It’s hard to tag Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis as a “risk” pick in this draft class. But when they chose the rookie with the fifth pick on Friday night, a few jaws dropped and more than a few media types questioned what the Tennessee Titans were doing. Drafting Davis so high might seem like a gamble. Nevertheless, the pass catcher was a need pick and the Titans are starting to show they know what they are doing with their draft process.
Thank general manager Jon Robinson for helping to re-establish the Titans as a team on the rise. Adding Davis to the offense gives quarterback Marcus Mariota a weapon on the outside to compliment to the running game. After just missing out on the playoffs last season, Tennessee should be part of the party in 2017.
The Titans didn’t just add Davis in the first round. They also brought in Adoree Jackson, a cornerback with speed to burn to help the secondary.
Robinson’s time with the New England Patriots as head of college scouting is starting to pay off in Nashville.
Based on his pre-draft meeting with the organization, Davis said he knew Tennessee was the place he would wind up.
“As soon as I got there, I could tell that they are all about culture,” said Davis, the first receiver off the board when the Titans drafted him fifth overall. “And I’m a culture guy. I know it’s going to be a great fit. I’m a culture guy.”
Davis said the culture at Western Michigan was “blue collar, doing everything the right way and that’s definitely how the Titans Up Nation does everything.”
At 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds, he is a big target in the red zone this team needs and might just become Mariota’s favorite player.
Here is a look at the Tennessee Titans Draft Class
Draft picks: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis, USC CB Adoree’ Jackson, Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor, FIU TE Jonnu Smith, UCLA LB Jayon Brown, Tennessee-Chattanooga G/T Corey Levin, TCU OLB Josh Carraway, Villanova T Brad Seaton, California RB Khalfani Muhammad
Analysis: I love the first four picks. As a matter of fact, the Titans knew they needed help on offense and took wide receivers to help the passing game shows their commitment to winning. In addition, Smith will be a nice compliment at tight end. As well as, Levin (love the name) and Sexton will add depth on the offensive line. Carraway could be a steal and an important player on special teams.
Grade: I’ll give them a “B” with a chance to move into the “A” category. This team is one to watch in 2017. More receivers and a tight end to catch passes. Mariota had to be smiling with all the new toys this organization gave him. It’s early, but could the Tennessee Titans be “Super” this year.