2018 Raiders Draft Prospect
Name: Jalen Davis
School: Utah State
Weight: 185 pounds
From the snap, Davis glides with the receiver on vertical patterns. Plus, he does not take any time getting up to full speed. More importantly, Davis’ fluid backpedal helps him turn and run with another. With his explosion, Davis turns picks into field-flipping chances. As a result, his eleven interceptions resulted in 242 return yards and four touchdowns.
During his career in Logan, Davis evolved from a fast player that just used his feet, to one that brings the arsenal with him. Pre-snap, Davis will eye the receiver, possibly playing off to expect a deeper route. On the other hand, following the posture of the wideout could lead to a shorter pattern. In that case, Davis moves in. If an opponent beats Davis, his recovery speed allows him for a better margin for error.
Granted, most burners at corners will overestimate their speed and miss plays. On the contrary, Davis filled up the stat sheet regularly. First, tallying 37 deflected passes screams playmaker. Next, Davis’ 11 interceptions cement that claim. Lastly, the four forced fumbles indicate a well-rounded corner. Davis puts himself in prime position to make a play on every pass thrown his way.
Given Davis’ frame, slight concern exists if he can make open field tackles. Yet, during 48 games, Davis made 181 stops. In run support, Davis will fly in to make a stop. Now, he occasionally favors the diving foot grab, which should be cleaned up early. Nevertheless, Davis is a willing tackler, which supersedes any current technical flaws.
In essence, Davis fills a crucial need for the Raiders. Oakland, not only does not employ many quality corners, only Conley possesses speed. While Tyreek Hill and the Kansas City track team remain in the division, the Raiders need speed corners. Moreover, Davis would give the Raiders an immediate upgrade in the slot. With TJ Carrie expects to command a raise, there is no quality depth behind him. Furthermore, Davis could give Oakland another special teams threat. Although Davis may not see the field as a starter, the Raiders could look to him on Day 3.