Titus Davis Player Evaluation

NFL scout Dave-Te’ Thomas breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of WR Titus Davis with his in-depth scouting report that goes well beyond the stats.

Titus Davis missed three full games and most of the 2014 season opener vs. Chattanooga after suffering a knee sprain vs. the Mocs, but he still managed to collect 60 passes for 980 yards (15.6 ypc) and a school season-record 13 scores, reaching the 100-yard receiving level in six of his 10 games.

His career average of 18.14 yards rank fifth and his 3,700 yards receiving rank fourth on the Mid-American Conference all-time lists. Davis also holds a prominent place in the Central Michigan record book, appearing in several statistical categories. His 2013 receiving total (61 catches) ranks fifth while he also holds the school record for receiving touchdowns (37) and receiving yards (3,700), ranking fourth in receptions (204).

He has a compact body, with solid upper-frame muscle definition, along with exceptional change-of-direction agility, above-average body control and acceleration. He is a valid deep threat, thanks to his excellent quickness and change-up speed. He is his best element when asked to move and uncover on short routes, as he has enough blazing speed to get open going deep.

He can make proper body adjustments and displays a very good functional second gear to elude after the catch (663 of 1,109 yards run-after-catch yards in 2013; 469 of 843 during the 2014 regular season). Davis has good quickness releasing off the ball with above-average hand usage to separate from the press. He runs a little upright with more of a choppy gait than smooth stride, but he accelerates very quickly, can close the cushion and run by defensive backs in a hurry.

The Chippewa has very good reach-and-snatch hands but will drop some passes when adjusting or on contact. He runs crisp patterns but could snap off his breaks a little better at times. He’s not quite as polished as you’d like and doesn’t sell his routes consistently with fakes or moves, but does have good hip swerve. However, he accelerates well off his cuts and uses his speed to gain separation.

He’s flexible making adjustments, but looks a little tight in his change of direction, at times. He’s a very good leaper, but you would like to see him win more jump balls. He covers ground quickly running deep and is a vertical threat. He waits on some under-throws rather than going up to get it and allows the cornerback some room to make a play.

Davis has very good concentration and is capable of making the tough catch. He also has good footwork and awareness at the sidelines. His blocking effort is one of his better assets, whether as a crack blocker, stalking, picking up the blitz or on special teams. He’s not super elusive, but is more dangerous after the catch, as he’s savvy to get open. He can elude with his quickness and strength and knows how to find the window when working in the zone.

During the 2014 spring, he was slowed by shoulder issues and they seem to still be current. Despite 2014 spring surgery, he was unable to lift at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. As a senior, he showed much better ability to make adjustments to the ball in flight, improving much on one of his weaker areas. He knows proper ball security, doing a very nice job of holding on after the collision.

His second-gear speed is evident, as most defenders will miss after he catches the ball. He still has a few areas to refine in his game, but if 2014 is any indication he is on track for a productive pro career, barring injuries, as they seem to be his “albatross” that could hurt his draft stock.

His body mechanics are very fluid and flexible. He can torque his body in any direction to make adjustments, especially when going for off-target throws. He shows no hesitation extending and plucking for the ball away from the body’s frame. He waits on some under-throws rather than going up to get it and allows the cornerback some room to make a play, though.

Davis is a good leaper, but you would like to see him out-jump and out-muscle defensive backs more consistently on jump balls (better working in isolated coverage). He plucks the ball cleanly with his hands properly extended, rarely using his body to absorb the ball. He is a fluid, natural catcher whose hands are one of his best assets. He has very good acceleration, but is not as quick to stop and start again.

Davis is better when eluding defenders on the move. He shows aggressiveness going for the ball but does not always time his leaps to get to it at the high point. He does maintain good ball concentration and his strength allows him to break arm tackles regularly. The Packers and Cowboys could look at this split end as a possible slot receiver candidate.

Titus Davis Scouting Combine measurables

6-1/196 (4.51 forty)
29 5/8-inch arm length
8 1/4-inch hands
No bench
32 1/2-inch vertical jump
9-foot-11 broad jump
7.14 3-cone drill
4.28 20-yard shuttle<
No 60-yard shuttle

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.


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