Knile Davis (RB, Arkansas) vs LSU

Davis was primed for a huge 2011 before a serious ankle injury ruled him out for the entire season. Had he stayed healthy, he would’ve challenged Trent Richardson as the top running back in the country. He’s bigger than most runners at 6-0 and 226lbs, but he still has great speed and breakaway ability. If he can get back to his peak this year he’ll be competing with another returning runner – Marcus Lattimore – to be the first running back off the board in 2013. Davis is ranked at #11 on our top 40 watch list.


  1. Kip Earlywine

    I could be wildly wrong, but Davis strikes me as a Chris Polk type of running back in terms of draft stock. Both were backs who put up very good numbers and displayed a ton of consistency, but neither was a game breaking burner like Chris Johnson or a bell ringer like Trent Richardson. Both were guys who’s value came from a high number of 5 yard gains and first downs. They weren’t true megastars, but they were the glue that held the offense together and had every bit as much value to their teams.

    Knile Davis reminds me a lot of Terrell Davis in that he doesn’t have game breaking speed but is still “the complete package” as a ZBS oriented RB which allows him to be very productive on a consistent basis. He doesn’t have a ton of speed or burst, but his vision, intelligence, size, and power more than make up for it. The thing is though, RBs with that kind of profile are almost always drafted later than their talent deserves.

    Chris Polk reminded me of Arian Foster and Knile Davis reminds me of Terrell Davis. That’s a UDFA, a UDFA, a 6th round pick, and Knile Davis. Maybe Knile Davis can be the exception. He deserves to be. But so did Polk, Foster, and Terrell Davis. Knile Davis’ 2011 injury doesn’t help his case much. I guess we’ll see.

    If he does fall in the draft and Seattle gets him, we’ll be getting a fantastic player. Davis was an unstoppable possession RB in every game I scouted for Ryan Mallett last year.

  2. John

    He looks like a solid back, but nothing jumps out at me. His change of direction and speed seem to be very average which will hurt his draft stock for next year. I agree with Kip that he reminds me of Polk who did everything well but nothing exceptional.

  3. Jake

    I think you’ve overstated Knile Davis’ status among the elite college RBs… Marcus Lattimore is on another level altogether and deserves better than to be compared to Knile Davis. Same goes for Trent Richardson, Knile Davis is not nearly the prospect or elite talent that Lattimore and Richardson are. Marcus Lattimore will be regarded in the 2013 draft exactly as Trent Richardson was in 2012. He will be a top-10 pick. I don’t see Davis even being drafted in the first round.

    Among SEC backs, Knile Davis comes in a solid 3rd, maybe lower depending on where you rate Christine Michael and Michael Dyer. 1-Lattimore, 2-Eddie Lacy, 3-Davis, 4-Dyer, 5-Michael.

    Among all RB’s in the nation, Davis will be lucky to land in the top-5: 1-Lattimore, 2-Joseph Randle, 3-Cierre Wood, 4-Lacy, 5-Andre Ellington. I view Davis as behind at least those 5 guys, due to injury concerns and lack of gamebreaking ability.

  4. Justin

    ^ I could agree about lattimore but eddie lacy? He hasn’t even started a game yet…Davis led the SEC in rushing by a RB in 2010 over lattimore and lattimore had a much worse injury last season. I think people are sleeping on his speed…he has great speed for someone at 230…just watch his breakaway runs against ole miss and mississippi state in 2010. He has 1st round talent he just has to stay healthy. He’s had way too many injuries in his career.

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