There are thousands of prospects each year that dream about playing in the NFL. Each one of these players has something unique about them that teams love. Whether they can run fast, jump high, stand out on tape, or even play multiple positions. Playing more than one position is not uncommon in the NFL, but playing a position with a widely different skill set is. We have seen this before in Patrick Ricard, who plays Defensive Tackle and Fullback, and Jamal Agnew, who plays Cornerback and Wide Receiver. This year we will add a new name to this list and that name is Zach Davidson.
Davidson is from Division-2 school Central Missouri. The thing that makes Davidson unique is that he plays both Tight End and Punter. He is listed at 6’7, 245 pounds which would make him the tallest Punter in NFL history. At his pro day he recorded a 37.5 inch vertical leap, which would have been the highest of any Tight End in last year’s class. He also ran a 4.62 40 yard dash, putting him second in last year’s class.
The numbers and production at both positions also speak for themselves. Davidson was a Division 2 first team All-American at Tight End in 2019 and was second team Punter in 2018. Without a season to show his skills in 2020, teams must look at his 2019 stats, and they are impressive. He caught 40 passes for 894 yards which is a ridiculous 22.4 yards per catch, and he also had 15 touchdowns on the year. As a Punter he has a career average of 42.4 yards per punt, and averages 10 punts a year that go over 50 yards.
This skillset is unlike anything we have seen in the NFL before. Davidson has the ability to become a very good NFL Tight End and Punter. The question is, will he ever get the chance to play both in a NFL game. He can become one of the first players in NFL history to catch multiple passes and to punt multiple times in the same game. This is what makes Zach Davidson the most interesting prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.