JOPLIN, Mo. — On Monday, Webb City product and Central Missouri Mule Zach Davidson announced on Twitter he has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
A 2016 Webb City graduate, Davidson was part of two state championship teams. He was also an All-Conference, All-District, and All-State selection for the Cardinals during his high school career.
After graduating from Webb City in 2016, Davidson played tight end and punter at the University of Central Missouri. During the 2019 season, Davidson was named an AFCA All-American, an AP First Team All-American, and to the All-MIAA First Team.
“It’s nice knowing that I’ve been projected to go from the fourth to the sixth, or to the sixth to the seventh, or an undrafted free agent — I’m looking for an opportunity,” Davidson said. “An opportunity to prove my self with an organization whether it’s right away, or it’s to play behind somebody for a couple of years until I earn my spot.”
“It’s a dream — I mean it’s a lot of football players dreams. It was my dream as a kid, and now it’s starting to come into fruition, and it’s getting down to business.”
Davidson hopes to join fellow Webb City Cardinal Trystan Colon-Castillo on an NFL roster. Colon-Castillo currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens, and made his first NFL start earlier this season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“You just remember them back when, you remember how they acted and how they did, and all those kinds of things,” Webb City head football coach John Roderique said. “And to see how much they’ve grown, and developed, and matured — it just makes you extremely proud.”