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Fred Davis Ranked No. 5 Future Tight End

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 12, 2012 – 9:56 am

New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski took the tight end position to a new level in 2011, as the Pats’ offense parlayed his rare combination of size, speed and strength into a record-breaking season.

Gronkowski — who just recently signed a huge contract with the Patriots — is obviously considered by many to be the tight end to beat for the next few years in the NFL, but one Washington Redskins’ tight end also finds himself among that elite group.

An ESPN.com article published today by Matt Williamson ranks his picks as the projected top 10 tight ends in 2015, and the Redskins’ Fred Davis came in at No. 5 overall.

Here’s a snippet of Williamson’s evaluation of Davis:

“…you could argue that right now, he is Washington’s best weapon in the passing game. And now the Redskins should be vastly improved at the quarterback position — especially when projecting this passing attack in 2015. Davis has five years of NFL experience, but won’t turn 27 years old until January. He is a field-stretcher and an exceptional athlete and, even in 2015, should be able to create mismatches in the passing game with that skill set.”

Davis, 26, is coming off a career season in which he caught 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns. The 796 receiving yards were the fourth-most in a season by a tight end in franchise history.

Off-the-field issues, however, ended Davis’ 2011 campaign ended four games prematurely.

A 2008 second-round draft pick out of USC, Davis has recorded 131 receptions for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns in his four-year career.

Davis is also in the mix to be a major playmaker in the Redskins’ offense this season under the leadership of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. It’s no surprise that this tandem is expected to do big things for Washington for the next few years.

Only Gronkowski, the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham, the Green Bay Packers’ Jermichael Finley and the Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez ranked ahead of Davis on Williamson’s list.

Click here for a link to the entire article. Disclaimer: You must be subscribed to ESPN Insider to read the whole thing.

Many of you probably remember ESPN.com’s recent breakdown of the top projected NFL teams in 2015. The Redskins came in at No. 20 overall.

Since then, the site has also projected its top running backs and wide receivers for 2015. No Redskins players made either list.

Take these lists with a grain of salt. Though they’re usually compiled by using statistics, common sense and opinion, lists like these are interesting filler for the offseason.

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