PHILADELPHIA –* *Corey Davis hoped the Titans would pick him in the NFL Draft.
Even before Thursday, the Western Michigan receiver declared Marcus Mariota his favorite quarterback in the league. He said his pre-draft visit to the Titans earlier this month felt like home.
Davis got his wish. The Titans used the fifth overall pick of the draft to select him.
“It just feels right, and it is such a blessing,’’ Davis said just moments after walking across the stage, and shaking hands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “I didn’t really expect to be picked at 5, and for it to be the Titans, I am just so happy. It all feels so surreal.
“Now, I am ready to go. I am ready to help the team out. I am going to do everything in my power to help this team. I am hoping to make a big impact, but I know I have to take it one day at a time.”
Davis is an imposing figure, standing nearly 6-3, at 209 pounds, with good speed. Davis caught 97 balls for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, and his 5,278 career receiving yards is an FBS record. Davis caught 331 footballs and scored 52 touchdowns in his collegiate career.
Davis said he’s thrilled to join the Titans, and play with Mariota.
“That is my favorite quarterback,’’ Davis said of Mariota. “He is smart, he is very accurate and I told you before I like the swagger he has going on. He is very poised, and he is a great leader. Catching passes from him, it is going to be right. He is on his way to being one of the greatest, that’s for sure. Anything I can do to help the team out, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Davis, who also visited the Ravens, Eagles, Browns and Cardinals, was the first receiver taken in the NFL Draft, ahead of Clemson’s Mike Williams (7th to Chargers) and Washington’s John Ross (9th to Bengals).
“Me and the GM, we hit it off,” Davis said of Jon Robinson. “His faith is really strong, my faith is really strong and we were talking about a lot of things, talking about life. When I was there I met with the OC (Terry Robiskie), and he is real cool, real laid-back. The head coach (Mike Mularkey), the GM, they seemed to like me. We kind of hit it off. Overall, it went really well, really smooth.
I am looking forward to going to Tennessee and working.”
Davis said he broke down after hearing his name called. It was the end of a long journey, and also the beginning of a new one.
“I am trying to hold it back right now,” Davis said. “I keep saying it, but it really is a blessing to be here, a blessing from God. I was nervous, anxious, didn’t know what was going to happen coming into the day.
“I am just so happy they called my name. They saw something in me, and they believed in me, and I am thankful for that. I love it, man. I love everything about it.”
The Titans select Western Michigan WR Corey Davis in the first round (5th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. (Photos: AP, Andrew Hancock)