The Kansas City Chiefs used their 96th overall pick to select RB Knile Davis, from the University of Arkansas.
Davis (5'10", 227lbs) has the strength and speed that Chiefs RB coach Eric Bieniemy will put to great use.
Although injuries have slowed his seasons at times, when healthy, Davis is as good as advertised. He played in 10 games during the 2012 season, carrying the ball 112 times for 444 yards and two TDs.
Despite being voted a team captain and named to numerous preseason All-America and All-SEC teams, he missed the entire 2011 season after suffering an injury Aug. 11 during a preseason scrimmage.
Following limited carries in 2009, opportunity knocked in 2010 because of injuries to teammates (running back Dennis Johnson, receiver Greg Childs) and Davis made the most of it, leading the SEC in rushing with 1,322 yards, the most by a running back in the conference and the fourth-highest single-season total in program history. His average of 101.7 rushing yards per game ranked just second in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA. Davis also ranked sixth in the SEC with 13 rushing touchdowns, tied for the 10th-highest single-season total in Arkansas history and tied for sixth in the SEC for points by a non-kicker with 84.
Davis' six 100-yard rushing games tied for the fourth-highest single-season total. His 6.48 yards per rushing attempt was the highest in the NCAA among running backs that carried the ball a minimum of 200 times and ranked as the fifth-highest single-season average at Arkansas. He averaged 112.2 all-purpose yards per game, which ranked sixth in the SEC.
Despite the injuries, Davis said that he used the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine to help prove he is worthy and strong enough to play in the league.
"That was my goal coming off that bad season," Davis said. "I needed something to kind of resurrect my career back to where it was. I think that definitely helped."
He ran a group best 4.37-sec 40-yard dash and bench pressed 225-lbs 31 times and added a 33.5-inch vertical jump.
The Chiefs see the upside in Davis and proved it by making him their final third-round pick.