Here me out before judging please.
When we drafted USC's Fred Davis with our 2nd round pick it seemed very odd to the football world and to most of the faithful here. Why would the Skins draft a TE when we have Cooley and have so many other needs to address?
The excuses given to us was that he was the highest rated player availible when we were picking so the powers that be went with the board. History tells us this was a huge risk however.
A look at the current USC players in the NFL today that play the offensive skill positions:
William Buchanon, WR - Oakland Raiders
Reggie Bush, RB - New Orleans Saints
Dominique Byrd, TE - St. Louis Rams
Matt Cassel, QB - New England Patriots
Keary Colbert, WR - Denver Broncos
Kori Dickerson, TE - Detroit Lions
Justin Fargas, RB - Oakland Raiders
Gregg Guenther, TE - Tennessee Titans
Alex Holmes, TE - St. Louis Rams
Dwayne Jarrett, WR - Carolina Panthers
David Kirtman, RB - Seattle Seahawks
Matt Leinart, QB - Arizona Cardinals
Chris McFoy, WR - Oakland Raiders
Billy Miller, TE - New Orleans Saints
Chad Morton, RB - New York Giants
Carson Palmer, QB - Cincinnati Bengals
Steve Smith, WR - New York Giants
LenDale White, RB - Tennessee Titans
Mike Williams, WR - Tennessee Titans
Many of these players came into the league with high expectations but have yet to show why they were drafted where they were (Reggie Bush, Matt Lienart, Mike Williams). The only player on that list that has lived up to expectations in my opinion is Carson Palmer. Lots of disappointments there.
Its also important to look how TE's have done in Seattle while coach Zorn was there. Since 2000 there has not been a TE on the Seahawks that has been to the probowl and this year Seattle looking at its needs saw TE as its greatest weakness on either side of the ball traded up into the second round to draft John Carlson (TE), while Fred Davis was still availible.
I want to see how the kid plays before passing my official judgments on this pick but as of right now this looks like an extremely risky pick and if history repeats itself will not pan out for us and likely be seen as a bust. I hope Davis proves the league wrong and uses this as his motivation for playing better then anyone expected of him.