Davon Grayson made a big splash on the field at East Carolina University going for 18 catches, 176 yards, and 4 touchdowns as a freshman for Ruffin McNeill’s Pirates before being slowed by injuries. He came in listed at 6’2” 174 lbs receiver, and leaves ECU 25 pounds more muscular at 199. Grayson received a NFL Draft Combine invite, and displayed a somewhat surprising 4.51 forty yard dash; perhaps leaning on some of his high school track and field experience in the Tidewater Virginia area.
Grayson indeed appeared to be one of the next great ECU receivers, and showed the ability to make the deep catch, be effective on the edge and short routes, and being able to make positive plays crossing out of the backfield. After missing the 2016 season with a back injury, and numerous other injuries the following season, Grayson started all but one game his last year, bringing in 6 touch downs on 59 catches for 886 yards; earning All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition from the American Athletic Conference.
I was able to see every home game, and almost all of Grayson’s games away from campus. I was disappointed to see his career slowed by injuries, but always pleased with his game. He maintains good speed downfield, goes after the ball, and shows strength after the catch. Don’t be surprised to see Grayson on an opening day roster. Career totals: 13 touchdowns, 1,767 yards on 135 catches, averaging 13.1 yards per catch.
Others to watch
Jimmy Williams is a downfield threat that could make an impact with the Denver Broncos, who have reportedly made him an undrafted free agent offer. Williams clocked a 4.47 pro day 40-yard dash. He was most productive in 2016 season, scoring 8 touchdowns in 12 games, averaging over 18 yards per catch. Williams scored 12 times overs his career, making 109 catches on 199 targets for 1,589 yards. Expect Williams to see action in the league this season.