After months and months of speculation of who and what the Tennessee Titans would do with their draft picks, Thursday night rolled around and did not disappoint.
General Manager Jon Robinson knew that he could change the draft with the No. 5 overall pick and that’s exactly what he did. Whether that was trading back to gain a second round pick and more or staying put and taking the best player on their board. The price wasn’t right and the Titans took their guy in Western Michigan’s Corey Davis.
The Titans were desperate for help in the secondary. The Titans had their sights on another player after Passing on Jamal Adams and Marshon Lattimore. With the 18th overall selection, the Titans took USC’s Adoree’ Jackson.
Probably one of the biggest surprises of the night was the Titans staying at five and taking Corey Davis. The Titans really needed defensive help along with another tight end, but their biggest need was wide receiver. A year after signing Rishard Matthews and drafting Tajae Sharpe in the fifth round, the Titans were still desperate for a playmaker on the outside.
Arguably the most prolific wide receiver in FBS history, Corey Davis heard his name called early in the 2017 NFL Draft. Lucky for Titans fans, Jon Robinson made that call. This pick makes total sense as Davis fills a hole that the Titans desperately needed: A true No. 1 receiver, making Marcus Mariota a very happy man.
In four years at Western Michigan, Davis racked up 5,278 yards, 331 catches and 52 touchdowns. Davis is the FBS All-Time leader in receiving yards, second all-time in touchdowns and fourth all-time in receptions. You see why Jon Robinson was so high on him.
Davis is dangerous in the open field with the ball in his hands. He can line up all over the field and excels at making adjustments when the ball is in the air. He can finish receptions when taking a hit at the catch point and he secures the football. He’s only fumbled once in four years.
Titans fans should be thrilled about this guy. Don’t believe me? Just watch:
There was no debate when the Titans would draft a defensive back. The question was who? Ranking 30th in the league last season in pass defense, Dick LeBeau was desperate for a cornerback. Releasing Jason McCourty earlier this month and signing Logan Ryan in free agency, the Titans still had a need for corner. With the 18th pick in the draft, they took speed man Adoree’ Jackson.
In 37 careers games at USC, Jackson has tallied 139 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, 28 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
The Titans play a lot of man coverage and that’s what he does best. He’s a gifted athlete with the ability to mirror receivers down the field. Jackson can take away the middle due to his ability to transition and recover. He tackles exceptionally well, aiming low and wrapping up consistently. At 5’10 – 186 there is obviously some physical limitations, but he’s aggressive enough to make plays.
Why Adoree’ went so high in regards to other analysts having him go in the latter parts of Rounds 1 and 2 is his freakish athletic ability. Jackson can do it all. Cover, return and even play offense which makes him a dynamic player with the ball in his hands.
Most importantly, Jackson fills a need at returner. The last time the Titans scored a kick or punt return was in 2012 from a man by the name of Darius Reynaud. He is an explosive return man who can miss tackles and find the open hole.
- Kick return: 79 returns, 2,141 yards, 27.1-yard average, four touchdowns.
- Punt return: 46 returns, 578 yards, 12.6-yard average, four touchdowns.
- Receiving: 39 receptions, 628 yards, 16.1-yard average, six touchdowns.
- Rushing: 15 attempts, 92 yards, 6.1-yard average.
If Jon Robinson was a Designated Hitter, he’d be 2-2 with two home runs and batting 1.000. The Titans filled two needs with two phenomenal playmakers.