Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks running back Knile Davis makes a catch during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Select Knile Davis In The Third Round Of The 2013 NFL Draft


The Kansas City Chiefs have selected RB Knile Davis.

The Chiefs opened the third round by selecting TE Travis Kelce out of Cincinnati. This latest pick was a compensatory selection that the Chiefs received in part for losing CB Branden Carr in free agency last offseason.

This is a very interesting pick for the Chiefs. Davis was a stud a couple of years ago but has recently suffered from injury issues. He also has some problems with ball security.

Davis is also really fast. He turned in a 4.37 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.

Here is some scouting info on Davis from NFL.com:

STRENGTHS Big-bodied, north-south runner. Has a thick lower-body build and runs with enough forward lean to run through arm tackles. Agile enough to spin off tackles inside and hurdle would-be tacklers in the open field. Can use the strength he builds in the weight room to be a physical pass protector, aware enough to hit multiple targets. Provides some receiving skills as a check-down option over the middle and handling good throws in the flat. Tested very well in all combine drills.

WEAKNESSES Has a long injury history, missing time or playing hurt in every season of his college career, in addition to the final two years of his of his high school career. Runs a bit top-heavy, gets tripped up easily in space, especially before he gets his head of steam. Inconsistent taking on tacklers at the second level, will try to run around them instead of using his strength. Inconsistent protecting his quarterback, resorts to (and misses) cut blocks. Lack of hip flexibility hurts his ability to adjust to poor throws as a receiver. Was unable to display adequate foot quickness in his final season. Despite workout speed, he rarely shows it on the field.

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What do you think, Addicts? Do you like Davis as a potential backfield option to Jamaal Charles? Or do you think the Chiefs reached here when there were higher rated players still on the board?

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Odd pick here. At least now we know Dorsey isn’t a strict adherent to the BPA philosophy. Davis is a project. He has problems with staying healthy and with holding onto the football. He’s got some serious talent though. Kid’s rocked up and has game-breaking speed. I won’t write this one off, but I think I would’ve waited another round or two to take a project player like this.

    Clearly they think they can snag their third QB in Round 4. They’ll have their pick of the litter. I think they pick second in Round 4.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Yep. #2 in Rd. 4.

    • redchiefs

      Is he a special teams gunner or something other than a RB?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Nah, not really.

  • KCinTX

    Hope our next pick is Kyle Juszcyk, FB, Harvard.

  • unclejesse40

    It they were going to take a guy with injury problems I would have rather seen them take a chance with Lattimore. If you cant stay healthy in college, the odds are you cant stay healthy in the pros.

    • KCMikeG

      I like Lattimore too but his injuries are more severe and more recent. He may still be available as an UDRFA.

  • redchiefs

    ESPN was obsessed about his fumble percentage, it is very bad. Kiper stressed his speed and ability, but others stressed his very high fumble percentage.

    • stephan costa

      Glaring ball security issues (13 fumbles) and obvious health issues. Ive liked the rest of our additions this year,but I dont like this pick

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

      It wasn’t bad… I think the statement was…

      The worst percentage of ANYONE who we’ve pulled the numbers on…. The worst.

      • clay simester

        No not only the worst ever, but they said a score of 1.8 was bad and his was over 6! So its like the worst ever x3

  • Stacy D. Smith

    From a pure talent perspective, I get it. The kid showed his ass at the Combine. Fastest in the runningback class and did 31 reps of 225.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      He could be very dangerous. Seems very boom or bust to me.

      • Killerdoctor27

        Agree, I think injury problems should never be overlooked and also he has fumbling problems. I just don’t like taking players in the 3rd round who have injury problems( aka brad cottam and tony moeaki). I mean can someone PLEASE give me an example of a guy who was hurt all the time in college and turned out to be a beast in the NFL. I mean it’s pretty rare.

        • ArrowFan

          adrian peterson

          • redchiefs

            I like that example, so it is possible he could be the steal of the draft, hmm. Never know do we?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I believe Peterson had similar problems with hanging onto the ball too, no?

        • Norman Gunn

          Willis Mcgahee

        • NicholasAlanClayton

          Rob Gronkowski.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Absolutely. More of a project player. I think the bottom of the third is too early for projects, but I get it. They love his athleticism. He’s a big, strong kid with game-breaking speed.

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          They may have figured that the compensatory pick was a bonus so they’d use hit to swing for the fences. Doesn’t seem like Dorsey’s style but who knows?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I think they drafted him purely on talent and athleticism. IF he can stay healthy, the kid will be an asset to this offense. 225+ with sub-4.4 speed? His Combine performance was SICK!

          • David Fritch

            Ya I hope I’m wrong but this looks like an Al Davis pick (think DHBay). But at least it’s not in the first round!!

    • troy utt

      I had to look this cat up to be perfectly honest… But when I saw his numbers I could understand why R&D took the chance on him. If they are able to address the issue of not hanging on to the ball, his 6+ yard per carry would be a nice addition to have with Charles in the backfield!!! The man owned the drill’s at the combine, practically making it look like who’s up next on the play-station!

  • http://twitter.com/Syn82 Syn

    I don’t get this one … Maybe we trade his rights to Jerry Jones for the rest of thier picks? I just don’t see it with this one, really didn’t think a RB needed to be drafted by us this year. I just really don’t know what to think about this one.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      With Hillis gone, we needed a bigger back in the fold. I think it was a need. I wouldn’t have taken one here, but I understand why they did.

      • clay simester

        I realize there has to be someone to help take the load off of JC but could we not have moved up 1 spot and taken Lacy? I would have actually liked that move

      • http://twitter.com/Syn82 Syn

        I dunno I guess it’s partly because I don’t remember a complementary back to Westbrook, and that’s what I see Reid doing with JC, and partly because with how this draft has been playing out, I figured they’d be able to get a back as an UFA. I can’t say I don’t like the pick or that I do, just don’t get using a 3rd round on a RB this year

      • Michael Shaw

        We have 3 other guys that can relieve JC, why do we need him?

  • Da Menace

    What a craptastic draft for the Chiefs so far..

  • disqus_16y6XbFbR2

    Hey guys, I’m from Arkansas and loved Davis here. If he can stay healthy he will beast for y’all. The fumble issues were completely due to lack of confidence after injury it seemed to us fans here. And notice he’s only 21 years old. Was young for his class so can still have a long career if healthy.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Thanks for the inside scoop. I was just throwing up some highlights and I noticed how young he was. I have high hopes for him in Reid’s system. Hopefully his injury issues were just bad luck.

      • clay simester

        He was hurt the last 2 years in high school and most of his college career, i cant convince myself that luck can be that bad for anyone

  • clay simester

    I think its a terrible pick. The only things he does consistantly is get hurt and fumble. I think we’ve missed a ton of opportunities today and i honestly believe we’ve actually been outdrafted by the raiders and lions. Can we at least still snag Quinton Patton before we let another one slip by? Man, i was totally disgusted today

    • Ehud

      I would say we’ve actually had the worst draft in the AFC West. If that’s the case then we’ll be picking towards the top next year.

    • redchiefs

      I’m ok with the first two picks, Fisher will start right off at a high level. I think that TE is going to be a nightmare to our opponents, I’m pretty sure he’ll be a contributor right off. I’m scratching my head on this last one. It’s the 3rd round, this is suppose to be a deep draft with quality guys, but we pick someone with a histories of injuries (emphasis on multiple injuries), and worse yet has a big problem with fumbles.

    • Killerdoctor27

      I agree Quinton Patton needs to be looked at!!

  • Derek

    i will say i give the rams balls at least this draft moving on both austin and bailey and minnesota how did all that goodness happen at once? as for the chiefs….there aren’t words for this….

  • thabear04

    We got

    Charles
    shaun draughn
    Cyrus Gray

    now Knile Davis I did not think we need one here but. They must something that we dont know as fans.

    • Michael Shaw

      And what about Eachus?????

      • thabear04

        He was more of a FB then RB

  • Derek

    btw was anyone expecting mattheiu to the cards?! let alone in round 2 even

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Round 3.

    • clay simester

      His interview was even less impressive than his off field bs. He just passed Devin Hester as the dumbest nfl player ever. Please dont ever interview this guy again. His girlfriend is pretty fine though

      • Derek

        lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/genemyuk Gene Yuknis

    need a good laugh… check out espn new york. jets fans page

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

    And another pass on trying to find a linebacker…

    Wait wait… It must be me that’s dumb. We must have a full compliment of linebackers capable of covering the middle of the field… My mistake… I DIDN’T watch teams destroying us between the hash marks last year… Total dream sequence…

    My bad guys…. I was dumb… I’m good now… Lets draft another punter!!!!!!

    • ArrowFan

      I remeber never getting first downs last year.

      • redchiefs

        Amen, the offense killed this team last year.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      What ILB had a third round grade that wasn’t already taken? There are still four ILB’s who could probably come in and start for this team. We’ll have Rounds 4 and 5 to snag one of them.

      • ArrowFan

        Or QB’s ha ha

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I actually hope the next two picks are Tyler Wilson and Kevin Reddick!

      • KCMikeG

        You’re right Stacy. I want A.J. KLEIN – GO CYCLONES!!!
        Plus we have FA – from Philly = Reid likes him = Akeem Jordan was running with the #1′s. We have resigned Edgar Jones (who played well on ST’s and was coming on strong as he got some defensive reps). We have also brought in Zach Diles and Chad Kilgore for depth.

      • NicholasAlanClayton

        Or just keep going BPA and snag Karlos Dansby once the Draft is over. I’d be alright with that.

    • Mike Arnold

      I completely agree. No decent ILB, we will get burned again and again. We needed to either trade BA to free up space or go another route, no reason to have to great LT’s. I am in the camp we should have traded BA, not because of his lack of talent, but for the insane cap hit they are taking on his franchise tag. do they even have enough to pay our draft picks? do they now go cap in hand to either Tamba or A. Smith and ask to restructure so they can have enough cap money? I love my chiefs. but this has been a mistake IMHO. Only other thing I can think is for Reid and Dorsey to say they need to go to 4-3 due to lack of linebacking fro effective 3-4

  • ArrowFan

    So far all Ofensive players I guess Dorsey and Ried know where the problems are.

    • Michael Shaw

      So I guess ILB is no longer an issue.

  • mg2098

    Watch some 2010 film. He dominated top SEC opponents. Besides the injury prone status on his scouting report I believe the scouts to be dead wrong. He has as much potential as DMC. A lot of colleges tend to recruit the same type of players and I think him and McFadden compare in many ways. If he stays healthy he’s a boom pick for Dorsey. For 220+ he plants the foot and hit the hole with authority and speed. Love the pick.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I don’t “love” it, but I totally get why they took him. If this kid stays healthy, he’s going to be trouble. That kid runs downhill. He doesn’t tapdance. He hits the hole and gets upfield. And with his combination of size and speed, he’ll be a load.

      • mg2098

        Watch the 2010 LSU vs Arkansas game. You will get stoked. If he gets back to that form he’s a first round talent.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Thing is, he hasn’t been the same since.

          • mg2098

            That’s true but that whole team wasn’t the same. A year ago Wilson was a top 10 pick. Now he’s sitting there in the 4th. Arkansas as a team crashed and burned. Missing a year of football doesn’t help either.

          • ArrowFan

            A HC change like that will do that to a team.

          • mg2098

            Agreed! They also lost some talent in 2011 draft.

          • berttheclock

            Having mediocre coaches from Carroll College and Weber State did not help.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I actually like the 2012 game with Texas A&M as a better representation of what he can do running the football (despite several fumbles in that game). I think he’s more shifty now than he was before (he’s still not all that shifty).

          • mg2098

            At 6’1 he does run high but on tall backs like AP and DMC I think the shiftiness can be a bit deceiving. It looks a little less fluid.

    • David Fritch

      This kid is a freakin BURNER once he hits the hole….this could be fun this year….left punch right punch with Charles / Davis!

    • clay simester

      He already is like DMC, he’s constantly hurt and never plays

      • mg2098

        Lol. Already thought about that. McFadden didn’t get hurt til the pros. Maybe Kniles is the anti McFadden and left his injuries in college. I’m sure his medical combine eval was fine.

    • Chief Hokie

      Yea I think he’s very similar to McFadden

  • ArrowFan

    i’m fine with passing on all QB in this draft. Who do we pick next?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Tyler Wilson. Hahaha…

      • calciomoti

        I concur!

      • clay simester

        If we had to take another qb, i’d much rather take Zac Dysert or Tyler Bray

    • Michael Shaw

      Actually could be Ryan Nassib????????

    • Chief Hokie

      Okafor

  • calciomoti

    I watched the entire rb combine and I was extremely impressed with this kid, I truly hope he turns out to be a great player. But couldn’t we pick him up with tomorrows picks? Why did we sign fasano and keep moeaki then draft a te first in the third? I thought we need an ilb…

    • Derek

      exactly!

  • Norman Gunn

    Selecting a project shows the depth of this team. I’ve been so pissed that we haven’t drafted play makers. Well our last two picks are play makers..

  • David Fritch

    We will be the top rushing team in the NFL this year and our special attack will be known by all as the “Charles Davis”. When teams are interviewed after games they will be like “Maaaan….We just got Charles Davised!! It will be even more ironic when the man holding the microphone is Charles Davis……And then they will be like “Now we just got Charles Davis ^2 squared!”

    • KCMikeG

      Try Charles McCluster Davised.

      • David Fritch

        Then we could mix it up to RUN-D.M.C.

        • KCMikeG

          Awesome backfield name!!

  • Brody Hall

    U dont fill needs through the draft… U fill needs through FA and draft the best talent possible its called winning long term. KC will find an ILB through FA guys

    • clay simester

      wow all the analysts have been wasting their time by listing all the team needs on the draftboards! KC is done in FA. They barely have enough cap space to sign the players that they draft. P.S. trying to build a team through FA is a losing strategy. Ask the Eagles

      • NicholasAlanClayton

        For the first year, rookie salaries are outside of the cap. We can still afford Karlos Dansby.

    • berttheclock

      I see you really have followed the drafting by both Trent Baalke of the Niners and Telesco of the Bolts. They have added needs better than most GMs in this draft. The Niners are built through the draft, not FAcy. Best player available sounds great, but, if you really look at who is drafted, vast majority of the time, you will find that player fits a need. Few BPAs are taken and, then, the HC tries to find spot for him.

  • ArrowFan

    A Cowboys fan I work with warned me about Ried picking guys out of the blue, just like this, thing is he is usualy spot on with them. My friend has also mention several times that he is so happy that Ried is out of the Cowgirls hair.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Look, this is a boom or bust pick. Are there injury concerns? Yup. Do they need to fix his fumbling problem? Yup. If he stays healthy and stops fumbling could he be the best RB in this draft class? Yup. Big ifs to overcome and I have no idea if he will or not, but if this pick hits it will be a home run.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Also, I’m calling it right now. Davis will be the most hyped player in training camp this year. Everyone will rave about how impressive he looks running around in shorts and the fans will start to fall in love with this guy.

      • KCMikeG

        Too late! I’ve already fallen for him and am getting the wheels on his bandwagon.

    • KCMikeG

      Seems like Charles had fumbling issues too didn’t he? Didn’t we get him in the 3rd round because of that??

  • Roger Mihalko

    This pick makes no sense either, we gain no value on offense here. He is injury prone his whole career, Let some other team use their pick on him. I would they rather use these two picks on at least attempting to pick positions we need, wile maybe lessor players that are projects, instead of this. I have nothing against him personally,

  • redchiefs

    I think they can coach out the fumbles, Dwayne Bowe overcame dropping the ball so I have hope. But like Kendrick Lewis, I’m not sure the injuries will stop. I’d rather they not taken a gamble with a 3rd round pick. Now, if he can get rid of the fumbles, and he can stay healthy, his athleticism might make him the steal of the draft.

  • NathanaelL

    coach out the fumbles? really? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chief Hokie

      AP used to fumble alot

  • mattU

    This pick doesn’t make any sense. Barkley was possibly a top 20 pick if he comes out last year…he’s still on the board at our compensatory 3rd and they take an injury-prone fumble machine? Sorry but this guy would have been available with our 4th round pick, and possibly even our 5th.