The size. The strength. The speed. The will to never go down without a fight. And, of, course the perpetual smile.
It's hard not to like junior tight end Vernon Davis, one of the hottest college ends in the nation.
Pros: Gifted athlete declared for the NFL Draft after completing an outstanding junior season. Davis is one of the premier players in the draft - and may be the best athlete in this year's class. He was a dominant performer in his short college career. He displays wide receiver ability in a tight end's body with rare speed, mobility and power for the position. He is very quick off the line and fights off defenders well at the line of scrimmage with the ability to get into his pass routes easily. He retains his speed coming out of his breaks and has the ability to separate well in coverage to provide a fine target for his passer. He has the big play ability to be a factor in the vertical game that ranks him from with the best prospects of recent years like Tony Gonzalez and Jeremy Shockey. His rare speed separates him from the rest. He is similar to Antonio Gates as a receiver but superior in all other aspects of the position. Cons: Needs to work on his blocking despite his superior upper-body strength. Numbers: As a junior he caught 51 passes for 871 yards (17.1 yard average) and six touchdowns. At the combine he benched 225 pounds 33 times and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. He has a 42" vertical jump and 10'8" broad jump.
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