Jake Coker ran through perhaps the most important workout of his career Wednesday afternoon, throwing 50 passes in front of representatives from every NFL team at Alabama’s Pro Day.
The opportunity was especially important because he was not invited to last month’s NFL Scouting Combine.
“I don’t even want to get started on that,” Coker said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s all good, man. Obviously, it pissed me off. But hey, it didn’t change my work ethic or the way I’ve been working. It is what it is.”
Coach Nick Saban also addressed the snub.
“Because the NFL wants to see guys that they don’t know much about, guys like Jake Coker don’t get to go to the combine. I think that’s very, very unfortunate,” Saban said earlier in the day. “He’s got a great arm and can make all of the throws, and for his size, he’s very athletic, and I think a lot of people are going to like that.”
Coker has been working with David Morris of QB Country on his footwork and throwing motion. Projected as a late-round pick or undrafted free agent, he’s already met with several teams about his prospects.
Wednesday, his scripted workout got off to a rough start, as two of his first three throws were dropped. The quarterback did not appear happy with his overall afternoon.
“I missed some throws I should’ve hit,” Coker said. “It is what it is.”
Moving forward, he’s focused on the message NFL teams have been giving him.
“Keep working and we’ll see what happens,” Coker said. “That’s what I plan on doing.”