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Corey Davis Selected Fifth Overall In The 2017 NFL Draft

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Corey Davis chosen fifth overall by the Titans

Corey Davis has not had an easy road to get where he is today. The second-youngest of seven children, he attended Wheaton Warrenville South High School and struggled with academics. While he did play football for the Tigers, with few grades above a C, college prospects were bleak.

When things at home seemed to hit rock bottom his junior year, Dan Graham, Corey’s  former Pee Wee coach, took him in. The Grahams became Davis’ legal guardians, though he maintained a relationship with his biological parents, and began to arrange tutoring and guidelines for him to graduate.

Meanwhile, P.J. Fleck was hired as the head coach of Western Michigan University football in December of 2013. He was enamored with Davis’ story. He offered Corey a scholarship and what has happened since then is history.

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With 67 receptions for 941 yards as a true freshman, Davis set WMU freshman records. As a result, he was named Mid-America Conference Freshman of the Year.

The following season, he recorded 78 receptions for 1,408 yards and fifteen touchdowns. He showed no signs of slowing down as a junior. In 2015, he had 90 receptions 1,436 yards and twelve touchdowns. Davis had a spectacular senior year racking up 97 receptions for 1,500 yards and nineteen touchdowns.

On November 25, 2016, Davis became the NCAA’s all-time leader in receiving yards with 5,278, passing Nevada’s Trevor Insley. Over the course of his college career, Davis has earned several honors including 2016 First-Team All-American, three-time First-Team All-MAC, and 2014 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl MVP.

Analysis & Final Thoughts

An excellent route-runner, his sharp route-running enables him to separate well. Because he is unlikely to outmuscle or outrun defensive backs early in his career, he will need to rely heavily on that sharp route-running. Although he is not elusive enough to create big plays from underneath passes, he is capable of making them using double moves, which he sells exceptionally well, and exploiting open holes in zone coverage.

While Davis may not come into his professional career as a number one receiver from the start, he is could be a Day 1 starter if he’s paired up opposite a true primary receiver that he is able to compliment and learn from. Davis is a touchdown juggernaut that showed great production and consistency over his four-year college career. His ball skills and route-running could make him a starting wide receiver. His competitiveness and production in the red-zone will be what makes him a good one.