ASU's Demario Davis, Kelcie McCray Figure To Keep Red Wolves Draft Streak Going

by Chris Bahn  on Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012 10:42 am  

ASU linebacker Demario Davis could go as high as the second round in the NFL Draft, which begins today. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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Demario Davis has done his part.

Davis was an all-Sun Belt Conference linebacker for Arkansas State. He turned in solid showings at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

Now it’s up to the teams making picks in the NFL Draft, which begins today and runs through Saturday. Davis is one of multiple prospects with state ties expecting a call. Not unlike the other hopefuls, he’s not sure yet who or where the call comes from.

Davis could go as early as the third round and might be the first player with local ties taken this year. Some project Davis, who had 69 tackles for ASU this season, including 10 for loss, as the sixth-best linebacker in the draft, and he has even heard that the second round is a possibility.

“It’s real broad,” Davis told Matt Roberson of the Jonesboro Sun earlier this week. “It’s so broad I’ve heard anything from the second round to the seventh round. It’s probably going to be in between there somewhere. You just leave it up to God and whatever happens, happens.”

Teams liked Davis’ productivity at ASU. They became more impressed after an NFL Combine showing in which he bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times and ran a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash.

Whenever Davis gets the call it will make the sixth consecutive year for an Arkansas State player to get drafted. It’s an impressive streak for a Sun Belt school and Davis will likely have company.

Safety Kelcie McCray is also on the radar of multiple teams. He led the Red Wolves with 70 tackles and four interceptions.

Projections also vary for McCray, but he figures to be a mid-to-late round pick. McCray, like Davis, turned some heads at the combine.

Regardless of where he’s picked, McCray is just happy for an opportunity.

“I’ve been getting a lot of calls,” McCray told The Sun. “I really don’t know where because it’s just hard to say, but anywhere that I end up, I will be grateful.”

Other NFL hopefuls with legitimate draft or free agent shots from Arkansas State include cornerback Darron Edwards, defensive tackle Dorvus Woods and defensive end Brandon Joiner, the Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the year. Joiner has a pending legal case in Texas that could impact his stock.



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