clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2015 NFL Draft Player Bio: Titus Davis, WR- Central Michigan Chippewas

After four years of living in the shadow of former CMU standout WR Antonio Brown, Titus Davis looks to pave his own way into the NFL.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft will be held in February this year in Chicago, moving from the usual spot of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Titus Davis' football career started in nearby Wheaton, Ill, as he led the Wheaton-Warrenville South football squad to an undefeated 14-0 season, securing an Illinois 7A Division State Championshp along the way. Since then, his football career has been well documented. Named to Phil Steele's First-Team Freshman All-American squad in 2011, Davis would go on to make the all-MAC team in the next three years, reaching first-team status in 2014. Davis was the primary target in the Dan Enos era, and his effort was well rewarded; Davis set an NCAA-record as the only player to ever catch 8+ touchdown passes in four years.

Davis has always been compared to fellow Central Michigan standout receiver Antonio Brown, who electrified Mt. Pleasant with acrobatic catches and blazing speed, both as a primary receiver and a kick return specialist. Davis' game is a little different, concentrating more on route running and possession, especially since he was counted upon to be a sort of security blanket for Cooper Rush over the last two seasons.

Davis was our number three player in the MAC coming into the season and has certainly lived up to his reputation this season, with 60 receptions, 985 yards, and 13 touchdowns despite missing three games due to an ankle injury. Davis showed an extreme awareness of the field, often being able to improvise on a route to get to the ball. Davis is reminiscent of Chad Johnson with his first step movements, and Davis uses this acceleration to his advantages as the ball in his hand, he seems to be almost unstoppable, as his acceleration gets him into the secondary with relative ease. Davis can be depended on to run routes with impeccable ability, and his catching skills are well-known throughout the MAC, and even the non-con opponents that CMU faced in his four years; teams often doubled Davis and still had a hard time containing him, as he averaged somewhere around 83 yards per game.

Certainly the most memorable game of Davis' career might have been his last; at the Popeye's Bahamas Bowl, Davis caught four touchdowns on six receptions for 142 yards, the last touchdown being that wild and wacky "Hurricane" play that I'm sure you've seen, but here is a link just in case. But that performance even paled in comparison to his game vs. Ohio on Central's homecoming week; Davis tore apart the Bobcats for 181 yards and 2 TD's on 10 receptions, with a long of 53 yards.

Davis is ranked as the #23 wide receiver and is projected to be drafted in the 5th round by CBS Sports Network's draft projections, while Mocking the Draft has him as the 26th best receiver in the class. Davis has received attention from plenty of NFL scouts over the last year or so, and has begun training in Boca Raton, FL in order to prepare for the upcoming NFL Combine in Indianapolis, which he has been invited to. Davis has a lot of work to do to raise his draft stock, as the receiver class runs deep this year. His eye for possessing the football and intelligence on the field will certainly gain teams' attention.

If Davis is drafted in the 5th round, it is more than likely that he will be playing on special teams upon making an active roster, so his experience as a kick returner will become key. Davis ran a career long of 66 yards this season on a return vs. Tennesee-Chattanooga, but hasn't been a consistent kick returner since his freshman year, when he fielded 18 kickoffs for 387 yards. Over his career, he has fielded 21 punts for 185 yards. If he does find his way into the fold, he will be a valuable asset as a slot receiver, where his hands and feet will be put to their best use. His 40 yard dash will determine whether or not he could fit into an offense that is faster-paced, but Davis certainly has a place in an offense if afforded an opportunity.

For a look at some of Titus' best highlight plays, here is ESPN's entire video playlist of his best plays.