wide receiver that will be available outside of the top 10 of this year's draft.
He has the pure speed that most other receivers lack, yet he also is a physical football player. He takes pride in his downfield blocking and he does the little things that make a team better. Combine that kind of heart, with those kind of skills and the end result is usually something pretty good.
Davis is also a fearless wide receiver across the middle of the field, and that clearly is an area the Cowboys are lacking in. He doesn't have the same sort of initial burst off the line of scrimmage that a Rocket Ismial or a Joey Galloway has, but once he gets the ball in his hands, he's every bit as dangerous.
Andre Davis is also an extremely smart football player, "I'm a fast learner," Davis says.
"Football is a very intelligent sport. I don't think you can have a lot of dumb guys on the field. As a receiver, there are a lot of things I have to pick up right away to make adjustments to. I'm able to take my studying habits off the field with me into a game and use them there."
Seriously, what more could you ask for with an early second round draft pick? You don't hear alot of kids coming to draft talking like quite like that.
Interestingly enough, Andre Davis won't be one of the 20 athletes coming to Valley Ranch tomorrow, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. He's the kind of player that looks much better on the football field than in individual workouts and drills anyway.
We currently have Andre Davis ranked as our #7 wide receiver in this year's NFL Draft. He'll likely be available through the first 10 picks of the seond round, the only question that remains is will the Dallas Cowboys be interested enough to pull the trigger.
We'll find out on April 20th.