Former Razorback, Knile Davis, returned to The Hill this week to compete at Arkansas Pro Day.
The running back played at Arkansas from 2009 to 2012 before entering the NFL Draft. Davis was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 draft. But says he’s happy to be back on his home turf.
“Being around friendly faces and people that I’ve known for a long time,” says Davis. “It was just a good atmosphere to be in.”
Davis has bounced around between four different NFL teams through his nearly 5 years in the league. Most recently, cut by the Steelers in September.
“I’ve had many setbacks in my career and I’ve always bounced back from them,” says Davis. “I think I’m the king of that.”
He may be right. Davis has a long history of injuries dating all the way back to his high school days. First, breaking his collar bone during his junior year. Then breaking his ankle in the first game of his senior season. The former Hog also missed his junior season at Arkansas due to a foot injury. For months though, Davis has been recovering from hip surgery.
“I think what the teams are wanting to see is how did I come off that injury,” says Davis. “You know they always want to see how you recover.”
Davis was just cleared a week ago and adds he’s only at 85%. However, he still impressed at Pro Day, running a 4.58 in the 40 yard dash. Two other former Razorbacks definitely took notice.
“He probably ran a 4.4, 4.5 today.” says Austin Allen. “He still looks well. Catches the ball, runs good routes.”
“He looked good,” says David Williams. “He came in looked the part, chiseled. And he weighed in at like 235 and was moving fluidly.”
Now a free agent, Davis is hoping someone will take a chance on him.
“You know I’ve been in the league four and a half years and that in itself is a blessing,” says Davis. “So I’m just going to continue to go and try to go as long as I can. I still feel great, I’m 26! I’m in my prime. So I’m going to keep going until I can’t.”