Titans pick Davis as Mariota's new target

Lauren Perry
April 29, 2017

The Titans are giving Marcus Mariota the best receiving prospect in the draft, making the Hawaiian very happy.

After a decorated career at Western Michigan, wide receiver Corey Davis has a real chance to be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Davis is the only FBS player ever to have at least 300 catches, 5,000 yards and 50 touchdown receptions.

The Titans haven't used a first-round pick on a defensive player since 2010, when they took Georgia Tech defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Morgan with the 16th overall pick.

Jackson won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back while also playing receiver.

With the No. 18 pick, the Titans addressed the other major need by taking USC cornerback/returner Adoree' Jackson. By nearly all metrics leading to the draft, he is worthy of selection with scouts and talent evaluators alike pointing to his size, strength, and nose for the end zone as defining characteristics that will play will on Sundays. In hindsight, if the Titans did trade out with let's say the Browns; I don't think that Davis would have been sitting there.

"Im a guy that can play inside or outside and do returns", Jackson said. He returned four kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns during his college career. "We can obviously work with a kid with that kind of upside, '" ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said on a teleconference with reporters late past year.

Wide receiver has always been an Achilles' heel for the Titans, who went through numerous players from the first three rounds trying to find a true No. 1 receiver.

"That chip on my shoulder is not going to go anywhere", Davis said. Rishard Matthews is a much better No. 2 wideout than he is in a primary receiver role, and there's no telling how much better Tajae Sharpe will get in his second year and beyond. You went to a small school.

The Titans ranked 30th in the National Football League in pass defense a year ago and Jackson gives them a top end corner to pair opposite free agent signee Logan Ryan.

"Certainly we'll factor in when we're putting a game plan together his ability to do special things with the ball", Mularkey said.

The Titans need a wide receiver. Keenan Allen is expected to return for the start of the season from last year's torn ACL, Tyrell Williams had a big year in 2016 and the tight ends are great with Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. The Titans do have two third-round selections.

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