His final season in East Lansing didn’t quite go the way Felton Davis had planned. Midway through the 2018 campaign, while Michigan State was battling in-state rival Michigan, the star receiver had his career come to an end.
A ruptured Achilles cost Davis the final six games of his collegiate career. Ever since he left the Spartan Stadium field for the final time, he’s been working to pursue his dream of reaching the NFL.
Davis got one step closer to realizing his lifelong goal of playing professional football this week, competing in the NFL Scouting Combine. And with less than two months until the draft, Davis is hoping that he’s proven he’s done enough to hear his name called at the end of April.
“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s something that everybody don’t get the chance to be able to do,” Davis said at the NFL Combine. “Even with dealing with that I got injured, I still got the opportunity to come out here. So, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity I get.”
Davis wasn’t able to take part in testing or position drills while in Indianapolis, as he continues to rehab from his injury. But the wide receiver still posted 21 reps on the bench press, the fourth-best total among wide receivers.
Suffering from such a serious injury makes it a little more difficult for Davis to prove himself in front of scouts and make a good impression. But his play on the field at Michigan State should speak for itself.
In four seasons in East Lansing, Davis totaled 1,450 yards and 14 touchdowns with 100 receptions. During his final two years, he was considered one of the top receivers in the B1G. Had he not sustained the Achilles injury, Davis would’ve likely been one of the top prospects at the position.
But Davis is hoping that teams still see the value he brings to the field and how he can contribute when he’s 100 percent. And to hear his name on draft day would bring out all kinds of emotions for the former Spartan.
“Me, personally, dealing with what I dealt with,” Davis said, “probably you’ll see a grown man cry.”