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Sep 29, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks running back Knile Davis (7) breaks the tackle of Texas A

2013 NFL Draft Grade: Knile Davis

THE PICK: Knile Davis, running back, Arkansas

Here is your first boom-or-bust pick of the John Dorsey era.

The physical tools are undeniable: 5-10, 227 pounds,  4.37 40-yard dash, and 31 reps in the bench press. He is very fast, very strong, and has big play abilities that teams covet. He is an excellent inside rushing abilities and can break tackles with his power.

His problem? Injures. Mostly to his left ankle and collarbone, both of which he has broken several times. He also has a long history of fumbling but so did Jamaal Charles when we drafted him. The fumbles are a correctable problem, the injuries not so much.

So can he stay healthy enough to be productive for the Chiefs?

The good news is Kansas City will not ask him to be an every down back. Instead he will likely get some short yardage carries and a few carries to spell Charles when needed. The other thing he can provide is a potential burst in the return game, according to Dorsey. If Davis can make plays in the return game and be a good second option to Charles five-to-seven times a game then Davis should end up being a very productive player for the Chiefs immediately.

But, again, injuries. You never know.




First Round – Eric Fisher: B

Third Round – Travis Kelce: B+

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