Corey Davis Can Help the Titans' Offense Take the Next Step
Corey Davis was one of the most prolific wide receivers in NCAA history and has the potential to be a superstar.
After a terrific collegiate career, Davis is in sole possession of the NCAA career receiving yards record with 5,278. In addition, he’s second all-time in NCAA receiving touchdowns with 52, and fourth in receptions (331).
Here are Davis' college stats, via Sports-Reference.
The former Western Michigan Broncos star played in an inferior conference relative to most top prospects at the position. However, he did play in nine games versus Big Ten opponents. In those games, he averaged 6.0 receptions, 78 yards, and 0.6 touchdowns per game -- impressive statistics when you factor in the caliber of quarterback he played with.
Unfortunately, the 6'3", 213-pound receiver was rehabbing an ankle injury suffered while training for the combine and did not participate in drills. He appears to have sub-4.5 speed on tape -- but we'll never know for sure. On-field, he's similar to Sammy Watkins in a lot of ways.
Like Watkins, Davis is able to win in both the big and small game and is a gifted possession receiver in the short and intermediate parts of the field. Davis also excels downfield, can play “above the rim” and win jump balls in tight quarters, and is a red zone weapon.
However, his best trait is his after-catch ability. Many of his detractors point to the inferior competition he faced on a weekly basis as the reason behind his success, but this element of his game translates to the next level. Davis is adept at evading contact with the ball in his hands and can rapidly accelerate to top speed once he turns the corner.
“Davis broke a single tackle on 51.6 percent of his “in space” attempts and multiple tackles on 22.6 percent. Both marks were in the top-three for this year’s receiver group and his bested the two-year prospect average of 40.4 percent and 10.2 percent.”
Davis averaged more than 100 yards and a touchdown per game for his entire collegiate career. Additionally, he commanded a 41 percent market share of receiving yards and 52 percent market share of receiving touchdowns over his four years as a Bronco -- numbers that are unparalleled among his peers.
He broke out at a young age and is primed to succeed at the next level.
Davis in Tennessee
Tennessee’s franchise signal-caller will be back to lead an ascending Titans squad in 2017 but would be greatly aided by a true number-one receiver. Rishard Matthews has been underrated by fantasy owners for a long time, but he's not a player that opposing defenses have to game plan for. Corey Davis is.
Davis is a dynamic, all-purpose weapon who gives the Titans a pass catcher they desperately needed to make their offense, which ranked 13th in efficiency by our metrics last season, even more lethal.