Chad Davis

Chad Davis is an avid draft fan who has been writing and evaluating for Draft Breakdown since September of 2010. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he is a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, and part-time contributor to the Seahawks blog www.fieldgulls.com. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


Rookie Reviews: Week 15

December 22, 2010

Jimmy Graham—TE—New Orleans Saints Considering he barely saw the field until week 7, Jimmy Graham has really impressed me. He seems to fit in the New Orleans offense perfectly, perhaps even better than Jeremy Shockey. Another solid effort in a loss to Baltimore saw the 3rd round pick from Miami collect 5 passes for 29 yards and 2 touchdowns. In roughly 7 games, Graham has caught 25 passes for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns. Project that over the course of a season and you have yourself a top 10 tight end in the league. In my opinion it will be hard for Shockey to get his job back even when he is 100% healthy, and at the very least Graham has earned split playing time in New Orleans.

 

Jamar Chaney—LB—Philadelphia Eagles Chaney, in his first career start as an injury replacement for Stewart Bradley, nearly (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 14

December 15, 2010

Arrelious Benn—WR—Tampa Bay Buccaneers Benn was probably the best in what proved to be a down week for rookies in the NFL on Sunday. In a win versus Washington, Benn caught 4 passes for 122 yards and also carried the ball 1 time for 17 yards. Included in the yards receiving was a career high 64 yard catch for the 2nd round pick from Illinois. Although Benn has not had a standout rookie season, it has not been a total bust either. He has flashed big play potential with 2 catches over 50 yards this season and his 16.4 yards per catch average would rank 11th in the NFL if he had the amount of receptions to qualify. You can’t ask much more from a rookie receiver than that.

 

Ryan Mathews—RB—San Diego Chargers I think it is safe to say that Mathews has had a disappointing rookie season. From (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 13

December 8, 2010

Chris Ivory—RB—New Orleans Saints There were 255 players selected in the NFL Draft. Chris Ivory was not one of them. So in my opinion there hasn’t been a more surprising rookie performer this year than Ivory. The undrafted free agent from Tiffin University continued his stellar play on Sunday versus Cincinnati compiling 117 yards on 15 carries with 2 touchdowns. That’s 7.8 yards per carry for those asking. Not too shabby. Furthermore, Ivory is 2nd amongst rookies in rushing attempts (123), 1st in rushing yards (636), and tied for 1st in rushing touchdowns (5). All this after not playing the first 2 weeks of the season.

 

LeGarrette Blount—RB—Tampa Bay Buccaneers I don’t know what to make of the fact that the 2 leading rookie rushers in the NFL are undrafted free agents. Perhaps it’s a case against drafting running backs early. Perhaps it’s just dumb luck. Whatever it (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 12

December 1, 2010

Sam Bradford—QB—St. Louis Rams What else can be said about Sam Bradford? He’s good. Like really, really good. It’s hard to remember a rookie quarterback being this impressive in quite some time. Again this past weekend versus Denver, Bradford was in top form. He completed 22 of 37 passes for 308 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. That’s good for a quarterback rating of 113.3, or in other words: awesome. His 2,466 yards on the season place the 1st round pick from Oklahoma 6th in the NFC in that category, and his 17 touchdown passes place him 5th. Can you say franchise QB?

 

Gerald McCoy—DT—Tampa Bay Buccaneers There was a lot of publicity about Gerald McCoy before the NFL Draft, specifically surrounding those who thought he could be taken ahead of Ndamukong Suh. While it is clear that the Lions made the correct choice in drafting Suh, who (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 11

November 24, 2010

Chris Ivory—RB—New Orleans Saints I have to admit that I have been truly impressed with Ivory. The statistics are not overwhelming all the time, but then again New Orleans isn’t really a running team. But his physical style more than sets the tone against anyone who thinks the Saints are soft. On Sunday versus Seattle, the undrafted free agent from Tiffin University could not be tackled with one man. He carried the ball 23 times for 99 yards including a touchdown. On the year Ivory has compiled 481 yards rushing and an extremely acceptable 4.8 yards per carry average. If Pierre Thomas doesn’t get back on the field soon, he could see his starting job pass before his very eyes.

 

Lamarr Houston—DE—Oakland Raiders Houston has been a bright spot on what has proven to be a very up-and-down season for Oakland. In a brutal loss this past weekend (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 10

November 17, 2010

Keiland Williams—RB—Washington Redskins It’s hard to imagine a bright spot in a game in which the Redskins lost 59-28 to the Eagles, but Williams proved to be just that. With Clinton Portis already out, Williams was forced into starting duty when starter Ryan Torain couldn’t get loose in warm-ups. And the undrafted free agent from LSU responded extremely well. He carried the ball 16 times for 89 yards (a solid 5.6 per carry average) with 2 rushing touchdowns. And on top of that, he caught 4 passes for 50 yards and another touchdown. Williams has truly proven to be a nice surprise for the Redskins this year as a dual threat out of the backfield, scoring 3 rushing touchdowns so far and adding 2 receiving touchdowns.

 

Joe Haden—CB—Cleveland Browns It has been impressive to me how competitive the Cleveland Browns have been this year. And I don’t think (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 9

November 10, 2010

Maurkice Pouncey—C—Pittsburgh Steelers I’ve probably been remiss in not mentioning Pouncey before Week 9, but it’s often hard to quantify how good an offensive lineman if performing without being able to watch him every single game. And this is more about the body of work than how Pouncey performed this past week versus Cincinnati, although Pittsburgh had over 100 yards rushing and allowed only 1 sack. One of the storylines that came out of this past week’s game was the fact that the offensive players on the Steelers claim that if they had a re-vote for team captains, Pouncey would for sure get the nod. That’s an incredible compliment for the rookie 1st round pick from Florida. Add that to the fact that Rashard Mendenhall is having his breakout year with over 700 yards rushing already and Pittsburgh has had to deal with 3 different starting quarterbacks, yet they still (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 8

November 3, 2010

Ndamukong Suh—DT—Detroit Lions Suh was once again flat out dominant this past week versus the Washington Redskins. With 5 tackles, 2 sacks (giving him 6.5 on the year) and a 17 yard fumble return for touchdown, Suh has easily placed himself amongst the leaders for rookie of the year. Not only that, but don’t be surprised if Suh, a first round pick from Nebraska, makes the Pro Bowl as well. Any pre-draft talk of Gerald McCoy being the better player has blown away, as Suh looks every bit of future All-Pro.

 

LeGarrette Blount—RB—Tampa Bay Buccaneers It’s not my favorite thing to have to write about a player in back-to-back weeks, but Blount’s performance on Sunday versus Arizona can’t be ignored. He carried the ball 22 times for 120 yards (a 5.5 yards per carry average) and 2 touchdowns. The undrafted free agent from Oregon showed a combination of (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 7

October 27, 2010

Daryl Washington—ILB—Arizona Cardinals At least the Cardinals hit on one of their 7 draft picks. With 1st round pick Dan Williams having an especially disappointing season, 2nd round pick Daryl Washington from TCU has stepped up and is quietly putting together a solid rookie campaign with 42 total tackles thus far. This past weekend against Seattle, Washington tallied 11 tackles and his first career sack. He was all over the field, especially against the run, and looked like he will be around for a very long time.

 

LeGarrette Blount—RB—Tampa Bay Buccaneers It’s pretty easy to dislike LeGarrette Blount, but it’s not easy to deny that he looks like he might stick around in the NFL for a long time. With a pretty unique frame for a running back at 6’0” and 247 lbs. Blount’s bruising style and hard running are making a name for himself in Tampa Bay. (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 6

October 19, 2010

Danario Alexander—WR—St. Louis Rams One of the stories coming out of the draft for me was the fact that Alexander did not get drafted. Then I was even more surprised when none of his off-season workouts resulted in a contract offer. Of course the knee injury suffered at the Senior Bowl played a huge part, but Alexander’s production at Missouri was off the charts. So when St. Louis finally signed him on 8/23 and placed him on the practice squad, I was intrigued as to what would happen. Well what happened was Mark Clayton went down with a season ending knee-injury, Alexander got promoted from the practice squad, and in his first game as a pro versus the San Diego Chargers he caught 4 passes for 72 yards including a 38 yard touchdown catch. Impressive stuff considering what Alexander has gone through. It’s safe to say keep an eye on (read more…)

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