In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Packers used their 5th round pick on Trevor Davis, a speedy receiver from the University of California, who they hope will be a useful weapon for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers, who are once again NFL betting picks to win the NFC because they will have a healthy Jordy Nelson back in the lineup, could have the most explosive offense in the league if Davis lives up to his potential.
While he played at Cal, Davis was one of many weapons quarterback Jared Goff had at his disposal, so Davis had to find multiple ways to get the quarterback’s attention. Since Goff liked spreading the ball between his receivers to keep the defense on their toes, Davis didn’t get the ball thrown his way as much as he would have liked.
Despite being the fastest receiver on the team, Davis realized he shouldn't rely on his speed alone. Davis also showed he could run effectively after the catch and was used in a lot of bubble screens where he showed the ability to run through traffic to gain positive yardage.
Despite the competition at the receiver position at Cal, Davis finished with 64 receptions, 1,071 yards, and 7 touchdowns in two years. Due to the limited number of times he was targeted at Cal, his production was called "amazing" by Packers scout Sam Seale.
At the Draft Combine, Davis ran a 4.3 second 40-yard dash, which will obviously label him as the potential deep threat the Packers were sorely missing last season. However, Davis isn’t in college anymore and will be catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, who has his own favorite receivers.
As a rookie, Davis is expected to make a few mistakes, but that won’t be a good enough excuse when playing with a quarterback like Rodgers, who expects his receivers to be ready every time he throws them the ball.
Since the Packers are in a win now mode, any mistakes by Davis could result in him not getting many opportunities. For his part, Davis has said he is aware that his speed is the most talked about aspect of his game, but he studies a lot of tape, reads defenses very well, and is willing to do whatever is needed to help the team win.
That also includes returning punts and/or kickoffs, which he did with some success in college, including two kickoff returns for TDs as a junior.
Wherever and whenever he gets an opportunity, Davis' mission as a rookie will be to turn heads when he touches the ball. If one of those heads belongs to Aaron Rodgers, then things will work out just fine for Davis in Green Bay.
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