I'll never forget Vernon Davis' performance at the 2006 NFL Combine. Considered a late first-round, early second-round prospect when he arrived in Indianapolis that week, Davis took to the RCA Dome carpet like some modern-day Hercules. The chiseled Davis dominated the tight end drills like no player ever had before.
The 40? He ran it in 4.38 seconds, the fastest time by a tight end in the combine's 20-year history.
On the bench press, Davis pumped out 225 pounds 33 times. Unheard of for a tight end. He jumped 42 inches in the air. He also checked in at just over 6-foot-3. Despite catching just 51 passes in his one season starting at Maryland, Davis went sixth overall to the San Francisco 49ers; the highest a tight end had ever been drafted in NFL history.
No one blinked an eye. We'd seen what he did in Indy two months earlier and knew the unlimited possibilities.
Davis wasn't the first of the freakishly athletic tight ends to enter the league this century (see: Antonio Gates), b...