Started a lot of games and has the pocket presence to stand behind an NFL line early in his career. His prospects are hurt by the general elimination of the third-string quarterback in the NFL, and if he is selected on a flier late, will likely need some time to develop on a practice squad.
After redshirting in 2007, he earned the starting quarterback job in 2008 as a redshirt freshman (13 starts), going 261-of-454 (57.5 percent) for 3,128 yards, 23 touchdowns, eight interceptions and nine rushing scores, earning Freshman All-American honors.
Davis was again the starter in 2009 as a sophomore but missed the second half of the season with a foot injury (5 starts), finishing 108-of-156 (69.2 percent) for 1,165 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.
He returned healthy in 2010 as a junior and started all 13 games, going 278-of-442 (62.9 percent) for 3,103 yards, 20 touchdowns, six interceptions, 10 rush scores and one receiving touchdown, earning Second Team All-CUSA honors.
Davis had his best season in 2011 as a senior with 14 starts, finishing 286-of-475 (60.2 percent) for 3,496 yards, 30 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and four rushing scores, earning Second Team All-CUSA honors and leading his team to the CUSA title.
Davis, who was also an all-state baseball player in high school, won the Burlsworth Trophy this past season as the nation's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on. He compiled an impressive collegiate resume with 45 career starts and several school passing records, breaking many of Brett Favre's old marks.
Davis is a tough, gritty signal-caller with better than advertised mobility, but he has limited size and arm strength and does not boast many distinguishing traits. He is comfortable with his skill-set and gets the most out of his ability. Davis is built for a West Coast Offense and will battle in an NFL camp, but probably as a priority free agent.
Positives: A dual threat quarterback with athletic footwork and mobility. An instinctive runner with very good toughness ~ uses stiff arms and runs with good body strength. Has quick, smooth delivery with very good touch and anticipation as a passer. Has natural leadership traits and plays with his heart, willing his team to victory.
A smart and confident individual on and off the field. Plays like a veteran and executes ~ sells fakes well, doesn't force a lot and isn't afraid to throw it away. Does a nice job maneuvering in the pocket and is always a threat to run (1,375 rush yards and 25 rush scores in his career).
Very good starting experience as a four-year starter (45 career starts) with above average production ~ broke several of Brett Favre's school passing records including career pass yards (10,892), touchdown passes (83), completion percentage (61.1 percent) and total offense (12,267).
Negatives: Shorter than ideal and isn't physically imposing in any way. Limited arm strength with an unorthodox throwing motion; doesn't effectively use his body or footwork (almost like he's throwing darts). Inconsistent downfield passer and puts too much air under his throws ~ too many underthrows and streaky ball placement.
Tends to predetermine a lot of his passes and stare down targets. Wasn't asked to make a lot of defensive reads in Southern Miss' simple zone offense ~ inconsistent footwork in limited experience in his drops from under center. Suspect ball security as a runner."
-- Dane Brugler
However, his arm is limited, he gets lost once the pocket starts to close in on him and isn't real impressive spinning the football down the field.
He gets upright in the pocket in order to see over the line of scrimmage, doesn't generate much torque from his lower half and has a tough time making throws outside the numbers on a line and/or down the field. He's not real impressive generating torque on the move as well and balls too often tail on him when trying to create outside the pocket.
Impression: A guy like him is a dime a dozen in my mind and doesn't warrant more than free agent grade."
Weaknesses: Lacks the velocity on throws down the field and may struggle in the NFL throwing into tight windows. His accuracy greatly decreases on throws down the field. He will have to learn to take snaps from center as he worked primarily out of the shotgun in college. Davis isn’t likely to be much more than a career backup.
Bottom Line: Davis has a relatively low ceiling and isn’t likely to progress much from where he is currently. He will get drafted because of the upside he brings as an athlete and brings some versatility as a long term project."
He is a four-year starter who already has entered the record books as the most productive quarterback in Southern Miss history.
He is fairly athletic to move around the pocket with a quick, over-the-top release.
However, he barely gets by with limited arm strength, works heavily out of the gun, and his footwork will require considerable overhauling, as he too often throws without setting. Will have to contend for a job as a No. 3."
Reads the field well, makes quick decisions and has a quick, compact release; takes care of the football and had just 6 picks last season; character player has already graduated with a degree in business administration; missed 8 games in 2009 with a foot injury."
Negatives -- Has a weak arm by NFL standards, struggles when having to push the ball downfield and lacks zip on his deep outs... Very low ceiling due to his limited physical gifts, likely a career backup... Marginal accuracy, can hit the short throws but anything past fifteen yards is tough for him to hit on the money... Struggled in his bowl game to end his career, completing only 18 of 41 passes for 165 yards... Only played five full games as a redshirt sophomore due to a season-ending foot injury at UAB... A bit short to play quarterback in the NFL... Works primarily out of the shotgun and will have to learn how to work under center and take proper drop steps."