Davis still being available at No. 13 was a surprise to Toronto, which didn't work him out in the weeks leading up to the draft because they didn't think they had a chance to land the Tar Heel power forward.
"Everyone expected him to go a lot higher," said Raptors coach Jay Triano. "We really didn't have him on our radar ... we kept crossing our fingers that he'd slide one more and one more."
Before making the pick, Toronto called UNC head coach Roy Williams.
"He just raved about Ed,'' Triano said. "He's a perfect fit for us."
Davis becomes the seventh lottery pick for North Carolina in the past five seasons, increasing the Tar Heels' ACC lead in first round (40) and overall selections (97).
"I'm going to come in and run the floor, block shots and rebound," Davis said. "I think my game is going to translate well in the NBA."
He was leading the ACC in field goal percentage (.578) and blocked shots and held down second place in rebounding when he broke his left wrist on Feb. 10 in a home loss to Duke. The Richmond, Va. product missed the final 13 games of season due to that injury, leading some to wonder if he would be fully healed in time to make an impression on NBA teams before the draft.
Roy Williams alleviated those concerns on Thursday morning, telling reporters that Davis's wrist "is 100 percent to the extent that he has done some workouts and has not had any problems with it… In his workouts, all he did was individual workouts for the NBA teams."
Davis finished the 2009-10 season playing in 23 games while averaging 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
"There's a chance he comes in and plays right away," Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo said. "What he achieves will be dependent on what our team needs after any free agent signings or trades. We get a very good basketball player who gives us what we need, a shot blocker, a player who can protect the rim, a rebounder. Ed Davis gets all those things done."
The 6-10, 225-pound forward reached the century mark in blocks in just 51 games, becoming the third-fastest Tar Heel to reach that mark behind Rasheed Wallace (47) and Sam Perkins (50). Davis's father Terry averaged 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds for four different NBA teams in his 10-year professional career.
"I have no clue," Davis responded about why he fell further on the draft board than expected. "But it doesn't really matter right now, I'm in a great situation."