What do Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld, Liberty QB Josh Woodrum and Wisconsin QB Joel Stave have in common? None of them won a National Championship but all three are going to the NFL Combine later this month in Indianapolis. Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker didn’t receive and invite.
Despite throwing for 3110 yards and 21 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions Coker won’t be going to the Combine. It’s true that the Alabama QB was more of a game manager and his job was pretty simple handing it off to Derrick Henry for big chunks of yards at a time.
There were some games last season where Henry took over but there were some games where Coker put the team on his back like in the National Championship Game against Clemson. Against the Tigers Coker threw for 335 yards and 2 TDs, both of which came in the second half to bring the Crimson Tide back to win the Title. It’s easy to overlook what he did for most of the season but Coker was a leader and made the throws he had to make with the game on the line.
In the Senior Bowl Coker got to play in the first quarter and then handed the reigns over to Dak Prescott. Coker was only 3 of 8 passing but scrambled for a key first down that led to the first score of the game.
Fortunately that won’t be the last time that scouts really get to take a good look at him. Coker will have an opportunity to show off at the Alabama pro day next month in Tuscaloosa but not being at the Combine really will hurt his chances of being drafted in the NFL Draft.
It’s thought that if Coker gets selected in the draft he will be a late round pick on day three. If he’s not selected Coker will have an opportunity to sign as an undrafted free agent and better his chances of getting a spot on an NFL roster by picking a team that is thin at QB.
It’s not surprising that Coker was overlooked by the NFL and those who select those invited to the Combine but his performance in the National Championship Game alone should’ve warranted an invite.