The Green Bay Packers didn’t pay much attention to offensive skill positions in the 2016 NFL draft, but the one they did, offers big-play potential — that player is Trevor Davis.
Davis, who was selected in the fifth-round by the Packers of the draft, brings a few things to the table, but the most important is his 4.4 speed.
Last season, when Jordy Nelson went down with a knee injury that sidelined him for the season, Green Bay struggled to beat defenses down the field. Opposing corners would play press-man coverage and quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled to find open targets.
Of course, the return of Nelson will help make defenses honest, as will the continued development of Jeff Janis, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery and Jared Abbrederis. Yet, if one of those players is not up to the challenge, Green Bay can turn to Davis, who has electrifying speed.
“Speed kills,” said Sam Seale, the Packers’ west regional scout, said to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Last year everybody dared us to go deep. I don’t think they can do that with this kid.”
During his last two seasons with California, Davis caught 64 passes for 1,071 yards and hauled in seven touchdown receptions. He also averaged 16.7 yards per reception. And in addition to his stellar 4.41 time in the forty-yard-dash, he also posted an outstanding time of 6.60 in the three-cone drill.
“His production is amazing for how many times they threw him the ball,” Seale said. “I think he’s going to be a big surprise for a lot of people.”
On top of being productive in the passing game, Davis also excels in the return game. During his career, he returned 45 kickoffs for an average of 24.5 yards and two scores, while also returning 14 punts for an average of 8.2 yards.
As you can see in Davis’ highlights, he is a dynamic talent. At 6-1, 188 pounds, he has good height to match his eye-popping speed and athleticism and with his return ability, he has a chance to earn a spot on the Packers 53-man roster.
Of course, with Nelson, Randall Cobb and the others on the roster, it will not be easy. Montgomery, a third-round pick from the 2015 draft should be back healthy, which sets up a three-way battle between Davis, Janis and Abbrederis for the final two spots, I see Nelson and Cobb as locks, while Montgomery and Adams are close.
Certainly, if Adams or Montgomery falter in a big way, their status could change, but it’d be shocking to see Green Bay release a second or third-round draft choice so soon, especially after each has flashed potential early in their careers.
Injuries generally play a factor in these things and with Abbrederis, Adams and Montgomery, along with Nelson and Cobb all missing games due to injury last season, nothing is a guarantee.
The only thing we know is that the Packers wanted to add more athleticism to their group of pass-catchers and by adding Davis, they added a home-run threat that was sorely missing from the 2015 offense.