Analysis (Andrew Mertig): After a very frustrating season, the Green Bay Packers seemed likely to address the Wide Receiver position at some point in the draft. They picked Trevor Davis out of California in the 5th round. Davis finds himself in the mix with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davonte Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis, and Jared Abbrederris.
Davis is 6’1” and 188 lbs and ran a 4.42 40 yard dash. Davis spent two years at Hawaii before transferring to Cal. In 2015, he had 40 catches for 672 yards and 2 touchdowns. Davis also showed serious skills as both a kick and punt returner.
Davis has the kind of deep speed the Packers were sorely missing last season. He had decent hands and can use his 38.5 inch vertical to compete for deep balls. He will need work on his route running, as he tends to round off his routes, and improve his burst on routes over the middle.
Davis provides another option for the Packers on kick returns. He will need to show a major improvement in route running before Aaron Rodgers will trust him enough to be on the field on offense. The Packers will likely have a major competition for the 6th receiver during the preseason, with Davis going up against Adams, Abbrederris, Janis, and Montgomery to make the team.
Team fit (Ross Uglem): Ted Thompson is adding athleticism to the team this year, and his round 5 pick was no different. Despite being seemingly well stocked at the wide receiver position, Trevor Davis provides track speed that none of Green Bay’s other options do (even Jordy Nelson).
Immediately, Davis will help out on kick returns, which helps alleviate special teams responsibilities for Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb, Jeff Janis and Micah Hyde, all players that figure to factor in to plays from scrimmage.
Davis really is an elite athlete, the top performer in the 40, the vertical leap, 3 cone drill and 60 yard shuttle.
NFL Comp (Mike Wendlandt): Keyshawn Martin. Much like Martin, Davis comes into the NFL as more of a return prospect than a receiving threat but that’s not to say the talent isn’t there. He needs work with his route running and maintaining his 4.42 speed in and out of breaks, but he has good size and did run a great 40 at the Combine. If he can develop into a 4th receiver and a kick returner like Martin was in Houston, he can be a good player for the Pack.