Davis came from the Houston area, so he has always been familiar with Texas after playing just 75 miles away at Texas A&M. He was a four-star recruit in high school and posted 961 receiving yards and ten touchdowns on 53 receptions as a high school senior in 2015. He was named to the 2015 Second Team All-Greater Houston and also competed in track and field in high school.
An ACL tear caused Davis to redshirt in 2016. He played in eight games in 2017 but did not record any statistics, as he was behind guys like Christian Kirk, Damion Ratley and Jhamon Ausbon. He finally got his chance to shine in 2018 after Kirk was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. He caught 45 passes for 585 yards and seven touchdowns in that 2018 season, where he started 12 games. That was second on the team behind tight end Jace Sternberger (48 catches, 832 yards, seven touchdowns).
In 2019, Davis caught 54 passes for 616 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games with nine starts. Once again, he was second on the team in receiving, this time behind Ausbon (66 catches, 872 yards, five touchdowns). He did earn the Offensive Skill Award at the team’s annual banquet, He declared for the NFL Draft with one year of eligibility remaining.
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Davis is a solid playmaker out of the slot and is a good route-runner, perhaps one of the more underrated receivers in this class in that department. He showed he can take on the role of a leader in an offense with the way he stepped up after Christian Kirk left for the NFL, becoming the main weapon on the outside for Texas A&M for two years. He has a good catch radius and works pretty well in contested catches. Strong in making catches over the middle of the field in the short and intermediate area of the field. Davis also has good size at 6’1″ and 201 pounds.
Davis struggles at times with physical corners. There is also concern about his speed and if he can find that second gear. Needs to improve on adjusting to the football and helping out his quarterback. Speed is lacking a bit, as well, as evidenced by his 4.54 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. This will likely limit him to a slot role in the NFL. He also has a bit of an injury history, as referenced before, with the ACL tear and nagging 2019 injuries.
Three Plays on Tape
— Cover 1 (@Cover_1_) April 10, 2020
Texas A&M Quartney Davis froze the DB here. pic.twitter.com/cSNu4aKgCW
— Cover 1 (@Cover_1_) January 18, 2020
Absurd catch by Texas A&M WR Quartney Davis. High points this thing perfectly. Gets both feet in, too. Heck of a grab. pic.twitter.com/TX8WN5UYfR
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) January 17, 2020
Davis has the ability to work as a solid, good-sized slot receiver with his hands and should slide in as a team’s third or fourth wide receiver. He can be coached up to become more aggressive in tight windows and contested catches but has some playmaking potential in him. He can be a good asset in the middle of the field and will get you yards after the catch and move the chains.
Draft Grade: Fifth-Sixth Round
Davis projects as a good slot receiver at the next level. He won’t burn you with speed, but he’ll help get yards in the short area and move the chains on the third down. For a day three pick, you can get a good player that will simply add talent to your offense. Davis would be an interesting fit on the Rams. How would Sean McVay work him into the offense, particularly with Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds? Would he scheme Davis on the outside? It would be an interesting proposition if it comes to fruition. In general, Davis is an exciting Day 3 prospect and may turn to be one of the steals of this draft class, even in such a deep class of wide receivers.