The Tennessee Titans two first -round picks from Thursday night – receiver Corey Davis and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson – are already getting well acquainted and showing themselves eager to fit in.
After realizing Thursday night that they would be teammates in Tennessee, the two then made the trip from Philadelphia, site of this year’s draft, to Nashville to be assigned their jerseys and get familiar with that will be their new surroundings.
“I realized it once I got picked (at No 18) and walked through the tunnel and saw him standing there,” Jackson said. “They took like a picture that is on the website or Instagram or Twitter. So that was the first time I knew we were going to be teammates.
“We shook hands, he congratulated me, I congratulated him. Actually once he got picked, I was going to the bathroom when he got picked with the fifth pick. I got off and congratulated him and the next thing you know, I got picked, and he was there congratulating me. So it was pretty cool.”
Davis said the two have been getting well acquainted as well.
“(I had) talked to Adoree’ before, knew a little bit about him. Great competitor, great guy, great family, great foundation, and so I’m looking forward to playing with him.”
In taking those two players in the first round, the Titans aimed to solve two of their biggest problem areas. Davis joins a wide receiving corps that let disappointing Kendall Wright walk away in free agency, and will team with Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe as the Titans’ top targets for Marcus Mariota at wide receiver.
Davis has already been trading texts with his new quarterback Marcus Mariota, whom he is eager to meet and has already lavished plenty of praise on.
As for Jackson, he made sure to get phone numbers for all the Titans defensive backs from the coaching staff, and send them messages introducing himself as their new teammate.
“I wanted to reach out actually before they met me, so they know I am not here with a big head just because I came here in the first round. I want to learn from them and get ready to work,” Jackson said.
General manager Jon Robinson said the club was sold on them after meeting with them in pre-draft proceedings.
“Once we got to know them, you can probably tell in the 10 minutes here, they are both very personable guys,” Robinson said. “They are easy to talk to. The team-first mentality was easy to pick up in both of them. They were both competent, competitive football players with obviously a skill set that allowed both to perform at a high level. We didn’t find any negatives in either one of these guys, and we thought that both of these guys would have an impact on our football team.”