Davis' departure could cost millions

January 9, 2009
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davisFive weeks ago, Ball State quarterback Nate Davis’ stock was rising faster than Mel Kiper Jr.’s hairdo. Two games (both ugly losses), and heaven knows how many QB fumbles later (actually, it was eight), it looks like Davis might be smart to stay another season in Muncie.

Davis will base his decision on the feedback he gets from the NFL’s draft advisory committee. The wrong decision could cost Davis millions. In the 2008 NFL draft, Baltimore took quarterback Joe Flacco 18th in the first round. He received a five-year, $30 million contract, with $8.75 million guaranteed. Green Bay took quarterback Brian Brohm with the 25th pick in the second round. He signed a 4-year, $2.6 million contract that included a $900,000 signing bonus and the first-year base salary of $295,000 guaranteed. It's also worth mentioning that Davis' departure would likely cost BSU plenty in ticket and other ancillary revenue, nevermind the bowl appearance money he could bring them.

The NFL’s evaluation on Davis’ draft status is expected early next week. Considering that Davis was taken apart in successive games by a Buffalo team that has the 94th ranked defense in the nation and Tulsa, which has the nation’s 74th best defense, it appears the verdict is already in.
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  • Davis, go to the NFL. no questions. BSU will not have the line that you need to be as successful as you were this year. a couple fumbles will not hold you back. everyone has that problem.
  • These two losses can be pinned on Brady Hoke and the BSU administration's poor handling of the whole coaching questions. Clearly the team wasn't focused, and I think NFL people understand the effect that can have on college students. Nate has proven himself. He has the skills. Someone will take a flyer on him - and he should bolt year. I wanted him to stay, until Hoke split. It might be now or never.
  • Plus that bowl game was played in terrible conditions.

    But whether there's reasons for losses, it doesnt matter. It comes down to whether next year's draft position will be higher or lower than this year's position. I think that's a roll of the dice. Good luck Nate!
  • Take those NFL $$$ now, Nate, because Ball State won't have the lofty undefeated record next year - or any other year in the coming future. NFL scouts will cut him some slack with Coach Hoke bolting for the San Diego State job before the season was over. It's also doubtful that Davis will get any better in 2009 under Coach Parrish's tutelage and with a decimated front line for protection. Is Davis good enough for NFL play? Depending on the depth at QB in this year's draft, now's probably the time for Davis to find out.
  • Well, he was good enough to merit a personal scouting trip (to Muncie for a game) by Bill Polian. That says something. Still, I think it's a giant gamble, for Davis and the team that would draft him in 2009.

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