Coming out of college, Vernon Davis had shown enough to warrant a ton of hype about his future as an NFL tight end. His performance at the combine was regarded as one of the best ever when at 6’3” and 250 pounds he ran one of the fastest 40 times amongst all prospects. No one else in that draft class was able to garner the amount of attention that Vernon did. And so, the San Francisco 49ers took him with the 6th overall pick in the 2006 draft. But in his first 3 seasons, Davis tallied only 1,100 receiving yards and a total of nine touchdowns. You can’t call those numbers ‘pathetic’, but the disappoint was justifiable considering what the guy was capable of doing on the field.
It was in 2009, his 4th year in the league, when Vernon Davis became the player everyone was waiting for. He tied the all-time record for most touchdowns by a tight end and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. His total yards receiving that season were almost as much as he had his first three seasons combined. He spent the next half-decade being one of the most elite tight ends in the game as a member of the Niners.