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Corey Davis: 'Game speed is really what matters'

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Work ethic separates Western Michigan's Corey Davis (0:41)

Mel Kiper Jr. says Western Michigan wide receiver and NFL draft prospect Corey Davis has the necessary commitment to his craft to complement his natural skill set. (0:41)

Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis acknowledges that the pre-draft process has been a bit frustrating.

Davis underwent ankle surgery earlier this offseason and did not participate in the scouting combine in February. That leaves a question mark over his speed that he won't be able to totally erase before the start of the 2017 NFL draft on Thursday night.

"I feel like the game speed is really what matters. Just put a lot of hype into this combine and everything. I know it's a big part of the puzzle but game speed is really what matters and I feel like I would have ran 4.4, low 4.4s," he told ESPN.

Davis says he is at 85 percent health and expects to be full-go at some point over the next few weeks. He posted a video recently to show the progress he's made.

The NCAA's all-time leader in receiving yards (5,285), Davis caught 97 passes for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns this past season. He has the size (6-foot-3, 209 pounds), the athleticism and the route-running precision that has him projected to be a first-round pick, with or without a 40-time. To help solidify that stock, he's met with teams to demonstrate his ability from a mental perspective. He went on five official visits overall, Davis told ESPN's Jenna Laine, including to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"It was one of my first visits. It went really well. I like the coaches, like the team. It was just a good time, I loved it," he said. "They were just one of the first teams to get a hold of my agent and we went from there, ended up meeting with them first."

Davis added that he's watched quarterback Carson Wentz over the past year and "I like the way he plays, I like what he's done. He's a guy that has come from a small school as well and made the most of it."

ESPN draft expert Todd McShay has Davis going ninth overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, while Mel Kiper has him slotted 18th to the Tennessee Titans. There's a wide-range of opinions of exactly where he'll end up, but most believe his name will be called before Thursday night is out in Philadelphia.

"Whatever [the team that drafts me] needs me to do, I'll be happy to do it," he said.