I actually already put this up as a 'comment' on the TY scouting report. It started off as a response to his character concerns and ended up showing off what a BSU/Lions junkie I am. Whatever though, I hope this helps
First off, those character issues are incredibly overblown. He’s really turned into a great guy. I’ve lived in Boise most my life (probably the only diehard Lions fan in Idaho) and got to see him play a bunch of times. Add to that, we’re around the same age in a city that’s not huge, so we had some mutual friends. From all accounts, he really has been a stand-up dude off the field since he got his chi together following that 2008 suspension.
As a team player/effort guy, look no further than the tape where he recovers a fumble in the end zone, because the play was never over for him. Even though it looked like Avery had a clear shot to the house. Most everyone stopped or did the half-hearted, celebratory, fist pumping jog. Except for Titus. So, when a Fresno db caught up to our rb a centimeter from the end zone and tomahawked the ball out…Titus was right there and recovered the ball for a score.
He was right there again in the Vegas bowl. All the way to the end zone following Doug Martin on his 84 yard, back-breaking scamper—pushing a corner off at the last second that had bad intentions for the play. Being that Doug Martin (we affectionately call him the ’Muscle Hamster) is 10x the back Avery is, there was never a real danger for a fumble…but Titus was there anyway. Team player all the way now.
As far as his ability, I remember at least three one handed catches he had that just made me go “whoaaa”. The best one was probably this past season against Oregon State. It’s in the reel from the 2010 season highlights, although somehow the others didn’t make it in. Also, there’s a great catch he has (granted, against New Mexico State defenders…but one of them is the same Davon House that just got drafted by the Packers in round 4) where he shows just phenomenal skill. Catches the ball at full speed, comes to a dead stop, jukes the corner out of his shorts, and speeds through an arm tackle by the other to score. You have to see it to fully appreciate it.
His speed is not a joke. The tape doesn’t lie. He really is a stick of dynamite and his game speed is unquestionable. As far as the concerns about his size, I would say yeah…semi legit, but you can’t hurt what you can’t hit. And even when someone does pop him, he champs through it and bounces right back up.
Pardon what ended up being a rant, but as is clearly evident, I am all kinds of excited to see Titus in Detroit and being that I have some insider knowledge about the guy, I thought I’d see what I could do to dispel concerns from those having to force themselves to love the pick. It was a trip for me to see my childhood idol (and the reason I’m a Lions fan) announce that he was going to Detroit. Just jacked about it. Can’t wait for this season. Go Lions!!