Chargers Consider Athletic Two-way Player

Although A.J. Smith said the Chargers will not look for tight ends in the draft, the Bolts couldn't avoid meeting with this tight end at the Senior Bowl. That's because--although his primary position is tight end--this prospect also excelled at defensive end. The Bolts note his expanding role on the field, proving he is a powerhouse to be watched.

Kellen Davis of Michigan State convened with the Bolts at the Senior Bowl. Among other teams that paid personal attention to Davis were the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. Davis was ready to impress the scouts in Mobile, Ala.

"I was able to catch some balls and do a descent job blocking," he said.

Davis wrapped up his senior year as honorable mention All-Big Ten. He appeared in all 13 games, including 12 starts at tight end. His 32 receptions, 513 receiving yards and six touchdowns showed his ability to move on to greener pastures.

Davis flaunted also his athleticism and versatility by logging snaps at defensive end. He showed a burst off the edge and recorded six total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.

The 6'6", 259-pound athlete has the prototype body for a tight end. He uses his whole body to shield defenders and, with his solid hands and great leaping ability, he can soar through the air and win jump balls.

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The Spartan brings a strong physical element to the line of scrimmage and is a physical in-line blocker, which allows him to double as a defensive end.

Davis made a splashing statement at the NFL Combine, landing within the top ten among the tight ends in the 40-yard dash (4.6 seconds), bench press (20 reps) and broad jump (9'9"). His power only aids his consistent and reliable element on the field.

Davis is a smooth route-runner and knows how to utilize his size to optimize performance. He easily cuts and gets down the seam to receive the ball in the midst of a crowd, ready to make things happen. He also has the explosive speed after the catch.

Davis has the size and post-up ability to be a nice red-zone target. He was excited about the Spartans Pro Day and appreciated the comfortable environment to showcase his talent.

"It's a more personable atmosphere here because the coaches are down on the field with us and we get to interact with them more. I like talking to the coaches so I can get to know them a bit better."

Davis' versatile package is one the Bolts could surely use. All but one starter is expected to return to the Bolts in '08, so they look to build depth across the board. Davis' ability to play at tight end and defensive end would give the Bolts opportunity to experiment.

While Antonio Gates is an elite player who will be back as a starting force next season, he did suffer a toe injury that limited him in the postseason. Gates may not be ready by opening day.

Not only could Davis build depth behind Gates, but he could also be molded in Ted Cotrell's 3-4 defensive scheme to bolster depth behind Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman. Phillips, like Davis, spent time at both tight end and defensive end in college.

The Chargers enter the draft weekend with only one pick in the first four rounds, so they will be choosy about their selections. With an aggressive player and the ability to conquer dual positions, Davis has the talent to justify one of the team's five picks.

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