Finding sleepers in the NFL Draft is something we pride ourselves on at NFL Draft Diamonds. It is hard to find film on some schools because many schools do not have HUDL or allow their players to make YouTube highlights. There is one player who does not really need an introduction. There is a kid from Central Missouri who is SPECIAL, and I wanted to take a minute to showcase this young man before everyone else does this year.
Who is Zach Davidson?
That is the biggest question for Draftniks that are in love with D1 and Power Five conferences. Many will not know about the 6070 tight end from UCM. The reason we call Davidson SPECIAL is simple, he is not just a huge target at tight end, he is a very good punter. Yes, do you remember Tanner Hudson from Southern Arkansas a few years back? He was a tight end and punter that is still on a roster with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Well, Zach Davidson is likely going to be the next phenomenal athlete to transition from a small school to the NFL as a Tight End/Punter.
It all started in high school at Webb City High School when Zach helped lead his team to a 3, YES, THREE, Conference Championships, Three District Titles and Two State Championships. That is when Zach left getting his shot at Central Missouri.
In 2016, Davidson was a redshirt that did not appear in any games. In 2017, things started changing, because Davidson began punting for the Mules. In his first season with the Mules, set a new team record averaging 44.3 yards per punt which was second in the country. Davidson kicked 47 times and totaled 2,082 yards. His craziest game though was the season finale where Davidson averaged 55.7 yards per punt nailing a 65 yard bomb.
In 2018, Davidson was a beast again leading the MIAA with a 42.8 yard average. This is the year he started to transition as a tight end too. He became the back-up tight end for UCM and caught a couple passes one which went for a touchdown against Pittsburg State.
Becoming a true tight end happened last year for Davidson. He caught 40 passes for 894 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. Yes, this is the punter. He still punted the ball too hitting 48 punts for 1934 yards averaging 40.3 yards per punt. The game he went off was Missouri Western eating them up for 225 yards receiving and scoring three times. This kid shined last year and caught the attention of our scouts. Check out this highlight we made of Zach.
While the 2020 NFL Draft is still in coming up in April, we wanted to focus on one small schooler a day if possible to talk about them before everyone else jumps on them. Davidson is a special talent and NFL teams are talking about him. His athleticism sticks out and playing two positions at a high level makes him valuable. NFL teams will love this kid, because he truly is SPECIAL!
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