Junior Report: Is Nate Davis Your QB?
J.D., a young Bleacher Report writer and creator of The Sports Report with J.D., contacted me to see if I wanted to post some of his articles on the site. Always looking to encourage an aspiring writer, I agreed. J.D. discusses Nate Davis’ draft status.
With all the hype Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, and Josh Freeman are getting, people seem to be forgetting Nate Davis. Could he be the right quarterback? A franchise QB? Here is the Draft Talk.
Nate Davis has an unusual style of holding the football, but it doesn’t affect his game. Davis doesn’t throw on the laces. He had little trouble in the College Football Skills Challenge on ESPN, finishing second behind Stafford.
Now let’s get straight to the point. In my opinion Mark Sanchez is going to be a bust. Many feel he is going to be a star, but I don’t think he’ll be a success. Even his Coach, Pete Carroll said he wasn’t ready. Then there is Stafford. I feel he’ll be like Matt Leinart. He will do good for his first two years, maybe lose his job, and possibly strike again. Finally, there’s Josh Freeman, who will be some kind of JaMarcus Russell type. He won’t do well in his first two to three years, but will be very good in the other years.
Now who’s left? Nate Davis. The Ball State native. My man from my home state. Indy! Mark Sanchez has only started 16 games in his college career. Nate Davis? He has been a starter for Ball State since 2006. Last year Davis threw for over 3,500 passing yards with 26 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. According to ESPN, that is a 106.8 quarterback rating in NFL standards.
In his career, Nate Davis has 74 career passing touchdowns with over 9,200 passing yards. His best year was in 2007 when he threw for over 3,600 yards and 30 touchdowns to six interceptions. He has been to two bowl games, the International Bowl in 2008 and the GMAC Bowl in 2009. Now what will he do this year? Where will he end up?
Davis looks to be a second round pick. Nate Davis may be a good fit for the Browns, Buccaneers, or the Redskins. Washington could draft Andre Smith as the 13th pick, and add Nate Davis in a later round. Jason Campbell needs to improve, and adding Davis could open up a Quarterback competition.
How about the Browns? Derek Anderson had a disastrous year. Brady Quinn looked like a bust, but he can still improve. It looks to me if they drafted Davis that it would be a battle between Davis and Quinn. Anderson would get beat out easily.
My favorite would be the Bucs. Jeff Garcia won’t be back and with about six other quarterbacks that we have never heard, the Bucs could make a bid for Nate Davis. Davis can be excellent. He can be a big factor in the passing game, which would open up the running game for Derrick Ward. The Bucs can also look to take big Ramses Barden in the third or fourth round, which would give Davis a big 6’6″ target and a big draft steal.
Here are my projected numbers for Nate Davis next year in the NFL: 2,335 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, 18 interceptions. Not bad for a rookie.
Now fans, what do you think? Is Nate Davis a good QB for your team? Or is he just a bust? You make the call.