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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Fred Davis
John Tuvey
April 25, 2008
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Tight End - USC

Measurables:
Combine Height: 6-4
Combine Weight: 248
Combine 40 Time: Did not run at Combine, but posted a 4.60 at the USC pro day

Stats:
Caught 62 balls for 881 yards and eight touchdowns.

Skill Set:
The John Mackey Award winner was penciled in as a late-first round option heading into the Combine, but he dropped the ball both literally and figuratively and saw his stock slide dramatically. His body of work at Southern Cal suggests he’s more than capable of making the tough catch, and he demonstrated the soft hands scouts were expecting at his pro day workout earlier this month. A converted wide receiver, Davis is an adequate blocker, but that’s not his forte; it’s his pass catching ability that will land him an NFL gig.

Possible Destinations:
No longer ticketed for a late first-round trip to Seattle or Green Bay, Davis may stay on the board long enough for both clubs to get a second shot at him before Saturday’s festivities conclude. Of course, the Bengals, Bills, Saints, and Vikings might have something to say about that, and the Colts would certainly be interested as well.

Fantasy Impact:
Among life’s certainties are death, taxes, and rookie tight ends not contributing much fantasy-wise. Of course, there’s always an exception to prove the rule and if Davis winds up in Indy, Green Bay, or Seattle you can bet he’ll be an endgame selection in many redraft leagues. So long as you enter the situation with lowered expectations—and one eye on the waiver wire, just in case—it’s a low-level risk with upside. Tight ends aren’t usually a big dynasty league commodity, and unless you’ve got a serious hunch about Davis becoming the next Bubba Franks you can use that roster spot more judiciously.

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