Davis provides explosive element

The draft's worst-kept secret was that San Diego Chargers would draft a safety or a wide receiver in round one. With the top four safeties already off the board, the Lightning Bolts shocked most draft pundits by selecting the underrated Craig Davis, adding another weapon to an already loaded offensive arsenal. A receiver from LSU, Davis can stretch the field and is a big play waiting to happen.

Davis (6-foot-1, 207 lbs.) should immediately step in as the team's No. 3 receiver. In obvious passing situations, he will likely line up wide, allowing Eric Parker to slide inside to the slot. Because Davis is so effective at beating jams and getting clean releases, he should be very comfortable in this role.

Perhaps his greatest asset is his deep speed, which will prevent opposing defenses from sitting on the Chargers' routes. That should also make defenses think twice before loading the box to stop LaDainian Tomlinson.

His combination of suddenness, body control and soft hands is also impressive.

"The thing that jumped out at me is he's got great hands," head coach Norv Turner said. "He has great run-after-the-catch ability. That's something we felt we could add to our football team. This is another young guy who's certainly going to contribute and have an effect."

There are still plenty of areas where Davis needs to improve. He must focus on sustaining his blocks, catching the ball with his hands and fighting for catches in traffic. However, working under receivers coach and Hall of Famer James Lofton should help remedy those flaws in a hurry.

Davis' presence should help compensate for the loss of Keenan McCardell, who was released earlier this offseason. That left the team's receiving corps perilously thin, with the tissue-soft Malcom Floyd as the top reserve behind Parker and Vincent Jackson. Now, Davis will assume that top reserve role, improving depth and explosiveness with a single move.

Additionally, San Diego represents a great situation for Davis. He gets to work with ascending quarterback in Philip Rivers while working his way into the highest scoring offense from a year ago. It appears the rich just got richer.

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