One of the interesting UDFAs that will be coming into TPC next week will be Virginia Tech WR Marcus Davis, a 6’4″, 232 lb former QB who registered the highest vertical jump of any wideout at the NFL Combine in March.
Davis was projected by some to be a middle-round selection in last week’s draft, but teams shied away, leaving him undrafted and available for Jerry Reese to scoop up. The Giants are no strangers to the Hokie football program, selecting RB David Wilson and CB Jayron Hosley in last year’s draft and then signing Davis and CB/ST Alonzo Tweedy to UDFA deals this year.
A quick rundown on Marcus Davis:
From HokieFootball.com: An honorable mention Coaches All-ACC selection … Played in all 13 games, making 10 starts … Played 653 offensive snaps and was in on three special teams plays … Tallied 82 yards on six catches in the season-opening win over Georgia Tech … Ran the ball twice for 48 yards, while also catching two passes for 34 yards against Austin Peay … Scored first touchdown of the season at Pittsburgh, finishing the day with four receptions for 129 yards … Caught five passes for 101 yards, including a 50-yard long against Cincinnati … Hauled in three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown at North Carolina … Tacked on another 100-yard receiving game when he totaled 144 yards on five recepetions, scoring two TDs against Duke … Caught three passes for 43 yards at Miami … Totaled 68 yards on two catches against Florida State … Caught five passes for 104 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown reception at Boston College … Caught four passes for 33 yards against Virginia … Tallied 62 yards on four receptions against Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
NFL.com Analysis: Possesses prototypical size and speed combination to be an outside NFL starter. Smooth runner off the line and turns on a second gear downfield that allows him to separate. His size overwhelms smaller cornerbacks, can fight through their advances and go over the top to take away the jump ball. Uses his body to shield corners on slants. Flashes the footwork to stop and separate on out routes after pushing his man upfield. Good concentration to track the ball over his shoulder on deep balls. Can be a bullish runner after the catch, also capable of spinning away from tackles after a stop route then turn on the jets. Has the size and length to dominate corners in the run game.
Walter Football: Davis had a solid Combine performance. He is a big wide out who has some deceptive speed. Davis was the Hokies No. 1 receiver in 2012 and would have even more production if quarterback Logan Thomas wasn’t struggling with his accuracy all season. Davis hauled in 51 receptions for 953 yards and five touchdowns.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Davis still has work to do in regards to his technique, but his combination of size and speed could help him overcome that until he polishes up. The Giants like big receivers, as we all know, and you can see why Davis intrigues them. This could be another major find for Reese and Co if all goes right. With Nicks and Cruz both facing free agency next spring, the Giants have begun preparing for the possible loss of one of them by stockpiling WRs: Jerrel Jernigan and Rueben Randle through the draft and Louis Murphy, Brandon Collins, Kris Adams and Kevin Hardy via free agency. And now Davis, who can earn himself a roster spot by playing well on specials and continuing to improve on his skill set, where he needs to learn to run more concise routes and block better in the run game. Looking forward to seeing how this one plays out…