Titans picks Western Michigan WR Davis at No. 5

Associated Press • Apr 28, 2017 at 12:51 AM

Corey Davis was rewarded for staying at Western Michigan for his senior season, getting stronger to help him get the majority of the 50-50 balls to get the attention of NFL general managers and head coaches.

Davis used his size at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds and 4.4 speed to help the Broncos win the Mid-American Conference championship and earn a Cotton Bowl appearance while finishing his career as a FBS record holder.

Davis was picked No. 5 overall in the first round of Thursday night's NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

Davis becomes the first receiver from the MAC to be picked in the first round since future Hall of Famer Randy Moss of Marshall was picked No. 21 overall by the Vikings in 1998. He was also the first WMU player to be picked in the first round since defensive end Jason Babin went No. 27 overall by Houston in 2004. He was the highest pick for the Broncos since safety Louis Delmas was grabbed by the Lions in the second round (No. 33 overall) in '99.

Davis finished his senior season with 97 receptions for 1,500 yards and a nation-leading 19 TD catches for the 13-1 Broncos whose lone loss came to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.

Davis had 332 receptions and an FBS record 5,285 receiving yards and 52 TDs for his career. His 51 TD receptions thrown to him by Zach Terrell tied an FBS record for a duo.

No doubt, what attracted Davis to NFL scouts and GMs was his versatility, the ability to play in the slot or from the outside position. And, Davis showed his ability to get the job done from both spots.

Still, there were doubts about Davis' health after he missed the Senior Bowl with a shoulder injury, then tore two ligaments in his ankle which required surgery in late January, forcing him to miss the NFL combine.

Davis had said earlier this week that he was disappointed that he missed the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine because they were "once in a lifetime opportunities" and he wanted to showcase his talent at the events. He said his ankle is now fine and he'll be ready to go when mini-camp gets underway in early May.

The Broncos are expected to have another player picked during the second day of the NFL Draft Friday with 6-5, 320-pound offensive lineman Taylor Moton of Okemos on the second-round radar.

And, Moton is also known for his versatility, starting his first two years at tackle before moving to guard his junior year and back to tackle for his senior season, earning first-team All-MAC honors.

MAC first-round draft picks: (since 1998):

2017 – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan – Tennessee (No. 5)

2014 – Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo – Oakland (No. 5)

2014 – Jimmie Ward, DB, Northern Illinois – San Francisco (No. 30)

2013 – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan – Kansas City (No. 1)

2011 – Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple – New York Jets (No. 30)

2009 – Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois – San Diego (No. 16)

2007 – Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan – San Francisco (No. 28)

2004 – Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Miami – Pittsburgh (No. 11)

2004 – Jason Babin, DE, Western Michigan – Houston (No. 27)

2003 – Byron Leftwich, QB, Marshall – Jacksonville (No. 7)

2000 – Chad Pennington, QB, Marshall – New York Jets (No. 18)

1999 – L.J. Shelton, OT, Eastern Michigan – Arizona (No. 21)

1998 – Randy Moss, WR, Marshall – Minnesota (No. 21)

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