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Marcus Mariota grew into one of the top young anticipatory passers in the NFL last season but never had the weapons to truly make good on that trait. Most of the Titans receiving corps struggles to separate with timing. While Rishard Matthews was a fantasy darling late last season, he profiles in Reception Perception as a pure possession receiver—solid contested catch conversion rate, above average against zones but poor success rates vs. man and press coverage.
Corey Davis runs timing and precision routes such as the out, dig and slant that will mesh well with Mariota’s accuracy and anticipatory passing. Best of all, Davis adds extra juice to the equation when a passer helps throw him into open space by being one of the top prospects this year after the catch. Davis was tremendous at creating with the ball in his hands, and his blend of physicality and athleticism will strike fear into the heart of even the most experienced NFL defenders. Davis broke a single tackle on 51.6 percent of his “in space” attempts and multiple tackles on 22.6 percent. His multiple broken tackle rate was bested only by Louisiana Tech’s Carlos Henderson among prospects charted over the last two years.
Not only did the Titans fill a glaring need for a No. 1 wide receiver by blocking out the noise and picking Corey Davis, they also identified a perfect fit for the style of play their quarterback embodies. Expect Davis to assert himself as one the league’s most productive wideouts before too long.
From the first time I watched him in 2015, I said he was the perfect fit for Mariota. Their strengths blends perfectly together.
I still can't believe we drafted him. My favorite "draft crush" on my favorite team. Rarely happens for me. _________________
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