Vernon Davis TE 6'3 253 Maryland Jr.
By: Robert Davis
NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.38, 225 bench press - 33 reps, vertical jump - 42"
Vernon Davis became a part time starter as a sophomore and lead the team in receiving yards with 441 yards and three touchdowns on 27 catches. He became a true standout in his only season as a full time starter in 2005. Davis caught 51 passes for 871 yards and six touchdowns on the year, and even returned three kicks for 68 yards.
There is not a more explosive tight end prospect in this years draft. Davis is an excellent athlete, and has fantastic speed and quickness for the position. Whoever gets him could line him up in various slots because of his physical talent. Davis can get open and once he has the ball, he possesses a rare playmaking trait as a tight end. He will be a factor in the passing game in the NFL.
There are legitimate questions about Davis' size. He does not appear as tall or bulky as his listed weight. That will cause some match up problems in the NFL, both as a receiver and as a blocker. It could limit his ability as a full time tight end.
Other than his size, Davis is an outstanding prospect. If he is a legitimate 6'3, he could potentially crack the Top 10 of the draft. (Update: He measured 6'3-1/2" at the combine) His talent is that good. He is a player that should amaze in workouts with his awesome physical skills. Whatever his size is, Davis should find a role in the NFL as a receiver. His receiving ability is too good to not be utilized in some capacity. Davis is likely to be the first tight end selected, but Marcedes Lewis and Leonard Pope are not far behind.
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