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During the 2008 season, a buzz had been building around Ball State quarterback Nate Davis.
Today?  The only buzz Davis hears is the softly annoying screech of crickets.
Davis conducted his Pro Day workout on Friday.  And only one team attended.
The Colts, which also were the team that had the shortest distance to travel.
I was very disappointed, but you only need one team to fall in love with you,” Davis said, according to the Muncie (Ind.) Star Press.
But Davis supposedly performed well, at least according to the man who has been hired to help him perform well, or at least to say that he performed well even if he didn’t:  Former NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg.
“He threw the ball like he always does — outstanding,” DeBerg said.  “He made all the throws — short, deep, intermediate.  I was very happy, and impressed as always.  It’s fun to work with a quarterback who has as much talent as Nate does.”
The decline started for Davis when he posted disappointing times in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.  At this point, there’s a chance he won’t even be drafted.

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39 Responses to “31 TEAMS PASS ON NATE DAVIS' PRO DAY”
  1. sporkdevil says: Mar 21, 2009 5:53 PM

    It’s a shame he didn’t attend WVU, or else Florio would have him drafted first overall to Detroit. And write a sequel to Quaterback of the Future staring Date Navis.
    Sorry to blow the title for everything. It will be Quarterback of the Future: The Wat Phite story.

  2. depleted_uranium_balls says: Mar 21, 2009 5:54 PM

    They care much about his 40 even though he’s a QB? Someone will get a fairly good deal in the draft.

  3. wolverine21 says: Mar 21, 2009 5:55 PM

    i heard somebody i think it was either charles davis (even though hes too polite and nice to say something like this i doubt it was him) mike lombardi or mike mayock and they were talking about nate davis and his LEARNING DISABLITY. i was like… “are they seriously talking about this?”
    first time i ever heard anybody talk about a learning disability when talking about a prospect. it was PRICELESS. it sounds like 31 teams got the memo.. or his wonderlic score.

  4. Tyler E. says: Mar 21, 2009 5:56 PM

    Wow, before the combine I thought this guy was going to be a 2nd round pick, and at the very least go in the 4th round. I don’t know why teams are making such a fuss over the 40 times of quarterbacks these days. If the guy has a cannon for an arm, which Nate Davis does, then why not give the guy a look at his pro day? I’m really shocked, to tell you the truth, that only the Colts took a look at this guy.

  5. brian_21 says: Mar 21, 2009 6:12 PM

    Since when did a 40-yard dash matter at all regarding a quarterback?

  6. PackAttack says: Mar 21, 2009 6:13 PM

    Only one guy came to Favres.

  7. FillyFinatic says: Mar 21, 2009 6:14 PM

    John Elway and Dan Marino would have never been drafted if they were based souly on 40 yard dashes

  8. bigtrav425 says: Mar 21, 2009 6:17 PM

    Since when does a 40 time predict a QB’s Future?

  9. Dolfan29 says: Mar 21, 2009 6:19 PM

    Why did the 40 yard dash matter so much for a Qb???

  10. 2 Dimes and a Nickel Back says: Mar 21, 2009 6:24 PM

    He’d be an upgrade to Tarvaris Jackson…but then again, Ronnie Brown in the Wildcat would be an upgrade to Tarvaris.

  11. mborz says: Mar 21, 2009 6:28 PM

    wolverine21 said:
    i heard somebody i think it was either charles davis (even though hes too polite and nice to say something like this i doubt it was him) mike lombardi or mike mayock and they were talking about nate davis and his LEARNING DISABLITY. i was like… “are they seriously talking about this?”
    first time i ever heard anybody talk about a learning disability when talking about a prospect. it was PRICELESS. it sounds like 31 teams got the memo.. or his wonderlic score.

    There are a lot of classless things in these comments sections, but I never expected to see anybody gloating over someone’s learning disability.
    A learning disability is nothing to be ashamed of.
    Making fun of someone’s learning disability is.

  12. DanSnydersPetCeratto says: Mar 21, 2009 6:30 PM

    Nate Davis was a great player in the MAC, which has produced some good quarterbacks in the last ten years. I’ve seen him play many times and in my amateur opinion, he looks like a guy who would be successful as a pro. I mean he has to be better than Dan Orlavsky, Daunte Culpepper and Tarvaris.

  13. Peditto says: Mar 21, 2009 6:56 PM

    Let’s look at the past 10 Super Bowl winning QBs.
    Tell me which one of these guys has even a respectable 40 time….
    John Elway
    Kurt Warner
    Trent Dilfer
    Tom Brady (x3)
    Big Ben (x2)
    Peyton Manning
    Elis Manning

  14. kristoff says: Mar 21, 2009 6:58 PM

    drew willy all da way. 5th round

  15. shukey11 says: Mar 21, 2009 7:01 PM

    hahahahahah eat it whitlock

  16. bgman says: Mar 21, 2009 7:12 PM

    Was there a timing issue with other pro days? Did his school and/or agent not get the release out to the teams of his pro day schedule?
    I have a hard time believing that a QB listed as one of the top 5 has absoluetly no interest. Scouts show up to pro days of some pretty borderline guys.
    My guess is that teams are interested but decided to skip the pro day as a rouse to appear not interested. And by coincidence 31 teams did the same thing.
    The problem for Davis is now teams that were leaning on him as a 3rd rounder will now wait until the 4th round thinking no one else will take him before then. And then when the 4th round comes around, they’ll press their luck and hope he’s there in the 5th. Then when the 5th round comes around they’ll think everyone else knows something they don’t so they’ll pass on him for another round. Same thing in the 6th round.
    Suddenly Nate Davis is in the running for Mr. Irrelevant all because teams overthink the process and try to fool each other and go on to fool themselves.

  17. wolverine21 says: Mar 21, 2009 7:15 PM

    im just repeating what i heard on NFL network when a round table of analysts were talking about him. if you feel like im making fun of nate davis in particular then i apologize. i think you read my intentions the wrong way. its just the idea that it would even come up on national television was very strange to me even if it is true.
    with what happened with vince young, if teams feel like you arent mentally sharp enough to process information they wont touch you. period. i feel bad for the guy but thats what you get for coming out early out of BALLS STEAK.

  18. Fade 2 Black says: Mar 21, 2009 7:34 PM

    “I’ll make them all remember this day!”
    -Nate Davis

  19. indycolt45 says: Mar 21, 2009 7:35 PM

    Nate Davis’ decline started in the MAC Title Game when he laid an egg against Miami (OH). His performance in the bowl game a few weeks later didn’t do him any favors, either.

  20. BuckFutter says: Mar 21, 2009 7:44 PM

    Just so you guys know….I’m holding my Pro Day tomorrow.

  21. 2muchO2 says: Mar 21, 2009 8:11 PM

    I doubt if Bernie Kosar even ran a 40 yard dash. I know he never had a 40 yard gain in his career

  22. 2muchO2 says: Mar 21, 2009 8:14 PM

    Teams that want fast quarterbacks are teams that want to save money on offensive linemen.

  23. screamingidiot says: Mar 21, 2009 8:27 PM

    What a lot of you are missing is that sometimes teams have all the info they need on a guy. N.D is gonna be a project. He is a junior. Raw. Teams know he has an arm. All the rest of the pos. prob needs work.
    I bet a lot of teams didn’t think they needed to attend because they know what he is. A later round pick that some coach needs to “coach up” before he can play.
    Simple as that.

  24. Eddie Drycleaner says: Mar 21, 2009 8:56 PM

    That’s embarassing. Let’s hope he becomes the next Tom Brady.

  25. Eddie Drycleaner says: Mar 21, 2009 9:04 PM

    I wonder what Peyton and Eli’s 40 times were? Which tech nerd wants to dig that up for me? I’ll give you 10 garments drycleaned free. (Exludes households, leather, and formals)

  26. samit23 says: Mar 21, 2009 9:25 PM

    Its a wonder that 25 teams have spent the better part of 10 years looking for a decent QB. The scouting in the NFL is poor all things considered. To think that only 1 team showed up..what a joke.

  27. korbot says: Mar 21, 2009 9:26 PM

    Seriously. The NFL has the worst double-standard about speed and “running” QBs in general. Can the guy throw the ball or not? Can he read defenses? I thought those things were important. I guess Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino aren’t good examples of slow quarterbacks who perform well. Oh, wait. (And don’t reply back to me about the 40 times of any of these quarterbacks. I don’t care.)

  28. PurpleNGold says: Mar 21, 2009 10:36 PM

    and with their first pick,
    the Minnesota Vikings
    choose their quarterback…

  29. olausen57 says: Mar 21, 2009 10:46 PM

    No one showing up has nothing to do with his “disappointing 40 time”. Just because he is black does not make him automatically a scrambling QB. What a ridiculous idea. It has to do with maybe his wunderlic score or the fact that he did everything at the combine so no one needed to see anything else. Cmon Florio.

  30. blackoutzone says: Mar 21, 2009 10:50 PM

    Sry Nate the other teams showed they have no class. turn it on them learn from one of the best in the league put 55tds in a season and get paid

  31. myusernamestinks says: Mar 21, 2009 11:19 PM

    “…the softly annoying screech of crickets.” You have a gift, Florio. Ever think about writing books?

  32. jimicos says: Mar 22, 2009 1:10 AM

    “He threw the ball like he always does — outstanding,” DeBerg said. “He made all the throws — short, deep, intermediate.”
    Was anyone there to catch all the throws? Did the scout from Indy have to run some routes for him?

  33. TMC says: Mar 22, 2009 8:44 AM

    I know this may come as a shock to everyone, but NFL teams did see Nate Davis throw at the combine. Then, two weeks later, 14 NFL teams arrived at the Ball State Pro Day to watch players work out and Nate Davis opted NOT to throw, holding his own private workout on March 20th.
    Maybe NFL teams saw enough at the combine and if they did not, it may have been wise for Davis to throw when the scouts show up, not decide to throw alone and invite the scouts.
    There were 7 other colleges holding Pro Days on March 20th. There were 11 colleges holding their Pro Days on March 19th (meaning the scouts would be catching redeyes to see Davis) and over half of those 11 were major schools like Missouri, Texas, Florida State, and Ole Miss (top talent in this draft are working out the day before).
    It is funny to think that NFL teams will drop everything to return to a personal workout of a middle round QB just because he feels like working out on a different schedule.

  34. olausen57 says: Mar 22, 2009 3:57 PM

    Great post TMC.
    Even mentioning a 40 time is ridiculous.

  35. edge3281 says: Mar 22, 2009 4:46 PM

    His downfall didn’t start with his 40 time. His downfall started with the total collapse of this play at the end of the season.

  36. Gailikk says: Mar 22, 2009 5:57 PM

    People need to remember that Nate Davis is a three year starter, there are 36-39 tapes of his skills available from the university. Whereas, Sanchez has 13. Scouts get very clinical on qbs that have played for 3-4 years, you can learn everything about them and have a better chance to learn their quirks. This is really a non story since I believe that some team (come on 49ers) will draft him in the late 3rd or early 4th and let him learn for a few years. Could you imagine if the Colts drafted him and then let him spend 3-5 years learning behind payton and then becoming the next steve young (in terms of a replacement).

  37. Benacci says: Mar 24, 2009 4:08 PM

    Why hello there Sorgi Jr!

  38. Grimace says: Apr 14, 2009 12:40 AM

    Nate Davis learning DISABLITY was he did not like school and did not go to class in high school.

  39. Grimace says: Apr 14, 2009 1:13 AM

    The 8 he scored on the Wonderlic may have kept most away.

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