Oct 6, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels cornerback Terry Shankle (24) breaks up a pass intended for Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Marcus Davis (7) as North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Kevin Reddick (48) looks on in the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels defeated the Hokies 48-34 at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
Just about to wrap up the list of 2013 draft prospect freaks, we see the only offensive player in the top five..
Marcus Davis: WR, Virginia Tech.
The defensive talent in this draft is phenomenal.And because of all of that impressive talent, it pushed most of the offensive specimens out of my top five freaks list. One player was just too freaky to leave out though.
As a receiver he isn’t in the same stratosphere, but as an athlete, Marcus Davis and Calvin Johnson are practically neighbors. That is some very lofty praise, and I don’t give it lightly. Davis’s triangle numbers are off the charts. He is listed at 6’4″, 235 lbs, and could run the 40 yard dash in the 4.4 range.. or even faster.
All of these numbers are possibly more impressive when you consider he was originally recruited as a quarterback. Can you imagine someone like that playing under center?
Being that he has only played the receiver position for a very short time, Davis is still very unpolished. He is by far VT’s best receiving option and is putting up solid stats despite Logan Thomas’s struggles. He plays somewhat small for his size, but when he learns to extend and utilize his excellent vertical leap, his range will be elite.
He does not have natural hands, but they are a far cry from a guy like Stephen Hill’s last year. I would compare them more to Julio Jones’s in 2010: strong, but inconsistent.
His prospectus as a wide receiver is a discussion for another day, but his athleticism is unquestionable. He is the biggest offensive freak in this draft, and should see a big stock boost in the offseason during combine time.