Sep 29, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks running back Knile Davis (7) runs the ball against the Texas A

Knile Davis: A Head Scratcher


With the compensatory pick at number 96, the Kansas City Chiefs decided to pick a running back.  This was definitely a need, and we needed someone big to compliment Jamaal Charles.  At 5’10 227, he fits the bill in that respect.  Davis also has great speed, but that’s where the positives end for me.  The injuries and problems holding onto the ball are very hard to look past.

His history of injuries started in high school.  While he was a four star recruit, he only played in four games his junior year because he fractured his collarbone.  When he came back for his senior year, he left the first game with a season ending broken ankle.

In college, he looked to overcome the injured past and had a fantastic 2010 season.  He scored 13 touchdowns and had over 1,300 yards from scrimmage.  In 2010, he led all SEC running backs in rushing yards.

The excitement grew for Knile as the 2011 season was about to start.  Unfortunately, he suffered a season ending injury before the season started.  His left ankle was again going to hold him out from playing.

As a Junior, Davis rushed for a dismal 377 yards.  He didn’t look like the same running back, and I was very surprised by this pick.  We can all agree that a running back needed to come from this draft, but this was a bad decision.  If he can stay healthy, and that’s a huge if, he could have an excellent year spelling Jamaal Charles.  If someone tackles him by the ankle in training camp, we might be in trouble!

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4 Comments on Knile Davis: A Head Scratcher

  1. Suzi Conger says:

    I do agree, Davis’ chronic health/injury issues do seem to be a mega-concern; time will tell…

    • Ryan Ulrich says:

      I really hope that he can prove everyone wrong and stay healthy. It’s just hard to have much faith. A guy like Brodie Croyle for instance, was smaller, so you could advocate that putting muscle on his frame could stave off some of those injuries. The same cannot be said about Knile. He is huge, and looked the biggest I’ve seen him when he worked out at the combine. Not to mention, his biggest injury is his left ankle. Something tells me running backs in the NFL should have two healthy ankles :)

  2. Joel Wagler says:

    Could not agree more. What were they thinking?

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