by Chris Burke
"It has been a goal of mine for a long time to have the opportunity to play in the NFL," Davis said. "I thank (Illinois) Coach (Ron) Zook and all my teammates at Illinois who have helped me get to this place. Because I was able to get on the field early at Illinois and because Coach Zook believed in me so much, I think I am ready for the new challenge that professional football brings."
Illinois had to expect this decision from Davis -- he's coming off a strong year where he piled up 78 tackles a pair of interceptions. For the second straight season, Davis also earned a spot on the semifinal list for Thorpe Award, given to the nation's best defensive back.
Respected draft site WalterFootball.com ranks Davis as the No. 2 corner in the draft, behind only Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins. DraftCountdown.com, meanwhile, projects Davis as the No. 15 overall pick by New England.
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