Bummed that he didn’t get drafted this weekend, former Hokies receiver Marcus Davis calmed himself down and tried to get his mind off of it with a little TV. On the screen? An NFL Films production about the top undrafted players in league history.
“It’s like it was speaking to me,” he said.
Davis will still get his shot in the NFL, announcing Sunday that he had agreed to a free agent deal with the New York Giants.
They called with about 30 minutes left in the draft. Davis and his agent talked it over, preparing for a worst-case scenario — not getting drafted — and agreed that New York was a great situation for him. He decided on the Giants about five minutes after the draft ended.
“I think I can just go in and compete for if not playing time, then at least competing for a spot on the 53-man roster,” he said.
He’ll have familiar faces there. The Giants drafted two Hokies early in last year’s draft who figure to have prominent roles this year — running back David Wilson and cornerback Jayron Hosley. They also signed outside linebacker Alonzo Tweedy to an undrafted free agent deal yesterday.
Davis, who led Virginia Tech with 51 catches for 953 receiving yards and five touchdowns last year, still doesn’t know all the reasons that led to him not being selected, although there were numerous theories — from the receivers’ lackluster blocking last year to his agent’s relationship with NFL teams to concerns about a shoulder injury from five years ago.
For whatever reason, he dropped. Initially, he didn’t watch, but as his phone didn’t ring, he tuned in, only to hear names called of players he’d never heard of, adding to his frustration.
“Teams passed on me for whatever reason,” Davis said. “That’s up to them. But going into camp, I’m going to use that as motivation. Everybody passed on me. The Giants gave me an opportunity to come in and try to prove myself. So I’m just going to use that and come into camp a different person.”
Davis has a week and a half before rookie mini-camp starts. There, he hopes he can follow in the footsteps of some other notable undrafted free agents who have flourished in the NFL, including quarterback Tony Romo, running back Arian Foster, receiver Wes Welker and, on the team he’s joining, receiver Victor Cruz.
“I’m just going to keep working out and be on top of my game going in,” Davis said. “Make sure I leave a great impression on the coaches and just let them know that I’m coming and I mean business when I get there.”