Photo of Kellen Davis
Grade
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  • 4.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 259LBS. Weight

Overview

Davis is the most physically imposing tight end in the 2008 draft. Blessed with rare size, strength and overall athleticism, he has the combination of physical talent that every team is looking for.

Though he enjoyed a breakout senior campaign, he remains an enigma. Davis entered his senior season with 10 starts in 30 game appearances. Over that span, he had caught 28 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Davis has become a more prominent member of Michigan State's offense, matching his previous career numbers with 28 grabs (for 475 yards and five touchdowns) through the first 12 games of the 2007 season.

Davis lacks great quickness off the snap and hasn't shown the willingness to work hard to improve his route-running and blocking. He relies on his own natural ability on the football field and is so big and strong the Spartans have used him as a defensive end at times this season. In limited duty as a pass rusher Davis has registered six tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Davis hasn't demonstrated the work ethic to improve and his 2006 arrest for an off-field fight will scare off some clubs. Still, a team will fall in love with his potential and draft him higher than his production and past work ethic warrants.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Looks the part. ... Chiseled upper and lower with room for additional mass without loss of speed. ... Good overall athlete. ... Marginal quickness off the snap. ... Flashes deep speed to challenge down the seam. ... Flashes soft hands. ... Can make the tough catch and can track the ball over his shoulder. ... Good leaping ability. ... Uses his frame to shield the defender from the ball. ... Good inline blocker. ... Good physicality at the line of scrimmage. ... Combination of size and strength to earn playing time as a defensive end here, as well. Negatives: Isn't the sum of his parts. ... Has been rumored to have a 4.6 40-yard time and a 36-inch vertical jump, but this speed and explosiveness isn't consistently evident on the field. ... Lacks explosiveness off the snap and struggles to generate true separation due to only marginal route-running. ... Allows passes to get into his pads and struggles at times with drops. ... Lacks explosiveness off the snap when used as a defensive end. ... Suspended for three games in 2006 for an off-campus fight.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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