Receiver isn’t a top priority for the Miami Dolphins in this years draft, but it couldn’t hurt to have insurance. The draft kicks off this Thursday.
With the Dolphins re-signing Kenny Stills, a looming contract extension for Jarvis Landry, and Leonte Carroo who was an expensive trade up in the 2016 draft. The Dolphins could look to add some developmental players in case Carroo doesn’t work out. The Dolphin also need to address De’Vante Parker in the next two years.
My Receiver requirements:
- Hands catcher
- Football IQ
- Route running
Projected 6th rd – UDFA
Robert Davis: Georgia State WR, 6’3, 219lbs, 4.44 40, 41 vert. Simply put, the man is an athlete. NFL.com
Robert Davis played in the Sun Belt which invites questions about the level of competition he faced, under developed techniques, and lack of astounding production. Watching what little film there is on Robert Davis, the film shows a WR that much like most high-school football players, succeeds with bad technique due to raw physical talents. Although Robert found some production at Georgia State (222 receptions, 3,391 yds, 17 TD), there are questions about underachieving given his physical traits, playing in the Sun Belt. GSU
Why Robert Davis could be a steal?
Great athlete! This doesn’t make for automatic success at the next level, but it doesn’t hurt that at 6’3, 219lbs he ran a sub 4.5 which is on the level considering his 41 inch vertical and 11+ ft broad jump, similar numbers to Julio Jones. There are a lot of things that can be taught, these aren’t. Doubts about his production may be in question but…..QB play, enough said. Davis has the prototypical size and speed teams look for in a split end (X). One non – negotiable attribute for receivers is hand catching. If you are a body catcher, no thank you. This is debatable for some, not for myself. Robert Davis snags the ball out of the air, check.
For these reasons, drafting Davis late may benefit the Dolphins in the long-term, sitting behind a good receiving core and redshirting the 2017-18 season. With queries of Jarvis Landry’s contract extension, Devante Parkers’ health, and future with the Dolphins. No, Robert Davis isn’t projected as a replacement for either, and may never achieve his highest potential, but for a late round pick…he could be a steal.