Drew Boylhart   3/09

Nate Davis   QB   Ball State         

 

STRENGTHS

Nate has solid talent for the next level.  He shows a strong arm and throws the ball with good velocity.  He does a nice job making plays from the pocket and even though he works out of a spread offense, he is a pocket passer.  Nate shows team leadership skills and likes to be the man on the field.  He has the ability to make all the necessary throws to become a starting QB in the NFL for the team that drafts him.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Although Nate has the athletic talent to play at the next level, he still needs a ton of development in all phases of his play.  He has leadership skills, but right now he has a lot of trouble handling adversity on the field.  His stubbornness is both a gift and a curse. 

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 3

Drafting Nate for developmental purposes as a possible starting NFL QB I think would be a very smart move.  Nate's ability to be coached is the only thing that will hold him back from becoming an NFL QB and that is strictly related to his on the field stubbornness.  On the other hand, the good thing is that Nate has the same strong will in his play that I saw years ago in Jim Kelly (HOF QB Buffalo Bills).  Nate has to learn to adjust physically and mentally to what a defense is doing to him on the field. Right now, his unwillingness to change course does not allow him to do that.  Stubbornness is a good thing, but Nate has to realize that it can get you into a ton of trouble on the field if you do not recognize when to be stubborn and when to be flexible.  In most situations, this type of QB has trouble coming off his main receiver and going to his check downs quickly enough to be effective and to help open up the middle of the field in the passing game.  That being said, Nate shows me on film that he has that inner need to be a successful NFL QB.  I would take a chance on Nate if I was in a situation where I had a young starting QB on my team who was questionable for my future QB.  The KC Chiefs and the Washington Redskins have situations like this right now with Thigpen and Campbell.  In this kind of situation, Nate would have a chance to compete, which would make him more coachable, in my opinion.  He is the type of kid that needs that biscuit in front of him so that he will want to be coached.  This kid has excellent potential to be a hell of a QB.  Contrary to popular belief, there are some very good developmental QB's in the draft and Nate is one of them.