Fayetteville, Ark. – The Kansas City Chiefs took a big gamble on a highly talented player Friday selecting 2010 All-SEC running back Knile Davis. Davis was the No. 96 overall player selected and the only running back taken by the Chiefs in this year’s draft.
Davis, 5’11”, 227 pounds, was limited during the 2012 college football season while recovering from a disastrous ankle injury suffered during fall camp before the start of the 2011 season. Knocking off rust from a year off of playing football, Davis’ production dropped dramatically last season, not from a lack of effort but perhaps from a lack of team direction. Finishing with 377 rushing yards draft experts viewed Davis as a big risk, big reward player entering the 2013 draft.
The Kansas City Chiefs saw enough of Davis’ talent and ability drafting the SEC’s leading rusher from the tailback position in 2010 (1,322 yards) after a monstrous showing at the NFL Combine. The Missouri City, Texas, product ran a running back second best 4.37 40-yard dash, bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times, while showing overall athleticism with a 33.5 vertical jump.
The hoped pairing of Davis and former Arkansas Razorback running back Peyton Hillis in the Chiefs backfield for Hogs fans is a long shot as Hillis is a free agent. The former John Madden cover-boy was a reserve player for the Chiefs last season running for 309 yards with one touchdown behind starter Jamaal Charles (1,509 yards).
Davis has an opportunity to impress new head coach Andy Reid when training camp begins. Reid joined the Chiefs after 14 years on the sidelines with the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid, known as an offensive minded head coach, guided the Eagles to nine playoff appearances during his tenure primarily using a tough as nails defense with a great running game.
Four former Razorbacks were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft with Davis being drafted first. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was selected in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton was taken in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Bengals, and tight end Chris Gragg was taken in the seventh by the Buffalo Bills.