Fitz's New Deal Opens Up Draft Day Options

With Larry Fitzgerald's restructured contract finally in the books, the Cardinals can go about addressing their defensive deficiencies in free agency. This, in turn, will allow Arizona to use a couple of draft picks to bolster its offense. Cardinalinsider.com takes a look at one offensive prospect who can help out between the hashes.

Tight end Kellen Davis (6'6", 246 pounds) is a big target from Michigan State. In 2007, he caught 32 passes for 513 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

During Senior Bowl week, Davis quickly got acclimated and was rolling by his second practice. He met with coaches from the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers.

"I was able to catch some balls. I thought I did a decent job blocking," he said.

Somewhat of a sleeper candidate who has yet to post any groundbreaking numbers, Davis is an athlete with rare size. He will track the ball over his shoulder and make tough catches. He boasts a rare combination of deep speed and in-line blocking ability.

The downside is that Davis drops too many passes and is only an average route runner. He is something of an enigma. He runs a 4.6 in the 40, but he doesn't play as fast as his timed speed. His work ethic is questionable, and a 2006 arrest and multiple-game suspension for an off-field fight could be a deterrent.

Davis is an intriguing player who could be an offensive threat for the Cardinals. In 2007, Leonard Pope led all Cardinals tight ends with a modest 23 receptions.

Arizona added tight end Jerame Tuman as a free agent this offseason, but he was acquired primarily for blocking purposes.

If Davis can break out and put up the kind of numbers he is capable of, he could become a favorite target for quarterback Matt Leinart. Davis believes he is up to the challenge.

"I'm hard-working; I'm a good kid. I try to play hard and aggressively. I'm a good teammate. I go out there and try to do my best all the time," he said.


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