Davis brings unique blend of size and speed to league

In the mode of Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates, TE Vernon Davis brings a skill set to the NFL that should cause headaches for defenses.

Originally Published: April 22, 2006
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Tony Gonzalez started the tight end revolution in 1997, coming off the Cal Bear basketball court and onto the football field for the Kansas City Chiefs as a first-round choice. Since 1997, 21 teams have found tight end starters in the first three rounds of the draft; many, like Gonzalez, have basketball backgrounds.

Vernon Davis could be the first of a new, better hybrid of tight end. The guy is a freak, a 6-foot-4, 254-pound athlete with a basketball body and sprinter's speed. ...

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