The 2017 NFL Draft is underway, and the Titans have fired off their opening salvo by drafting Corey Davis with the 5th overall pick.
It happened. It really just happened! I, and many, many other Titans fans, have been banging the table for Corey Davis to be a Titan for months. His pre-draft process was quiet, with a prolonged ankle injury sidelining him for the Combine and his Pro Day. The Titans hosted him on a two-day visit just a few weeks before the draft, and that was all they needed.
Knocked for playing in the MAC, Davis eviscerated his competition and was one of the best wide receivers in all of college football over the last three years. Over his four college seasons, he averaged 1,321 yards and 13 touchdowns. A stud in every sense of the word, Davis will be a massive upgrade at wide receiver over the likes of Kendall Wright and Harry Douglas.
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General manager Jon Robinson talked recently about what he looks for in wide receivers. He noted that they need to have the ability to “get open, catch the ball, and block”. Davis does all three at an above average level, something that the other wide receivers in this draft couldn’t say. Robinson couldn’t hope that Davis fell to 18 and let him slip away. Instead, he stuck to his guns and drafted the guy he wanted.
We haven’t been able to say this for a really, really long time, but the Titans have a general manager that is incredibly smart and has a specific type of player that he covets. No longer will we go into a draft with a front office that doesn’t have a clue.
The Titans still have one more pick tonight, the 18th overall selection. I hope you’re all ready for another impact player on the team.