It’s day 3 of the NFL Draft, and Gabriel Davis is still on the board.
This is not terribly surprising; I said on our most recent podcast that he would be a fourth-round selection. But considering some of the reaches teams have made through the first three rounds, it’s discouraging to see Davis being passed over by teams for players who either aren’t as talented or aren’t as good of a fit for said team.
Talent should supersede need when you reach Day 3. At this stage, the odds of finding an impact player are pretty slim.
From the Drafting Stage here are the hit rates for what most would consider a starting level player (loosely grouped by round. .— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) April 25, 2020
Round 4- 10%
Round 5- 12%
Round 6- 6%
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As such, if general managers get tunnel vision and focus on their most vacant position in Rounds 4-7, they could overlook a greater value pick elsewhere. Adding depth to a position of strength is a fine tactic as long as you take the right guy.
So, really, the title of this article should be changed to “32 Teams that Should Target Gabriel Davis in Round 4.” If need is not a primary concern, why wouldn’t a team want to take a chance on a big, tough, physical wideout who has displayed big-play ability and a tireless work ethic? Davis is going to be a nice pick for any team just because you know he is going to do whatever to make himself the best he can be.
But even though everyone knows position needs are kind of thrown out the window now, we’re all trying to guess who’s going where based on the holes that teams have yet to fill. Let’s do that with Gabe here.
This short list is presented in no particular order, and only teams that currently have a fourth-round pick are considered. Otherwise, I could have just written “Green Bay Packers” five times and called it a day. The Pack won’t pick again until late in the fifth round, barring a trade. It’s too bad the Saints nor the Patriots have a spot in the fourth round either, because both definitely need some help at WR.
This would certainly make a lot of the locals happy. The ‘Fins are thin at wideout behind 2019 breakout star DeVante Parker and need some more targets for Tua Tagovailoa. Davis would work well as the underneath receiver in this offense while Parker stretches over the top. The Dolphins have pick Nos. 136 and 141.
The Texans’ top four wideouts are Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb. To put it another way: A wideout who has had at least five concussions in six seasons, two players heading into their contract year, and a 30-year-old slot man. This situation yearns for Davis’ presence as a big, safe target. The Texans have pick No. 111.
Davis would provide size outside the numbers that the Giants glaringly lack, and they must continue to build around Daniel Jones. While Darius Slayton flashed in his first season, Davis would complement his speed with a “my ball” mindset whenever Jones throws into traffic, which he did quite often as a rook. The Giants have pick No. 110.
Like Jones, Dwayne Haskins also needs another sure-handed option heading into his sophomore season. The Redskins took Memphis’ Antonio Gibson in the third round, but they should utilize his jack-of-all-trades ability instead of sticking him at one spot. Washington’s No. 2 receiver job across from Terry McLaurin remains wide open as we head into Round 4. The Redskins have pick Nos. 108 and 142.
Jalen Reagor is on board, but the Eagles need more than one man to rebuild their aging receiving corps. They are in a good position to do that in the fourth round with three picks in their pocket. Davis brings the body, the long strides, the high-point ability and just enough of the athleticism that makes him look like a natural replacement for Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles have pick Nos. 127, 145 and 146.