Tag:Ball State
Posted on: August 23, 2010 10:41 am
 

QB Nate Davis continues to flash for 49ers

NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth characterized it here better than I ever have.

While working the 49ers-Vikings game last night as part of Sunday Night Football, he gushed about the physical skills of San Francisco's third-string quarterback.

"I don't know what else you have to see out of Nate Davis," Collinsworth said. "This young man... his feet are quick, his release is quick, he's seeing the field, he's not hesitating and he's got a rocket."

Davis completed 7 of 16 passes in the second half against the Vikings. His throws included a 60 yard bomb to Ted Ginn, Jr. (which traveled a full 65 yards in the air and drew a John Elway-comparison from Collinsworth), as well as intermediate routes (slant, drag).  

Davis, a star at Ball State who completed 60.4% of his passes for 9,233 yards for 74 touchdowns against only 22 interceptions, was, in my opinion, one of the 2009 draft's most underrated passers and a personal favorite . As Al Michaels noted during last night's telecast, Davis elected to leave Ball State after his junior season and had only one team show up at his Pro Day. That team was the Indianapolis Colts , the team whose headquarters was physically closer to the Ball State campus than any of the other 31 NFL teams.

Davis starred at Ball State while wearing a glove on his throwing (right) hand. Wearing gloves didn't seem to hurt Kurt Warner's success, but nonetheless Davis was questioned by many for wearing it. He elected to get rid of the glove during his throwing session at the 2009 NFL Combine. I, along with a handful of other media, was allowed in to watch Davis and the rest of the quarterbacks throw.

I focused on Davis and noted then , that after starting erratically, he again demonstrated his strong arm and beautiful deep passing touch. 

As ESPN's Mike Sando notes , 49ers head coach Mike Singletary acknowledged the "flashes" Davis shows on the field, but he's been less than impressed so far with Davis' work ethic.

"I really like the kid, there is a lot to like about him, but there is a work ethic that’s involved in terms of being a quarterback in the NFL and he’s got to get it, it’s as simple as that," Singletary said. "I'm pulling for him, I’m hoping, but so far it’s inconsistent."

Davis' work ethic I don't know enough to intelligently comment on. However, as I noted on this blog following Davis' Pro Day in which only the Colts showed. 

The film doesn't lie. Davis can play.

Posted on: March 21, 2009 3:53 pm
 

Colts only team at Nate Davis' Pro Day

I've been pretty vocal in my opinion about Ball State junior quarterback Nate Davis. I believe he is among the best deep-ball passers of this draft and a legitimate starter candidate if he is given time to sit on the bench and develop in a more pro-style offense.

Apparently, however, NFL scouts are starting to question Davis' ability, as only one team -- the Indianapolis Colts -- were represented at Davis' Pro Day Friday.Perhaps teams were comfortable enough with the fact that Davis threw -- and, in my opinion at least, threw well -- at the Combine already.

Davis, for what it is worth, again threw the ball well, completing 61 of the 70 passes he threw in a workout orchestrated by former NFL quarterback, turned QB guru Steve DeBerg. Not surprisingly, Davis was at his best throwing deep passes. Of the 9 incompletions, 5 were drops by his receivers.

There are certainly concerns with Davis. His lack of height and well-publicized learning disability are chief among them. I generally believe the Wonderlic is an overrated component of grading prospects, but at quarterback, it is important. Should Davis have scored poorly on the test (as is rumored), I can understand why he might be dropping. I was not particularly impressed by Davis during the interview process at the Combine and do not anticipate that teams were either.

However, considering the lack of talent among this year's quarterback class and the lengthy careers of past quarterbacks whose greatest asset was the long ball (Jeff Blake, anyone?) Davis remains a quality mid-round prospect with significant upside.

The film doesn't lie. Davis can play.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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