Next up on our list of prospects is the wide receiver out of Western Michigan, Corey Davis
At first glance, wide receiver doesn’t seem like that big of a need. Now let me ask you this. What will the Bengals do if they can’t re-sign Brandon LaFell? I don’t believe that Tyler Boyd is ready to become the number two receiver in this offense yet.
This is where Davis would come in. He would be an excellent number two receiver opposite of A.J. Green. Davis won’t slide into the second round, so if the Bengals wanted him, they’d have to take him in the first. As I stated in a previous article, the Bengals seem to have a cap in the level of production they get out of the number two receiver. With that in mind, it would seem to make little sense for the Bengals to draft Davis while players at positions of need would still be available. However, the Bengals rarely draft based on need and usually go with a BPA (Best Player Available) approach. If they believe that Corey Davis is the best player available with the ninth pick, they will take him.
Corey Davis has what it takes to be a number one receiver in this league. He has excellent size at 6’3” and 213lbs, which he uses to bring down 50-50 balls and make plays in the red zone. He was also a model of constancy at Western Michigan, dominating the competition every year. Davis’s speed will require that he has safety help over the top at most times. This, in turn, would take pressure off either Green or Tyler Eifert. One of the questions Davis will face is the level of competition he faced in the Mid-America conference. While not one of the power five conferences, we have seen players from smaller schools come in and find success in the league.
Regardless of where he goes, Corey Davis will be a very good receiver in this league.