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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Kellen Davis
John Tuvey
April 25, 2008
Tight End - Michigan State

Combine Height: 6-6
Combine Weight: 262
Combine 40 Time: 4.60

Caught 32 balls for 513 yards and six touchdowns. Also recorded two sacks as a situational pass rusher.

Skill Set:
If you’re looking to intimidate the opposition, Davis is the first guy you want walking off the bus. He’s big, he’s cut… but until his senior season at Michigan State the Spartans had yet to figure how to make a football player out of him. That’s how a guy can record both sacks and touchdowns in the same season. Of course, it’s not all the coaching staff’s fault; Davis’ track record is that of a perennial underachiever who lacks a passion for the game. The NFL generally takes athletes and turns them into tight ends and wide receivers, and Davis is too big to play outside. But his athleticism will be too much for some pro club to pass up, and they’ll spend a good deal of effort figuring out a way to harness his physical gifts and turn them into on-field productivity.

Possible Destinations:
Because Davis is both versatile and still a long-term developmental project rather than an immediate contributor, a team wouldn’t necessarily have to need at tight end to add Davis to their roster. As such, the fourth round (Davis’ likely destination) is his oyster. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see a team like the Patriots draft Davis and then figure out where to best use his skills.

Fantasy Impact:
The odds of Davis falling into the bottom 10 percent of productivity for skill position players coming out of the 2008 draft are far greater than those putting him in the top half of that category. At this point he’s really not even worthy of a dynasty league roster spot, as there’s no reason the team that drafts him won’t convert him into an outside linebacker or rush end. He is, however, worthy of keeping an eye just in case some team is eventually able to translate his athleticism into a role that helps the fantasy bottom line. Hey, stranger things have happened.

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