Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
|TE - #6||59.86||SF||Active||9 years||30||6'3||250||@VernonDavis85|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jul-05-2014 by Brad Kruse
GO DEEPER: 2013 was a great year for Vernon Davis. He recorded 52 receptions for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns. 25-percent of his receptions went for touchdowns as he assumed the role of deep threat in San Francisco. He added career-highs in yards, yards per catch and touchdowns. Due to his performance last season, his draft stock should stay very high as a lock in the second tier of tight ends.
Editor's note: At TE, it's important to find value. Davis is going to be the fourth or fifth player drafted at his position. Given the volatility in scoring from year to year, it may be best to only select Davis if he falls a full round from his 64.47 ADP. For example, at that spot you might be able to draft Ben Tate, Torrey Smith or Nick Foles. On the other hand, if you wait a round to draft a TE, Jordan Reed or Jason Witten might be available.
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree played in five games last season, but that wasn't really Michael Crabtree. The sixth-year wideout said it himself last week: "I was fast enough to be on the field. But I wasn't me."
This is understandable, of course, as Crabtree was coming back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the spring. He is fully healthy now, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has noticed an improved Crabtree on the field.
There are two ways to look at Crabtree's fantasy stock.
He is a value pick in the fifth round as the No. 1 receiver in an offense with a good quarterback, plenty of options around him to keep defenses honest and a desire to throw more often this season. And he was so good in 2012.
Crabtree is being overdrafted since there are too many mouths to feed in the Niners' passing game, and this is still a run-centric offense. And outside of an eight-week stretch in 2012, he hasn't lived up to expectations.
I think I lean toward the latter statement, but choose your own destiny.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/20 - 49ers WR Michael Crabtree: I wasn't me last season
7/23 - 49ers TE Vernon Davis reports to training camp
7/22 - 49ers WR Stevie Johnson on roster bubble
7/22 - 49ers TE Vernon Davis not reporting to training camp Wednesday would be 'big surprise'
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|6.06||Bluefish Blitz - Assuming he shows up to camp, he's still a mismatch nightmare for defenses. SF defense might not be elite anymore, which should lead to more passing|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|8.03||Draft Sharks - I'm relatively down on Davis this year and didn't think I'd end up with him on any of my teams. But as the 9th TE off the board? Sure, I'll take him.|
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