State of the position: The Bulldogs will return the same three tight ends they had last year. Arthur Lynch really came on towards the end of the year as one of Aaron Murray’s favorite targets and he finished the season fourth on the reception list. Redshirt freshman Jay Rome and true freshman Ty Flournoy-Smith will look for expanded roles in their sophomore seasons. Rome had 11 catches and two touchdowns last season and Flournoy-Smith played in eight games.
Pros: “Demonstrates good initial quickness whether as a blocker or getting into his routes. He will likely contribute best as a blocker as he can quickly come off the ball and deliver a nice initial pop on contact. After the catch will fight for yards, but displays adequate ability to elude defenders and turn short passes into big gains. He does maintain a good blocking base and can generate leg drive and with some tenacity can create push off the ball in the run game. Utilizes good angles and can quickly get to second level.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He gets hands on, but does need to continue to work on placement. He is able to bend to play with good pad level, but you don’t see consistent hip roll on contact. As a receiver flashes the ability to extend for the ball, but can come across as a bit of a body catcher. Looks to be asked to run a few basic routes and will need to continue to develop as a route runner.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Arthur Lynch. Davis is a very physical blocker with surprisingly good hands. He comes from a run-first offense and knows how to get to the second level and block in space. He can also create a mismatch with his height and leaping ability. When he peels off a block and gets into the seams or flats, he can be just as wide open as Lynch was last year.
Expected impact: 2014. With three returning tight ends the Bulldogs don’t have a ton of depth but I doubt we see a lot of two tight end sets. So barring injury, 2013 would be a good year for Davis to fill out his frame like Lynch did when he arrived.