Round 4, 22nd pick, 128th overall
Gabriel Davis, wide receiver, University of Central Florida Knights
Gabriel Davis is a big target at 6-3, 215 pounds. He’s the type of receiver who tall and athletic enough to climb the ladder to catch a pass. Then he has the strength to pull it down. Additionally, Davis can go deep down the sideline and make plays. Scouts love the way he runs slant routes. At UCF last season, Davis had 72 catches for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He is a competitor. Something about Davis which separates him from other receivers this far down in the draft is separation. He gets a nice push off from opposing corners which gives room to make the catch. Speaking of physicality with corners, Davis is a good blocker on the outside, he will be an asset in the running game.
There are good reasons why he was available this late aside from a deep class of receivers. His route-running skills are limited. Because of his 4.5 speed, he wasn’t jammed very often at the line, so his skillset getting off against press coverage is spotty. Davis will have to learn at the next level, but at least he has some excellent tutors in Buffalo.
I sort of like this pick, but it may take a while for Davis to pan out. He could be a quality WR2 for the Bills, down the road.