Quartney Davis – WR
Many fans were stoked when the Vikings signed rookie receiver Quartney Davis after this year’s NFL Draft concluded. He was projected to go somewhere around the 5th round and the fact he was available after the draft was a major surprise.
After Minnesota signed him, many began to look at the depth chart and figured Davis’ chances of making the team were very good. While it is entirely possible that he does make the Vikings 53-man roster in 2020, the brakes do need to be pumped a bit.
There were plenty of reasons why Davis went undrafted. He ran a pedestrian 40-yard dash time of 4.54 seconds earlier this year. He also struggled in college at getting off of man-to-man coverage and he wasn’t as productive as he probably should’ve been, being the main target for two years in a pass-heavy attack.
Davis also has an injury history, having torn his ACL early in his college career which caused him to miss his first couple of seasons.
The Vikings receiver corps is also much deeper than it was a season ago and it will be difficult to crack. While the team lost Stefon Diggs, it added Tajae Sharpe and Justin Jefferson. These two along with Adam Thielen, Bisi Johnson, and K.J. Osborn should almost all be guaranteed spots on the team’s 2020 roster.
That leaves potentially only one spot available. Davis has already missed time due to the cancellations of mini-camps and OTAs, and he will need to learn extremely quickly if he’s going to surpass a guy like Alexander Hollins.
There’s no denying Davis is an exciting young player, but giving him a spot on Minnesota’s roster in 2020 is some premature thinking.