The Kansas City Chiefs continued to give QB Alex Smith weapons by selecting Arkansas RB Knile Davis with the 96th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
On talent alone, Davis is a guy that has the potential to be the perfect compliment to Jamaal Charles. A combination of size and speed that can be deadly to defenses. The problem for the Chiefs is Davis has never been able to use his talent without injuries getting in the way.
He dealt with three different ankle issues and a hamstring injury. After showing just how dangerous he could be in 2010 by averaging a Charles-esque 6.5 yards per carry, he returned from an injury to pick up just 3.4 yards in 2012.
A lot of the concerns from his miserable season were forgotten when he wowed scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine. Davis weighed in at 227 pounds and ripped off a 4.37 (!!) 40-yard dash to go along with some more eye-popping stats: 31 reps on the bench press, 33.5″ vertical jump and 10’8″ broad jump.
His numbers at the combine might have reminded teams the kind of player he used to be, but it can’t make anyone forget about his problems holding onto the ball. During his time at Arkansas Davis fumbled 13 times and if he’s going to produce at the NFL level he’ll have to learn to hold onto the football.