Height: 6-4 Weight: 247 Age: 28
Born: 1/15/1986 Toledo , OH
Selected By: Washington Redskins
Pick (Overall): 17 (48)
When the former high school running back enrolled at Southern California, few expected him to finish his career as the team's record holder for receptions by a tight end. With his natural hands and excellent quickness, Fred Davis often created mismatches, especially for opposing linebackers trying to cover him on deep routes. He would be used as a wideout in multiple-WR formations, adding another dimension to the Trojans' passing attack.
With his athletic ability and emergence as a receiver, it was not surprising that he was recognized as the best tight end in college football. The 2007 recipient of the John Mackey Award, Davis averaged 14.2 yards per reception in 2007, second among the nation's tight ends. He was the first tight end since 1985 to lead Southern California in receptions (62).
At Rogers High School, Davis earned Super Prep, Prep Star and Insiders.com All-American first-team honors. He was a second-team USA Today All-USA choice and named to the Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team and Tom Lemming Top 100 squads. The Super Prep All-Midwest Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-Midwest and All-Ohio selection had over 500 receiving yards, 600 rushing yards, 100 tackles and four interceptions while scoring 12 touchdowns as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback and strong safety in 2003.
As a junior, he made the Student Sports Junior All-American and All-Ohio squads while running for 1,100 yards and catching 50 passes for over 700 yards, with 26 scores on offense. He also registered 80 tackles and two interceptions on defense. On the basketball team, Davis averaged 15 points per game and also participated as a hurdler on the track team.
Davis graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2004, where he was a reserve wide receiver and tight end as a first-year freshman. He saw action in nine games, finishing that first season with 30 yards on four catches.
While playing mostly in reserve in all 13 games in 2005, Davis earned three starting assignments -- vs. Stanford, California and Fresno State. He finished with 13 caches for 145 yards (11.2-yard average) and two touchdowns, showing the coaching staff that he was ready to replace departed Dominique Byrd as the Trojans' starting tight end in 2006.
As a junior, Davis started 10 of 13 contests. He collected 352 yards with three touchdowns on 38 receptions (9.3-yard average). That performance earned him second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors from The NFL Draft Report and Scout.com.
In 2007, Davis finally earned national attention. In addition to winning the Mackey Award as college's top tight end, he was USC's first All-American first-team tight end since Jim Obradovich in 1974. He is the first tight end to lead USC in receptions in a season since Joe Cormier in 1985, in receiving yardage since Hoby Brenner in 1980 and in touchdown receptions since Antoine Harris in 2000. He went on to catch a career-high 62 passes for 881 yards (14.2-yard average) and eight touchdowns while also recording a pair of tackles.
In 48 games at Southern California, Davis started 28 contests. He holds all of the school career and single-season records for tight ends, finishing with 117 receptions for 1,408 yards (12-yard average) and 13 touchdowns. He recorded a pair of solo tackles and also recovered an onside kickoff.