Ray Davis NFL Draft 2024: Scouting Report for Kentucky RB
BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor I

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 29: Kentucky Wildcats running back Ray Davis (1) runs with the ball during the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl against the Clemson Tigers on December 29, 2023 at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

HEIGHT: 5’8″


HAND: 9 1/8″

ARM: 29 7/8″

WINGSPAN: 72 3/8″







— Above-average strength and contact balance.

— Quick, controlled footwork. Always prepared to adjust his path.

— Above-average change of direction and flexibility for his size.

— Good vision and conviction as a runner. Efficient, no-nonsense rushing style.

— Above-average pass-catcher. Reliable hands; flashes ability to run routes downfield.

— Good eyes and strength in pass protection.


— Sometimes fails to run through head-on contact; will brace and stop churning his legs.

— Below-average explosiveness in space. Does not make defenders miss consistently.

— Below-average acceleration and burst.

— Below-average technique in pass protection. Loses reps he shouldn’t.


— 13 G, 199 ATT, 1,129 YDS (5.7 AVG), 14 TD; 33 REC, 323 YDS (9.8 AVG), 7 TD


— Born Nov. 11, 1999

— 3-star recruit in Temple’s 2019 class, per 247Sports

— Transferred from Temple to Vanderbilt in 2021, then to Kentucky in 2023

— 37 career starts

— 2023 first-team All-SEC (AP)

— Suffered a season-ending toe injury early in 2021


Ray Davis is a high-floor, low-ceiling running back with the skills to play on all three downs.

Davis is a reliable runner. He’s a smooth, efficient operator behind the line of scrimmage who runs with controlled footwork and the decisiveness you would expect of a veteran running back. He supports that rushing style with solid balance, showing the ability to knock off imperfect tackling attempts and stay on his feet.

Davis could stand to show some more power when taking on tacklers head on, but he does still tend to fall forward for extra bits of yardage. He also shows decent change-of-direction skills for a thicker back. He does well to redirect his path both at the line of scrimmage and at the second level.

However, Davis lacks the explosive ability to be a consistent difference maker. His long speed is adequate, but Davis often lacks burst after changing directions and can take a few strides to really get going. He also does not have the lateral explosiveness to make defenders miss very often.

On passing downs, Davis is more good than bad. He’s a steady pass-catcher with flashes of the ability to work downfield on wheels and seam routes. As a pass protector, Davis shows good eyes, demeanor and anchor. Davis’ technique fails him at times, particularly his hand placement, but that may be fixed with proper coaching.

Davis can step into any offense right away and be a contributor. He has experience with all types of run-game concepts, and he has the size and efficient rushing skills to be a quality runner sooner than later. Davis’ lack of explosive traits may limit his ceiling, but he checks all of the boxes to be a solid three-down back.

GRADE: 6.9 (Potential Role Player/Contributor — 4th Round)



PRO COMPARISON: D’Ernest Johnson

Read More


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here