Whether the Detroit Lions need to spend a high-round draft pick on a cornerback is a subject up for debate. However, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone out there who doesn't believe the Lions could at least use a little help building depth and talent at the position. If the Lions enter the third day of the draft having not addressed any secondary help, Chris Davis could be a guy to target.
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What you may not know is that Davis was not just Auburn's field goal return specialist. He was a three-year starter at cornerback for Auburn. During his time there, Davis tallied 192 total tackles and 24 pass breakups. Although Davis failed to get even one interception during his time in college, he was still a force on Auburn's defense.
Watching film on Davis, he immediately jumps out at you as someone who plays bigger than his size. At just 5'11, Davis isn't exactly the towering cornerback that the Lions are seeking, but throughout his senior year, Davis held his own against taller receivers. Watch below as Davis elevates against the 6'6 Dorial Green-Beckham:
It comes as no surprise then that Davis managed a 40.5-inch vertical leap during his pro day, which would have ranked second among all cornerbacks at the combine.
What was even more impressive, though, was Davis' ability to challenge nearly every pass thrown his way. Though his over-aggressiveness got him in trouble at times, Davis often showed great instincts, especially defending short-yardage crossing routes.
Of course, size will still have its limits. Davis, though an aggressive hitter at times, will occasionally find himself easily pushed out of the play by a blocking wide receiver. Davis has no qualms with stepping into the box and trying to defend the run, but at times, his size is too much of a limitation.
Additionally, Davis struggled through injuries during his college career. He had to fight through an ankle injury at the beginning of 2013, and another injury kept him out of four games in 2012. Davis did not participate in the field drills at the combine because of a hamstring pull.
Though his size and reportedly stiff hips are big limitations for Davis' transition to the NFL, he would be worth a look in the fifth round or later. Along with his fearless style of play, Davis also brings talent as a punt returner. Davis has high upside combined with the ability to immediately contribute on special teams. That is exactly what teams are looking for as they get deeper and deeper into the draft. Reportedly, the Lions have already worked out Davis, so don't be surprised if he ends up in Honolulu blue.