MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — Titus Davis has heard the talk, but he’s having none of it.
The former Central Michigan star wide receiver joined hundreds of other prospects at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, but doubters have wondered if his success against the Mid-American Conference can translate to the NFL. “Coming in here, I knew I had a lot to prove,” Davis said. “I look at myself as a sleeper in this draft and in this group of wide receivers. I’m just looking to make a name for myself when I leave here.” The list of former Chippewas to make a name for themselves in the NFL has grown in recent seasons with All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and No. 1 overall pick Eric Davis, and that example has passed down to Davis.
“It just shows that I can play with these guys,” he said. “I know one thing they say about us is we don’t have competition in the MAC. I think we have people that have proven that, Eric Fisher and guys like Antonio and Jahleel Addae, they can prove that, they can play with the guys in this league.” A 6-foot-1, 196-pound pass catcher, Davis is the all-time CMU leader in career receiving yardage (3,700 yards) and career touchdowns (37) after becoming the first player in FBS history to catch at least eight touchdowns in four straight seasons.
He had 60 receptions for 980 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014, despite missing time with an injury.
A two-time Biletnikoff Award nominee, he was a four-time All-MAC honoree and named to the 2014 AP All-Bowl team after catching six passes for 137 yards and four touchdowns in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.
He was clocked at 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 32.5 inches in the vertical jump with a broad jump of 119 inches, which generated a grade of 5.4.
However, the scout’s analysis of his play was glowing.
“Outstanding route runner,” it said. “Has foot quickness to disorient corners off the line of scrimmage. Can ‘sell and sink’ – driving defenders vertically before sinking hips and turning quickly for easy completions.
“Plus awareness with feet near sideline and tracks ball over his shoulder like an NFL veteran.”
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