After redshirting in 2007, he came off the bench in 2008 and started the final three games due to an injury to starter Chris Crane, going 63-of-138 (45.7 percent) for 741 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions, adding 48 rushing yards and a pair of scores on the ground.
Before the 2009 season, Davis was suspended due to academic reasons and decided to transfer, enrolling at Fort Scott Community College. In 2009 as a sophomore, he led the Greyhounds to a No. 2 National Ranking with 20 touchdowns (8 passing/12 rushing), losing to Cam Newton and Blinn College in the NJCAA Football Championship Game.
Davis transferred to East Carolina and earned the starting job in 2010 as a junior and enjoyed his best overall season, finishing 393-of-609 (64.5 percent) for 3,967 yards, 37 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, adding 141 rush yards and nine rushing scores, earning CUSA Newcomer of the Year and All-CUSA Honorable Mention honors. He returned in 2011 as a senior and started all 12 games, but failed to match his 2010 production, going 334-of-494 (67.6 percent) for 3,225 yards, 25 touchdowns, 19 interceptions, adding 172 rushing yards and five more scores on the ground.
Davis, who is the younger brother of NFL tight end Desmond Clark, was highly productive in his two seasons at East Carolina, but he struggled to show steady progression with his accuracy and overall decision making ~ all of his production was in a spread offense with easy reads. He is a good athlete with ability to make plays with his legs, but he lacks the functional strength to break tackles or withstand a constant beating.
Davis has enough arm strength to get looks as a developmental quarterback at the next level, but his struggles with mechanics, ball placement, decision making and poise limits his pro potential. A late round/priority free agent prospect who will be a candidate to work out at another position in pre-draft drills.
Positives: Tall athlete with the speed and foot quickness to pick up yards on the ground. Ran a lot of designed quarterback runs and showed the athleticism to be considered a legitimate dual-threat option. Good arm strength and can really drive the ball when he steps into his throws and follows through.
Average accuracy but put together an impressive career completion percentage at ECU (65.9 percent). Also set the NCAA record for consecutive completions in one game with 26 (previously held by Tee Martin) and over a two-game span with 36 (previously held by Aaron Rodgers). Shows toughness and leadership on the field.
Negatives: Sloppy mechanics as a passer with inconsistent footwork in the pocket. Possesses a low, wind-up throwing motion with a hitch in his delivery. Forces a lot of throws and struggles with his decision making ~ highly questionable vision and overall judgment throwing the ball. Lacks poise in the pocket and abandons his reads too quickly.
Ball placement is very erratic and inconsistent. Very lean frame with little bulk or muscle definition to hold up as a runner at the next level. Struggles to take care of the ball, throwing 35 interceptions the past two seasons; takes too many chances.
Left Boston College because of academic issues and there are some questions about his ability to digest a pro-caliber playbook.
NFL Comparison: Jarrett Brown, free agent."
-- Dane Brugler
He's an above-average athlete at the position, does a nice job maintaining his balance as he moves his way through traffic in the pocket, does a nice job keeping his eyes down the field and is quick to escape pressure.
He lacks great burst/straight-line speed when asked to run away from defenders, but is athletic enough to throw on the move and pick up first downs with his legs when flushed.
He stands upright in the pocket, doesn't do a great job generating much torque from his lower half when delivering the football and doesn't really transfer his weight well off his back foot.
Davis possesses a very average arm that doesn't stand out in any area of the game, but he's at his best on the move when he can create some torque from his waist. Overall, he struggles to really spin the football down the field, as passes tend to hang on him and he really lacks much of an arm on bucket throws.
He too often gives defenders a chance to run under his throw vertically, as passes hang on him because he doesn't have the arm strength to cleanly get the football to receivers. there. He exhibits solid accuracy when he sees a throw initially, but he isn't a great decision maker.
He has a tendency to trust his very average arm too often and will try to force the ball into pressure. When his initial read isn't on the route, he seems to speed up and isn't real quick to find secondary options and decipher pressure.
He doesn't exhibit a real quick release either; because of his lacking lower body mechanics, he has to wind up a bit to create velocity and wastes some motion because of it. He lacks an ideal mental clock in the pocket as well, doesn't know when to get rid of the football and subjects his offense to a fair share of negative plays.
Impression: A decent athlete with a very average arm. He at best looks like an athlete free agent only."
Weaknesses: Davis lacks the arm strength to fit balls into tight spots and doesn’t throw with the necessary velocity to throw the deep out in tight coverage in the NFL. His deep ball has a tendency to float and tries to fit balls into tight windows. His decision-making is questionable at times and struggled in big games throughout his career at ECU. His mechanics and footwork need improvement to play in the NFL. He regresses from a mechanics standpoint under pressure which leads to mistakes with the ball.
Bottom Line: Davis will need a lot of work to be successful in the NFL. He is not likely to be much more than a career backup but could be worth a look late in the draft.
Draft Projection: Davis should be drafted but I can’t see him going before the mid-sixth round."
Operates out of the shotgun in a wide-open spread system and is unrefined mechanically — tends to throw off his back foot with a funky, chuck-like delivery — holds it low, winds and does not consistently step into his throws.
Needs to show more poise and patience in the pocket instead of darting at the first flash of coverage to function at the pro level."
Has a quick release and throws well on the move; has adequate but not elite arm strength and accuracy falls off the farther downfield the receiver; solidly built QB with a thick lower body; also a good athlete who can move and escape trouble in the pocket, although he doesn’t run much by design; brother of Bears’ TE Desmond Clark."
Has a quick throwing motion that compensates a bit for his lack of arm strength... Above-average athlete who can maneuver outside the pocket and throw while on the run... Has shown the ability to pick up the first down with his feet... Has NFL bloodlines, his brother is former Bears tight end Desmond Clark.
Negatives -- Sub-par arm strength, doesn't get much velocity on his throws... Will struggle with his deep outs and anything down the field... Seems to float some of his deep passes, just doesn't the arm to chuck the ball down field... Overall production fell off as a senior as his yards and touchdowns decreased and his interceptions increased...
Struggled in big games, threw for a combined two touchdowns and six interceptions against North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Houston this year... Mechanics will fall apart when he's under pressure, footwork gets sloppy and doesn't set his feet... Terrible decision maker who will force throws and doesn't seem to understand that his arm isn't a howitzer...
A bit on the thin side, looks frail and could get crushed by NFL defenders... Played in a spread offense which definitely helped pad his stats a bit... East Carolina's offense relies on receivers to get a lot of yards after the catch, most of his throws weren't for more than ten yards down the field...
Throws a lot of check down passes and screens which aided in his high completion percentage."