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Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Draft Visitor Profile: Utah State Cornerback Will Davis

April 21st, 2013 at 7:24 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be set drafting a cornerback in the upcoming NFL Draft, the only question is when. In breaking down the prospects that have visited, they appear to be targeting the second or third day of the draft, with the majority of prospects to come through the doors slotted in those areas.

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One of the intriguing prospects to come through the doors is Will Davis from Utah State. He is a small school prospect that shows tremendous upside and is still developing as a corner. He also has the size (6-0, 186-pounds) and athleticism (4.43 40-yard dash) to compete in the NFL.

Yes, he may not have the elite measurables, and has not competed against top level competition, he shows loose-hips, good leaping ability (36-inch vertical) and an aggressiveness needed for the position. These are amazing traits considering he has only been playing organized football for a relatively short period with only one-season of high school football under his belt.

While his athletic ability is not questioned, his lack of experience seems to be having an impact on his draft stock, with only 18 starts for his career in FBS football. Couple that with a lack of physicality and it becomes clear why he is a second or third day prospect.

Fortunately, the Steelers have shown that they are willing to role the dice on small school cornerbacks with upside, and potentially hit a home run with Cortez Allen, who is penciled in as a starter in 2013. Davis may not be the physical specimen that Allen is, but there are enough similarities to make Davis an interesting mid-round possibility.

Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes (Profile 2/18)

Texas A&M running back Christine Michael (Profile 4/1)

Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (Profile 4/2)

Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas (Profile 4/3)

UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin (Profile 4/5)

Southern Mississippi defensive end / outside linebacker Jamie Collins (Profile 4/8)

TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce (Profile 4/9)

Penn State inside linebacker Michael Mauti (Profile 4/11)

Florida State inside linebacker Vince Williams (Profile 4/12)

Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene (Profile 4/13)

Georgia wide receiver  Tavarres King (Profile 4/17)

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy(Profile 4/18)

Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas (Profile 4/19)

William & Mary cornerback B.W. Webb (Profile 4/20)

Utah State cornerback Will Davis

Connecticut cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson

Clemson defensive end / linebacker Malliciah Goodman

Ohio State defensive end / linebacker John Simon

Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks

San Diego State Offensive lineman Nik Embernate  

LSU cornerback Tharold Simon

Nevada safety Duke Williams

Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore

Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Brown


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