Nate Davis Scouting Report

By Michael Pierce

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Davis Nate Ball State QB 6.5
Last Name First Name College Position Final Grade
6'2" 217 5.01
Height Weight 40 Time
Q.A.B 7.5

Quick Feet 7.0

C.O.D 7.0

Flexibility 6.5

Coordination 7.5

Davis has tremendous athletic ability. He displays great body control on every play, he never looks sporadic with his movements. Whether he is scrambling, rolling out, handing the ball off, or just dropping back all his movements are concise, consistent, and controlled. Davis' athletic ability allows him to buy more time under pressure and give the offense second or even third chances at the play. However, I would not put Davis in the same category as a Vince Young, he is not a running quarterback, he uses his quick feet and running ability to buy more time and his head is always down field rather looking to run with the ball. Davis' athletic ability is a huge plus when considering an NFL quarterback, you always want a guy who can give life to plays on offense and always has that threat of the big play running the ball.
Toughness 8.0

Clutch Play 7.5

Production 6.5

Consistency 6.0

Team Player 7.0

Pride/Quit 8.0

Davis is a very competitive player at quarterback. His mental toughness and calm demeanor gives him an added advantage in crucial situations. Davis never quits on any play or game and consistently gives everything he has on every play. He spreads the ball around well to keep teammates happy. Davis' ability to stay calm even in pressure situations gives the team plenty of opportunities to stay in the game or come from behind and win it. Davis led the Cardinals to two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to take the win over Central Michigan both TD's were passes by Davis, one of 45 yards and the game winner of 11 yards. His winning attitude and refusal to quit gave the Cardinals the opportunity to win that game. My only knock on Davis is his ability to be consistent his stats from week to week vary a lot and his play, although pretty good, in the MAC title game had some miscues in it.
Learn/Retain 7.5

Inst/Reaction 8.0

Concentration 8.0

Davis has his head in the game on every play, you can see his ability to learn from what the defense is doing and adjusting through out the game. He has a great ability to read the defense pre snap and determine where he is going with the ball before it is snapped and when that is not there he knows where to go after his post snap read. Davis' deep concentration allows him to stay focused on the play from the huddle to the whistle which allows him to make plays even after a breakdown in protection.
Body Type 7.0

Durability 6.5

Explosion 7.5

Play Strength 7.5

Davis' size and strength are some of his best attributes. Although his height and weight are on the lower end of the spectrum for what NFL teams are looking for in a quarterback Davis plays very strong. He sees the field very well despite being 6'2� and has the strength in his 217 lb frame to absorb hits. When Davis decides to take off he has great explosiveness to into the open field. Davis' arm strength is also very good, the ball has a lot of zip coming out of his hand and he has plenty of strength to get the ball downfield deep in a hurry. His overall strength allows him to even make plays with defenders in his face, hitting him, and hanging on him.
8.0 TECHNIQUE Has great mechanics, delivery is smooth and consistent and footwork is almost flawless. 225 Reps:


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8.0 ARM STRENGTH Very strong arm can make all the throws with great zip
7.0 CONVERT % Athletic ability allows him to convert big plays
7.0 2ND LIVES Quick feet and athleticism buys him time to make plays
8.0 ACC SHORT IN PKT Hits receivers in stride to allow y.a.c
7.5 ACC LONG IN PKT Arm strength allows zip on ball in long game to put it in the right spot
7.5 ACC ON THE MOVE Quick feet and sound mechanics makes his accuracy good on the move squares up shoulders on for delivery
7.0 BIG PLAYS Good at coming up with the big play when the team needs it.
7.5 UNDER PRESSURE Very cool, calm, and collective to stand in the pocket and make an accurate throw with bodies all around him CRITICAL FACTORS
7.0 LEADERSHIP/POISE His leadership and poise in clutch situations is what gave them the opportunity to win the game against a good Central Michigan team Size: 7.0

Athleticism: 8.0

Strength: 7.5

Competes: 7.5

Play Speed: 6.5

7.0 READ DEFENSES Great at pre snap reads and knowing exactly where to go with the ball before the snap. Could use some work on post snap reads.
8.0 BIG ERRORS His competitiveness causes him to force some things and make some mistakes.
Davis' competitiveness, strength, athletic ability, and mechanics are what set him apart. His ability to avoid the rush gives the offense 2nd chances at the play and his sound mechanics are what allow him to be so accurate in the passing game. He has tremendous strength that allows him to have plenty of pop on the ball and his technique keeps it accurate, his strength also allows him to stand tall in the pocket and make plays under duress. I believe Davis' skill set will allow him to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. Davis has struggled at time with consistency, and I think his competitiveness is responsible for that. He tries too hard sometimes to force stuff and it causes some mistakes. Davis also needs some work with his post snap reads and looking off the safety. At times I think he locks in on one receiver too much based on his pre snap reads which in the collegiate game he can get away with that, it won't be so easy in the NFL where defenses are great at disguising coverage pre-snap.
I believe Davis Davis can be a very successful quarterback in the NFL. His competitiveness, strength, athletic ability, and his sound mechanics in the passing game are what makes a successful QB in the NFL. With a little bit of work on reading defenses and adjusting to the speed of the NFL game Davis could become a franchise type quarterback. Davis has shown great toughness and plays a lot stronger than his build. His accuracy and arm strength are exactly what NFL teams are looking for, he has shown that he can make all the throws that will be required for him to make. If Davis can learn to settle in and not force anything his consistency will improve dramatically. His mental toughness I believe will allow him to learn to read a defense pretty quickly and adjust to the speed of the game very soon. All in all Davis will be a solid pick up in the draft for whichever team gets him and could become a successful QB for years to come.

Numerical Final Grade Scale:

  • 7.0-7.9 - Pro Bowl potential
  • 6.5-6.9 - Highly-productive starter
  • 6.3-6.4 - Very good starter
  • 6.1-6.2 - Good starting player
  • 6.0 - Very productive backup/may develop into starter
  • 5.9 - Very good backup/special-teams player
  • 5.8 - Quality backup/special-teams player
  • 5.5-5.7 - Backup/project/special-teams player
  • - Backup/scout team

  • Individual Numerical Grade based on a 1-9 scale, 1 (not good enough for NFL) to 9 (rare quality).

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