A First Round Talent, But No One To See

22 03 2009

A PRISM contriNFL Draftbution; written by Jason Roberts

On March 20th, former Ball State University quarterback Nate Davis, along with passing skills mentor Steve DeBerg, arrived on at the Cardinals’ Scheumann Stadium (formerly known as Ball State Stadium), intent on showing off an arm which some NFL draft aficionados have suggested might catapult Davis into a mid-to-low first round selection in the upcoming 2009 NFL Draft in April.

Davis, by all accounts, looked solid in this, his pro day workout out at the Ball State campus. Throwing some 70 total passes to former teammates Darius Hill and former Indiana wide receiver Brandon Walker-Roby, the 2008 MAC Offensive Player of the Year completed 61 throws, all of which came on drills which included short-, medium-, and long-range tosses downfield, and not a single one out of the shotgun position which Davis ran in his three-years with BSU. In speaking with The Star Press, DeBerg said of the performance, “He threw the ball like he always does — outstanding. 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.” Davis too felt positive about the workout, noting, “I wanted to show I could go under center and make all the throws.”

With that being the case, it is hard to explain then why of all those in attendance to watch Davis that Friday, only one NFL team — the Indianapolis Colts — bothered to make the trip to Muncie (a mere 20 minutes away from team headquarters) in order to evaluate the potential the 21 year-old draft-prospect might bring to professional football.

“I was very disappointed [at the turnout of NFL team scouts],” commented Davis, attempting to remain positive by noting, regardless, “you only need one team to fall in love with you” in order to be drafted.

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2009 Under Armour Senior Bowl – Mobile, Alabama – Photo Journal

2 02 2009

A PRISM contribution; all photos original works by Jason Roberts

Photos may not be used without permission

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

The following is a sample of the photographic work done at the Under Armour Senior Bowl, held in Mobile, Alabama, at the end of January 2009.

Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon / Patrick Chung, Oregon

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