Photo of Nate Davis
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  • 5.01 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 99.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 226LBS. Weight

Overview

One of the more intriguing prospects in this year's draft, Davis' athletic and playmaking abilities make some scouts believe he can be special. Statistically (7,258 yards, 56 touchdowns, 14 interceptions passing in 2006-2007), he matches up with other successful MAC quarterbacks of the past, including Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich.

Davis turned his production into postseason accolades, winning first-team all-conference the past two seasons. "Nate the Great" led the Cardinals to a 12-0 start and a No. 12 overall ranking before he and the team sputtered in the final two games off 2008 -- a loss to Buffalo in the MAC Championship and to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl.

The 2008 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Davis elected to take advantage of a poor senior class of quarterbacks and declared for the draft after his junior campaign. He is one of only four quarterbacks -- all underclassmen -- thought of having a possibility to be drafted in the first two rounds. Had an arm span of 32 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: With the exception of height, has all the physical tools scouts are looking for. Quick setup and delivery. Over-the-top throwing motion with an efficient release. Very good arm strength. Legitimate NFL accuracy to all levels of the field, including the long ball. Sets his feet and can drive the deep out from the opposite hash with ease. Good touch in the intermediate and deep areas. Throws a catchable ball with enough loft to allow his receivers to catch it in space and create yardage after the catch. Good mobility in the pocket. Has enough elusiveness to buy time and has a good straight-line speed for the position to take yardage when the defense gives it to him. Good leadership intangibles. An ascending talent with natural tools worthy of development. Negatives: Shorter than scouts would like. Comes from a spread offense and his statistics are inflated because of it. Will have to make the adjustment of taking the ball from center. Questionable level of competition. Struggled against non-MAC foes, including against Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl. Plays with gloves on both hands and throws the ball without the laces. Has resisted coaches' attempts to change how he throws the ball. Documented learning disability and may struggle with a complicated NFL playbook.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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