Gabriel Davis Overview
Position: Wide receiver
Weight: 216 pounds
School: UCF Golden Knights
NFL Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds
Vertical jump: 35 inches
Bench press: 14 reps
Broad jump: 124 inches
3 cone drill: 7.08
20 yard shuttle: 4.59
Gabriel Davis 2020 NFL Draft Profile
Any team that needs a wide receiver in this draft and is looking for a highly productive guy, Gabriel Davis of UCF will be on their radar. In three years with the Golden Knights, Davis was able to rack up 152 receptions, 2,447 receiving yards, and 23 touchdowns. His 2019 season’s production was through the roof, as over half of his career yards and touchdowns came last year. Davis’s size and physical attributes make Davis a very promising red zone threat, but it’s clear that he is more than just a big body.
- Size and length makes him a serious threat in jump ball, go up and get it situations;
- Great college production, good red zone threat who knows how to find the end zone;
- Gets open downfield, good vertical route runner;
- Large catch radius and steady hands overall, won’t drop a lot of passes;
- Acceleration and size to really take the top off a defense;
- Shined when running double moves in college;
- Physical and solid run blocker.
- Struggles getting off press man coverage;
- Not much of a threat after the catch, won’t make a lot of tacklers miss;
- Didn’t run a dynamic route tree;
- Not great at finding space horizontally when the play breaks down;
- Foot work out of breaks and getting off press coverage not great;
- Tendency to take plays off.
NFL Comparison: Michael Gallup
Projection: Third or fourth round pick
Bottom Line on Gabriel Davis
Though he is still raw as a route runner, Gabriel Davis offers the physical traits and downfield ability to contribute right away to whatever team drafts him. Any team who is looking for a receiver to help them push the ball downfield likely has Davis on their radar. His hands are solid and he is good at high pointing the ball and going up to get it. It is worth noting that a lot of his production in college might have came from being in an offensive system that was very friendly to a receiver with his skillset. But any team with an accurate deep throwing quarterback should be able to utilize Davis and play to his strengths.
Whatever team ends up drafting will have to be patient with him. He’s not gonna be a guy who runs a dynamic route trees or makes plays with the ball in his hands, and that’s okay. As a rookie, he will probably need to be schemed open a lot until he adapts to getting open in the NFL. A good wide receiver coach will work with Davis and expand his route running ability. If/when he develops into a good route runner with fluid footwork, Davis has the potential to be a number one or two receiver in a few years.
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