Photo of Jake Coker
Grade
5.27 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 236LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Coker was inconsistent, at best, this season as the starter for the Crimson Tide after getting on the field in just 17 games while at Florida State (2011-2013) and his first year at Alabama. Coker backed up first round pick E.J. Manuel in 2012 and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in 2013, seeing limited time. He could not beat out veteran Blake Sims for the starting job once arriving in Tuscaloosa, though he did play a bit (38-59, 64.4 percent, 403 yards, four TD, no INT in 7 games). But as Coker's first year as a starter progressed, there was improvement that NFL teams undoubtedly noticed. He won Offensive MVP honors in the Cotton Bowl win over Michigan State (25-30, 286 yards, two TD), which sent the Tide to the national title game against Clemson. Coker passed for a career-high 335 yards, connecting with tight end O.J. Howard for two scores, helping Alabama win its fourth title in seven years.

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding size and overall build and looks the part of an NFL quarterback. When needed, can call on more heat on his fastball. Finished the season with 30 completions of 25-plus yards. Throws deep ball with touch and enough accuracy. Classic step-­and­-throw delivery with sound mechanics from the pocket. Ball comes out with a tight spiral. Is generally accurate with solid ball placement when feet are planted and comfortable. Poise is okay. Despite size is a functional scrambler out of the pocket with six carries going for 15-plus yards. Played his best football in the postseason.

Weaknesses

Deliberate to the point of being slow in his set­up. Delivery and release are lethargic allowing linemen to bat throws down and corners to get a head start. Needs plays to stay on schedule. May not have arm talent and twitch to cut accurate throws loose from off-­balance angles. Accuracy becomes very iffy when rolling out to his right. Stares down targets. Plenty of single read throws. Will run himself into sacks and pressure. Not a fit for "hero ball". Needs to get rid of ball rather than keep trying to make something happen.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"He's going to get drafted. He's big with a pretty good arm. (Nick) Saban will go to bat for the kid. He's got a chance to be a backup." -- NFC southeastern area scout

NFL Comparison

Dan Orlovsky

Bottom Line

He has the size, touch and ability to threaten defenses vertically that will intrigue many teams. His six-touchdown, no-interception run from SEC Championship Game through the playoffs should not be ignored. While I have concerns about his delivery speed causing NFL passing windows to close down, I wouldn't be surprised to see Coker take a big move up the draft board as there will likely be a team that sees his late-season play as a sign of his NFL potential with more coaching and experience.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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