James Davis Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||5'11 - 215 lbs.|
2009 NFL Combine Results
2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
James Davis, RB, Clemson
Many feel James Davis is one of the best senior backs in college football today. Yet, his fellow running back in the Clemson backfield, C.J. Spiller, is the better pro prospect. Davis has led the team in rushing since he was a freshman in 2005 and that should not end in 2008. In his first three years with the Tigers, he tallied 3,130 rushing yards and 38 total touchdowns. During his senior year he should break just about every career rushing related record in the Clemson books. But the perennial all-conference honoree is not just a runner. Davis is a solid pass-catcher out of the backfield, although Spiller has taken away many of those opportunities the last few years. Even without the great numbers to back it up, Davis is very comfortable and dangerous catching the ball. The speedy 5-11, 215 pound back is a north and south type of rusher and does a great job finding the hole quickly and attacking it with his 215 pound frame. Davis should be considered by most at this point as one of the top three senior running backs. With a decent senior season and showing at the combine, he should stay as a first day selection in the draft, but due to his consistent college numbers, he could emerge as the safest running back in the 2009 draft. 10/6 Update: For some reason the Clemson offense is sputtering and Davis is doing his part to unravel Clemson's once high expectations. Through five games, Davis is averaging just 12.2 carries per game. Obviously splitting carries with Spiller is part of the problem, but last year Davis tallied nearly 16.5 carries a game while splitting carries with Spiller. This year the Tigers are finding themselves behind and having to throw more --which is not working very well either. Davis is still a nice looking back, but if he does not turn things around this year, his lack of production as a senior could move him down some draft boards. 12/25 Update: Davis has seen his workload increase a little bit as the season progressed and he has done a decent job with those opportunities. Through the regular, he has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and managed to reach the end zone 11 times. On a team that struggled so much on the offensive side of the ball, Davis' ability to get into the end zone sparked the Tigers' late turnaround. 3/24 Update: In the end, Davis would have been better off entering last year's draft. He was misused much of the year and that really hurt his numbers. He could still be a nice change of pace back and somebody will take a chance on him in the third or fourth round. Davis' lack of blocking ability will scare off more than one team and it is that (not his rushing ability) which will keep him out of the first day.
Last Updated Mar-24-2009 by Joel Welser
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