- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008

In three separate press conferences today at Redskin Park, Nos. 84, 85 and 86 — Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas and Fred Davis — were introduced by Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn.

All three players were selected in the second round of Saturdays NFL Draft as the Redskins twice addressed the lack of size in their receiving corps and added another pass-catching tight end.

Thomas, from Michigan State, was the Redskins first pick (34th overall). At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Thomas adds speed to the offense.

I feel like with my size, I can fight for the ball using my body at the highest point and box out linebackers and defensive backs, he said. And I can take some shots and keep on ticking.

Thomas rose from a six-catch player at Michigan State in 2006 to a 79-reception performer for the Spartans last fall.

He will be wearing Brandon Lloyds old number.

“I’m on cloud nine,” Thomas said. “This is something you dream about. Now it’s a job and Im ready to work.”

Davis was a surprise selection considering the Redskins didn’t list tight end as a draft need and Chris Cooley is a Pro Bowl player. But Davis was chosen 48th overall.

Davis, the John Mackey Award winner awarded to the nations top tight end, caught 62 passes last season for the Trojans.

I talked to the Redskins at the Combine really quick so I didnt expect this to happen, Davis said.

Kelly rounded out the Redskins’ Saturday draft picks. He worked out for several Redskins coaches (and quarterback Jason Campbell) last Thursday in Norman, Okla.

Kelly, 6-4 and 219 pounds, made 144 catches in three seasons with Oklahoma.

Kelly expected to be picked by the Redskins after they flew down for the workout. But after Thomas was chosen, he said, At first I did [doubt the Redskins would pick him], but I didnt count it out. I knew it was a new offense being brought in and they would need playmakers.

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