The Green Bay Packers added a big-play receiving weapon with their fifth-round pick, adding Cal speedster Trevor Davis.
“It’s amazing,” Davis said. “It's been a dream since I was so young, and just having it happen, I'm at a loss for words right now. It's a dream come true.”
As a senior, Davis caught 40 passes for 672 yards. While he scored only two touchdowns, he averaged 16.8 yards per catch. Among our group of the top 42 wide receiver prospects, Davis ranked No. 1 in yards after the catch per catch.
“Anytime you can add a weapon, especially down here in the fifth round, that's a good thing,” director of football operations Eliot Wolf said.
Davis potentially has added appeal. While he averaged only 21.4 yards per kickoff return as a senior, Davis averaged 32.6 with a pair of touchdowns as a junior. The touchdowns came on back-to-back returns at Washington State.
Davis isn’t big – 6 foot 1/8 and 188 pounds – but he is one of the fastest receivers in a receiver class lacking in speed. He was timed in 4.42 in the 40 at the Scouting Combine with a 38.5-inch vertical.
“Speed,” is what stands out to West Coast scout Sam Seale. “I’m an old Raider and I’m going to try to talk like my old boss (Al Davis) used to tell me. ‘Speed kills. Once you have speed, that’s all you need.’ Very big hands. He can catch the football. I think he brings an extra dimension to this team where, last year sitting at home watching TV, everybody was just daring us to go deep. I don’t think they’ll do that with this kid. I’m hoping they do because I figure if they do that, after the first four or five games, you won’t see that anymore.”
Davis isn’t just a speedster. He ranked among the leaders in drop rate (one drop, 1.85 percent) and is a good route-runner, Wolf said.
“His pro day was unbelievable good with the ball skills, his tracking ability down the field, effortless catching, very smooth,” Wolf said.
Davis spent two years at Cal after transferring from Hawaii, catching 64 passes for 1,071 yards (16.7 average) and seven touchdowns. He returned closer to his home in the Bay Area to play at a bigger school against better competition and be on a “bigger stage,” he said. At Cal, his quarterback was Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. At Green Bay, his quarterback will be Aaron Rodgers, the former league MVP.
“I know my favorite quarterback is on their team,” Davis said. “My boy that plays on their team from Cal, it's great. I've followed him throughout my career. I grew up in the Bay Area. But just knowing that they have such a great quarterback is just amazing for a receiver like me.”
Green Bay’s offense, annually one of the elite units in the NFL, went in the tank last year, due in large part to season-ending injuries to Jordy Nelson and, later, Ty Montgomery. Now, the receiver corps looks loaded. Nelson and Montgomery are back, which should help Randall Cobb return to form. Davante Adams, who had a disappointing second season, and Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis, who emerged during the playoffs, round out the group. So, nothing will be handed to Davis.
“I feel like (I can improve on) a lot of little things like separating,” Davis said. “Even though I'm a fast person, I'm known to be a speed guy, I think that every guy in the NFL is bigger, faster, stronger, and I know there's going to be subtle things. A lot of technique at the line, get in and out of breaks, separating against defenders, that's the biggest thing.”
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