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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Central Florida WR Gabriel Davis

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Central Florida WR Gabriel Davis
Aug 29, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights wide receiver Gabriel Davis (13) makes a reception and runs the ball in for a touchdown as Florida A&M Rattlers defensive back Troy Hilton (30) and defensive back Markquese Bell (5) defend during the first half at Spectrum Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Gabriel Davis, WR, Central Florida Knights

Career Snapshot
Started all three years of his career at Central Florida. Set career highs across the board in 2019 with 72 receptions for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn First Team All-AAC honors. Named Second Team All-AAC in 2018 after he caught 53 passes for 815 yards and seven TDs.

Positives
Explosive, game-controlling receiver with starting potential at the next level. Smoothly releases off the line of scrimmage, runs solid routes and explodes into breaks to separate from defenders. Effectively uses his hands to get away from opponents and displays terrific hand-eye coordination, timing and focus. Plays with great awareness, quickly tracks the pass in the air and consistently uses his large frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass.

Makes the difficult over-the-shoulder catch downfield at full speed, works back to the quarterback to make himself an available target and extends his hands to consistently snatch the ball away from his frame. Possesses soft as well as strong hands and plays with great body control. Always keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up positive yardage after the catch. Almost always wins out for the contested throw. Tough to bring down after the catch and knows where he is on the field.

Negatives
Displays limited burst and plays to one speed. May find it more difficult to separate at the NFL level than he did in college.

Analysis
Davis has displayed consistent improvement over the past three years and possesses the skills and ability necessary to line up as a No. 2 receiver in the NFL. He has speed limitations, but other aspects of his game are worth getting excited about, and Davis comes with a tremendous amount of upside.

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