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Dynasty Scouts Player Profile: Andre Davis

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Andre Davis is a senior wide receiver from the University of South Florida. I was once a Senior at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. So, call me a homer all you want, but I think Andre Davis will be one of the better late round options in dynasty rookie drafts this summer, and I will spend this entire article trying to persuade you to agree with me.

Davis took part in the recent East-West Shrine game and he had some good days at practice according some Twitter buzz from people who attended practices. At the Monday practice, FootballGuys’ Cecil Lammey said, “USF Andre Davis might be best WR on East team. Insane concentration on play where he caught the ball falling on his back near sideline.”

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At the Tuesday practice, Bleacher Reports Michael Schottey said, “USF wide receiver Andre Davis flashing big play ability…nice routes, stronger hands…great concentration.” During the game itself, Davis continued to impress as he led the East squad in receiving yards with 36 and had the longest gain of the day from both sides with a 19 yard catch over the middle.

Going into my research/film watching on Davis, one thing I knew for sure is that at times it could be tough to evaluate him because USF’s quarterback play has been less than stellar during his four years, highlighted by BJ Daniels. A prime example of this was during the East Carolina game in 2014, Davis showed his ability to adjust to the ball.

Per the Shrine Bowl weigh in, Davis is listed at 6’1” 208 pounds. From what I’ve seen the last four years, I think he uses his weight/stature to play bigger than his 6’1” height. In a 2012 game against Rutgers, Davis showed his ability to go up and get a deep ball.

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In the best game of his career against Tulsa in 2014, Davis showed impressive ball tracking ability on a pair of touchdowns. Here is one:

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And then showed off his speed on an 86 yard score, his 3rd score of the day.
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What worries me:
Davis doesn’t have the best hands in the world.

Sample size

Davis didn’t have the huge senior season I thought he would have, as he missed four and a half games with a sternum injury. The injury itself doesn’t hurt him because he came back just fine, but I would have liked to have seen his stats with a full senior season considering he averaged 4.8 catches for 79.2 yards per game with seven touchdowns which tied the team lead despite the missed playing time.

Numbers I like

There was definitely a direct correlation to when the offense was successful with Davis’s best games of the year. In his first two games back from injury, Davis posted lines of 6-124-1 and 6-154-3. USF scored more than 17 just twice outside of those two games. While being the career leader for a program that has only been around since 1997 isn’t the greatest feat in the world, he leaves USF with career records for yards (2079), receptions (147) and touchdowns (16), which means he was definitely doing something right in his time with the program.

Final Decision

When it comes to lower ranked prospects, a big part of where I am willing to take them in rookie drafts depends on where they go in the NFL draft. For Davis, if he goes in the top four rounds of the NFL draft, I’d consider him as early as the third round in rookie drafts, while a later day three pick would warrant a fourth round rookie selection. If Davis goes undrafted, I’d still be willing to take a flyer in leagues that have five rounds, or may take a look at him in UDFA if I have the roster space.

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7 years ago

My favorite late round picks this year are Tre McBride, DeVante Davis, and Dezmin Lewis

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