Perhaps no player in the entire 2006 NFL Draft class had bigger expectations only to follow it up with bigger disappointments than tight end Vernon Davis. To be fair though, it wasn’t his fault that injuries marred an impressive start to his rookie campaign.
Davis was selected sixth overall in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers. After signing a five-year, $23 million contract (including $15.2 million in guaranteed money), Davis quickly showed why he was such a high selection after catching five passes for 37 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1 performance against the Cardinals.
After his sparklingly debut, Davis quickly fell to a rash of injuries in the ensuing weeks that limited him to only 10 games. Hip and calf injuries, as well as a cracked bone in his leg, sidetracked a promising start to his career. He did bounce back to record at least one catch in each of his final six games and even added two more touchdowns to give him three on the season.
Much like his rookie season, Davis once again was ransacked by injuries in his second year. He did finish with 52 receptions for 509 yards and four touchdowns, but the Niners struggled mightly on offense.Davis runs a 4.38 40 and has a 42 inch vertical jump, which is incredible for a tight end his size. He even out benched New York Jets’ offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson at the ‘06 NFL Scouting Combine, performing 33 reps of 225 pounds compared to Ferguson’s 26.
San Francisco 49ers Official Player Bio: Vernon Davis
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“Vernon Davis’ Story”
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Much like his rookie season, Davis once again was ransacked by injuries in his second year. He did finish with 52 receptions for 509 yards and four touchdowns, but the Niners struggled mightly on offense.
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On what he enjoys more, recieving or run blocking:
"I take pride in each and every one of them, but what I love to do is get my hands on that ball."
On who he compares himself to in the NFL:
"I guess I pattern myself after Gates, but I plan on being better than him once I get to the NFL. I tend to go beyond my position and look at wide receivers like T.O."
On being passionate:
|"In high school, everything I did, I was passionate about it. In college, I just took it to a whole new level, especially playing with Shawne Merriman. He's just as passionate as I am. It was me and him, every day, every snap, just getting after it. When you've got a guy on your team who's competitive, you're going to stand up beside him and show him you can do the same thing."