It was September 17, 2016. I was watching from my couch as the Wisconsin Badgers were struggling against supposedly overmatched Georgia State. Then an unknown, receiver Robert Davis caught a beautiful pass from his QB. That was the first time I had heard of the receiver who leached onto my brain again at the scouting combine.
On March 4, 2017, I was watching the on-field drills. I came away impressed by the small-school prospect again — the same Robert Davis. The last time I had seen him he was scoring his team’s first touchdown against a formidable Wisconsin D in the third quarter. It was an impressive back-shoulder catch that felt reminiscent of Jordy Nelson.
Davis is the cousin of Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis, but he’s clearly his own man. He came in at almost 6’3”, 219 and ran the 40 in sub 4.5. Davis dominated small-school competition and is now drawing athletic comparisons to Julio Jones.
The Green Bay Packers don’t necessarily have a strong need at receiver, but they should keep an eye on Davis. Nelson is in his 30s, after all.
Davis also has speed that Davante Adams can’t duplicate.
If the Packers drafted Davis, they’d be getting a big-bodied receiver that has wheels. It may take him a year or two to develop, but I’d be more than happy to give the struggling Jeff Janis’ roster spot to him because I feel he can eventually develop into a true No. 1 receiver.