2017 NFL Draft

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Charles Davis

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 263 | College: Purdue
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Regarded as one of the premier players in the country coming out of high school, Davis provided the Boilermakers with clutch pass catching ability in the short area. The three-year starter has the ideal build pro teams look for in a tight end and shows adequate quickness to get into his routes. He is also a versatile athlete, having joined Purdue's basketball team upon returning from the 2004 Sun Bowl.

Davis only played in four games during his senior year at Saint Mary's High School after rupturing a tendon in his finger, finishing with five catches for 75 yards (15.0 avg) while serving as team captain. He caught 23 passes for 317 yards (13.8 avg) with three touchdowns during his junior year while playing for two state championship teams. He also lettered in basketball. He was an Academic All-State pick and a member of the National Honor Society.

Davis redshirted in 2001 at Purdue. He started eleven of thirteen games in 2002, ranking sixth on the team with twelve receptions for 102 yards (8.5 avg). Even though the team averaged 224.0 yards per game passing while Davis started seven games in 2003, he was limited to 36 yards on six catches for the season.

The team nearly doubled its passing numbers in 2004, averaging 446.5 yards per game. Davis benefited from the increased production, catching a career-high 34 passes for 416 yards (12.2 avg) and three touchdowns. As a senior, Davis started seven times. He ranked third on the team with 26 receptions for 311 yards (12.0 avg) and a score, even though the team struggled offensively, averaging 241.7 yards per game passing.

In 49 games with the Boilermakers, Davis started 33 times. He hauled in 78 passes for 865 yards (11.1 avg) and four touchdowns. He also recorded a pair of tackles.


Positives: Has a thick, muscular frame with broad shoulders, wide waist and hips, long arms, large hands and room for at least another ten pounds of additional bulk … Shows good field vision, as he is alert to sticks and chains and demonstrates good urgency working back for the ball … Has good ease-of-movement in his running stride and the loose hips to quickly redirect … Does a good job of getting his head turned to look the ball in and maintains concentration on the pass working in a crowd … Has the foot placement, plant-and-drive agility and loose hips to run precise routes and uses his size effectively to shield the ball … Has large, natural hands, extending well to catch away from the frame … Hard worker in the training room and practices … Will handle any task coaches assign him to with no reservations.

Negatives: Has loose hips, but needs to show better knee bend, especially as a blocker … Marginal in-line blocker who needs to face up with better aggression … Does not get proper hand placement when working to sustain and quicker defenders easily slip off his blocks … Has good field instincts, but for some reason he struggles to locate linebackers when asked to block in the second level … Lacks the second gear to separate and elude after the catch, making him a non-factor as a deep threat.

Davis certainly looks the part of a pro tight end with his thick chest, broad shoulders, wide waist and hips, long arms and muscular lower body. However, he has alternated quite a bit at the position and is generally only on the field in short passing situations. He shows great ease of movement in his running stride, perhaps due to his experience on the basketball court.

Davis is an instinctive athlete who is alert to schemes and coverages. He has the speed to stretch the field and does a good job of looking the ball in when working in a crowd. He has a functional burst to separate from linebackers after the catch, showing the knee bend and flexibility to make adjustments through his routes.

Davis is a very hard worker in the training room and the type other players look to emulate. However, he could use more aggression in his performance, especially when blocking in-line. He gets into good position to work in combination with offensive tackles at the line of scrimmage, but will duck his head before making contact and shows marginal hands when attempting to gain placement and leverage. Davis blocks better on the move, but needs to work harder to sustain his hits. He has the functional strength and feet to face up, but fails to adjust on the move when trying to reach the second level.

Davis can generate a smooth release off the snap, showing the loose hips and valid foot speed to get into his patterns and the cutting ability to come cleanly out of his breaks. He uses his hands adequately to stave off the jam, showing good body control and awareness coming back for the ball.

Davis has to rely more on head fakes and hip shake in order to elude and separate, as he does not show the explosion or second gear to race past defenders after the catch. He is a bit of a long strider and needs to gather some, and while he runs hard he is not a threat to take the ball into the end zone. He can stretch the defense some on short routes, but will lose an open field foot race against defensive backs. He is best when he is able to find and sit in the zone's soft spot. He has good run vision and works hard to get the first down, but by gathering so much at the top of his route he cannot flash the suddenness needed to separate consistently.

Despite his tall frame, Davis does a decent job of sinking his pads to get underneath. He is effective at using his size to shield defenders from the ball and has the ability to look the ball in when working in a crowd. He has only a marginal burst when asked to get deep and accelerate in the seam. He does have a smooth running stride, but lacks the second gear needed to stretch the field on long routes.

Davis' size, work ethic and valid hands will make him an effective performer in a tight end rotation, but he needs to develop better aggression, especially as a blocker. Despite Purdue's passing success, he went long stretches without making much of an impact during game action. He is generally replaced in obvious run blocking situations due to his passive in-line blocking technique, but if he can develop more of a mean streak he could be a nice late draft pick.

Career Notes

Started 33 of 49 games for the Boilermakers, gaining 865 yards with four touchdowns on 78 receptions (11.1 avg) … He also excelled in the classroom, twice earning Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors.

2005 Season

Played in every game, starting vs. Akron, Arizona, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State, Illinois and Indiana … Finished third on the team with 26 receptions for 311 yards (12.0 avg) and a touchdown as the team averaged 241.7 yards per game passing.

2005 Game Analysis

Akron … Opened the season with 18 yards on a pair of catches.

Arizona … Made two catches for 12 yards.

Minnesota … Followed with his only 100-yard performance as a Boilermaker, grabbing five passes, including a 49-yard touchdown on a second quarter toss from QB Brandon Kirsch that concluded an 8-play, 84-yard drive with 1:52 left in the first half.

Notre Dame … Started, but did not catch any passes.

Iowa … Followed with 27 yards on three catches.

Northwestern … This contest was only the second time in his last two years that Davis did not have any receptions in a game.

Wisconsin … Added a 13-yard catch.

Penn State … Had a 10-yard reception.

Michigan State … Matched his career-high (vs. Northwestern in 2004) with six catches, good for 84 yards.

Illinois … Gained 26 yards on four grabs.

Indiana … Closed out his career with two receptions for 21 yards.

2004 Season

Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten Conference choice … Added second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and honorable mention from the league's coaches … Started eight of twelve games, ranking fourth on the squad with a career-high 34 receptions for 416 yards (12.2 avg) and three touchdowns … Part of the team's explosive aerial attack that averaged 446.5 yards per game.

2004 Game Analysis

Syracuse … Started the season with two grabs for 15 yards.

Ball State … Gained 47 yards on five receptions.

Illinois … Totaled 31 yards on three catches.

Notre Dame … Followed with a 13-yard grab.

Penn State … Made a pair of catches for 60 yards.

Wisconsin … Caught three passes for 22 yards and scored his first career touchdown on an 8-yard toss from QB Kyle Orton that capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive in the third quarter.

Michigan … Added 18 yards on two catches.

Northwestern … Had a career-high six receptions for 74 yards.

Iowa … Gained 25 yards on a pair of grabs.

Ohio State … Picked up 26 yards on three catches.

Indiana … Caught two passes for 68 yards, including a career-long 61-yard touchdown on a fourth quarter throw from Kyle Orton that concluded an 80-yard, 5-play drive.

Arizona State (Sun Bowl) … Snared three passes for 17 yards … Hauled in a 6-yard scoring strike from Kyle Orton with 1:14 left to play that gave Purdue a 23-20 lead, but ASU rallied for a 27-23 victory.

2003 Season

Academic All-Big Ten Conference choice … Played in thirteen games, starting vs. Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State … Even though the team averaged 224.0 yards per game passing, Davis was limited to six catches for 36 yards (6.0 avg) with no touchdowns.

2003 Game Analysis

Wake Forest … Had a 2-yard reception.

Arizona … Followed with a 5-yard grab.

Michigan … Caught a season-high two passes for 10 yards.

Iowa … Added a 9-yard catch.

Ohio State … Gained 10 yards on a reception.

2002 Season

Played in every game, staring eleven contests as a redshirt freshman … Ranked sixth on the squad with twelve receptions for 102 yards (8.5 avg) as the team averaged 255.7 yards per game.

2002 Game Analysis

Notre Dame … In his first extensive action, Davis came up with 29 yards on three grabs.

Western Michigan … Caught two passes for 19 yards.

Wake Forest … Totaled 10 yards on a pair of catches.

Michigan State … Added a 12-yard reception.

Indiana … Followed with three catches for 27 yards.

Washington (Sun Bowl) … Had a 5-yard grab.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2000 -- Limited to four games during his high school senior year due to a ruptured tendon in his right index finger.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.85 in the 40-yard dash … 365-pound bench press … 525-pound squat … 319-pound power clean … 33-inch arm lebgth … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts.

Combine: 4.87-second 40-yard dash. … 31 1/2-inch vertical jump. … 9'00" broad jump. … Bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times.


Joined the Purdue basketball team after the 2004 Sun Bowl … Averaged 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 19 games off the bench.

High School

Attended Saint Mary's (Orchard Lake, Mich.) High School, playing football for head coach George Porritt … Only played in four games during his senior year after rupturing a tendon in his finger, finishing with five catches for 75 yards (15.0 avg) while serving as team captain … Caught 23 passes for 317 yards (13.8 avg) with three touchdowns during his junior year while playing for two state championship teams … Also lettered in basketball … Academic All-State pick and a member of the National Honor Society.


Organizational Communications major … Named the "player you'd least want to meet in a dark alley" in poll of Big Ten Conference players conducted by Champaign News-Gazette … Born Charles Suonne Davis, Jr., on 3/13/83 … Resides in Fraser, Michigan.


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