BleedinBlue Posted May 2, 2012 Share Posted May 2, 2012 I've been researching all our UDFA's and seems we might have another possible player who might make it big in the NFL. If he lives up to half the hype, he could become a solid slot receiver. He'll be in the mix with Jernigan and Barden competing for a spot on the team. Anyway.... I was reading "Bleacher Report" (I know, some of you guys hate the site....or at least Storm does), and they gave grades to each of our 11 UDFA's. Most were "B's" and "C's", but Janzin Jackson was an "A+" and David Douglas was an "A". That of course stirred my interest to see why he'd be graded an "A". ( http://bleacherrepor...k-giants/page/3 ) Then I read Sports Illustrated which does a piece each year called the "Wes Walker Watch List", which lists the top 10 UDFA's among all UDFA's to try and forecast the next Wes Walker. In the intro, they discuss Victor Cruz as an example of extreme talent sifting through the cracks and not getting drafted. Anyway, they have David Douglas as one of the 10 UDFA's who could turn into something great. ( http://sportsillustr...list/index.html ) From all I have read, this kid has "slot receiver" written all over him. The book on him is that he runs extremely precise routes and can catch anything. Although he wasn't used at Arizona as a return guy, when the team was ahead, the coach would use him as the return guy just because he has such good hands and never dropped the ball and would be told, "just catch it and don't do anything fancy". He's also a workaholic and a gym rat kind of guy always pushing himself. On his pro day in Arizona, he ran a 4.4, and has keep football sense. At 6'1" and 207 lbs, he shows his leaping ability and athleticism by dribbling a basketball between his legs and then crossing the ball behind his back as he makes a power dunk. Pretty good for a white guy under 6'5". Anyway, here's a couple of quick writeups on him from local papers in Arizona: 1) Is David Douglas the Next Wes Walker? http://www.azdeserts...next-wes-welker "The NFL Draft is far from perfect. When it comes down to it, careers aren't made tomorrow's first day of the draft, nor the next or the next. They're made in training camp, when those players show their teams that throwing the bank at them based on studying long hours film was a good decision. Lots of talent goes unnoticed, and for all we've talked about Arizona Wildcats Nick Foles, Juron Criner, and even Trevin Wade as draft talents, down the road it might be David Douglas who finds himself heartily contributing to an NFL team. Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks has Douglas on a shortlist of players he calls the Wes Walker Watch List, which is "a compilation of 10 little-known prospects who have a shot to make it in the league even if they don't get drafted, or wind up being selected in the late rounds." And Douglas is the only one who fits the Welker profile of being short, white and unheralded. Like Welker, a former Texas Tech wideout, Douglas played in an offense spawned from the ideals of Mike Leach. Like Welker, Douglas will probably go undrafted. At 6-foot-1, 207 pounds, Douglas actually has more size than Welker, and Foles, one of Douglas' best friends, has said he's unassumingly one of the better athletes on the Arizona football team. Here are Banks' thoughts on Douglas: The Wildcats' No. 2 receiver behind the more highly regarded Juron Criner, Douglas didn't have gaudy stats as a senior (65 catches for 666 yards and four touchdowns), but he flashed real potential this spring, running in the 4.4s with a 39-inch vertical leap. He has excellent short-burst quickness and the ability to find the gaps in a defense, and at 6-1, 207 pounds he has the necessary size to project to the NFL. Douglas will be either a late-round pick or a priority collegiate free agent, and scouts have grown more impressed with his soft hands, tight route running and football instincts as the spring has worn on. The Lions and Bills are two of the teams thought to be interested in his market". ----------------------------------- 2) Former receiver David Douglas breaks out at UA's Pro Day "A quick look around the Internet will show you which former Arizona football players are likely to get drafted to the NFL in April. Quarterback Nick Foles, receiver Juron Criner and cornerback Trevin Wade, all projected to be selected as high as the second round in the draft by various websites, were even invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. David Douglas, a former UA receiver, was nowhere to be found — at least, until Monday when Arizona held its Pro Day. In front of scouts and personnel from nearly every NFL team, Douglas stole the show from his more highly touted counterparts, running a blazing unofficial 4.45 second 40-yard dash, putting up 20 bench press reps of 225 pounds and recording a 36.5 inch vertical jump, according to Foles. “I thought I had a good day,” Douglas said. “I feel like I performed well in everything, it went well playing with Nick and all in all it was a good day for me.” The 6-foot-1 receiver from McKinney, Texas, turned more than a few heads on Monday, and might have played his way into the NFL Draft. Former UA quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo, who conducted the workouts on Monday, said the Wildcats might not have utilized Douglas as much as they could have when he played for Arizona. “David did what we asked him to do while he was here, I think today he showed that we didn’t ask him to do enough,” Scelfo said. “David made some money today.” Now that Douglas has firmly placed himself on the NFL radar, the fact that people have been overlooking him in terms of his NFL prospects gives him a chip on his shoulder. “It’s definitely a motivational factor, I mean (Criner, Wade and Foles) deserve all the attention, those guys are great players and you have to give them credit, but it’s just something that motivates you,” Douglas said. “Not being invited to the combine, there’s nothing you can do about all of that. I just focused on coming out here and doing the best at the Pro Day I could. I felt like I trained hard and it paid off and I had a pretty good day.” Even though people outside of the Arizona locker room might just be discovering Douglas’ freakish athleticism, it’s not as if this is the first glimpse of Douglas the public has had. For the last two seasons, Douglas was the Wildcats’ second-leading receiver behind Criner in a passing offense that was ranked sixth in the nation in 2011 and eighth in 2010. Over the last two years, Douglas has averaged 58.5 catches, 590.5 yards and 4.5 touchdowns. He had the best game of his career in 2011 when he caught 10 balls for 156 yards and two touchdowns against Utah. Foles, who has been training with Douglas in the weeks leading up to the Pro Day and is currently staying at Scelfo’s house with Douglas, said the performance his friend put on for Monday came as no surprise to him. In fact, he believes Douglas could have done even better. “I knew he was going to do that, he helped (himself) a lot, it was huge,” Foles said. “His vertical was 36.5, but he’s really a 40-inch vertical, I don’t think he was warm. I've seen him make highlight plays with a basketball... there’s a dunk with him just messing around. He’s not even warm and he just goes up under his legs and slams it. The guy is a frickin’ athlete.” Douglas put the NFL on notice with his performance on Monday. “They all saw what I did,” Douglas said in regards to the scouts in attendance. Prior to Monday, the only website to even rank him was CBSsportsline.com — a site that ranks every prospect. CBS had Douglas ranked 739 overall, and as the 104th best receiver prospect. Only about 224 players get drafted. But after Monday’s performance, it’s safe to say that Douglas’ stock is on the rise. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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