Gabriel Davis is that guy that unless you gobble up NFL Draft news, you might not know. If you’re a Cincinnati Bengals fan, it’s a name you should get familiar with.
Davis is cemented in UCF lore. He ranks 10th in receptions (152), he’s seventh in receiving yards with 2,447, and is second in touchdowns with 23. He also has all the right measurables. Davis is 6’-3”, 212 lbs. and his projected 40-time is 4.50.
The great thing about Davis is his head for the game. You can comment on his route running, but you can’t say anything about his ability to identify where the first-down marker is located. He’s the kind of receiver who knows exactly where he needs to be and gets there. He’s also got good hands and will challenge his opponent vertically. For a team that is red zone challenged like Cincinnati, Davis is a quick fix that has long term game.
Davis will need to add some bulk to handle the rigors of a 17 week, 16 game NFL schedule. But his upside isn’t to be ignored. He works hard and has a nose for the football. For a team that is offensively challenged like the Cincinnati Bengals, he makes a lot of sense.