With pro days taking place and the NFL Scouting Combine already concluded, it’s normally not the time of the year when prospects declare for the annual draft.
But Matt Davis of Southern Methodist is not your normal quarterback. He’s been in the college ranks for five years and is coming off a 2016 campaign in which the signal caller missed all but two games after tearing his ACL.
Instead of returning to SMU for a sixth season, Davis has decided to declare for the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2017
Needless to say, Davis himself is behind the proverbial eight ball. He’s coming off a serious injury. There’s no real recent tape on him. He missed out on the combine. And in reality, he likely wasn’t an early-round pick in the first place.
Though, Davis’ inclusion in the 2017 NFL Draft could very well create a trickle-down effect. At 6-foot-1 and 212 pounds he’s not your prototypical pocket passer. But Davis boasts a relatively strong arm, is as athletic as they come and is what we would call a dual-threat under center.
In his only real full-time stint as a starting quarterback for SMU, Davis completed 55 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions back in 2015. He added 761 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
It will surely be interesting to see how this all plays out, but we couldn’t be surprised if Davis surpassed some mid-tier quarterbacks throughout the remainder of the draft process.
It’s considered a relatively weak quarterback class, which is likely one of the reasons Davis made this decision.
Davis will participate in the SMU Pro Day early next month, mere weeks before the draft is set to be held in Philadelphia.