GREEN BAY – The Packers added some serious speed to their receiving corps in the fifth round on Saturday.
Cal’s Trevor Davis ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf had him in the mid-4.3 range.
“That’s one of the attractions, definitely,” Wolf said. “A 4.3 guy, big hands, some production there in a good passing offense.
"Anytime you can get a weapon in the fifth round, I think you have to do that."
The Packers selected Davis (6-1, 188) with the 163rd overall pick. He spent the last two years catching passes from QB Jared Goff, who was drafted first overall by the Rams on Thursday night.
Davis had 64 receptions for 1,071 yards and seven TDs over the last two seasons after transferring from Hawaii. Wolf said it can make it easier to evaluate a receiver when he’s working with a bona fide pro prospect at QB.
The Packers were impressed with his 10-inch hands – Wolf said he dropped only two passes last year – as well as his ability to track the deep ball. He showed some toughness in traffic, too, especially for a sub-190-pounder.
“He ran a lot of bubble screens there for Cal, took some pretty big hits at times, but kept going in there,” Wolf said. “He’s pretty good after the catch as well.”
Sam Seale, a West Coast scout for the Packers, had the same take on Davis. His production in a spread offense loaded with receivers for Goff was impressive, because Goff didn’t necessarily have a primary, go-to guy.
Speed, of course, was the first thing Seale mentioned about Davis, then the big, reliable hands and the toughness.
“Up here in cold weather, you need big hands,” Seale said. “He went into traffic and took the big hit and held on to the football.
“He brings an extra dimension to this team. Watching last year when teams were daring us to go deep, I don’t think they’ll do that with this kid.”
Davis also had a lot of success as a return man, bringing back two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game at Washington State in 2014. He ranked second nationally that year with a kick-return average of 32.6 yards and is a prospect as a returner in the NFL as well.
Davis transferred to Cal from Hawaii, saying he wanted to get on a “bigger stage” to finish his college career.
“I wanted to go somewhere to challenge me,” Davis said. “I went in without a scholarship for the first semester, and I knew I would have to compete every single day.”
A snowboarder, he’s also not shy about the cold weather and the snow. And, oh yeah, he gets to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers now, too.
“My favorite quarterback is on their team,” Davis said. “My boy that came from Cal.”