TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Former Alabama quarterback Jake Coker has signed a free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
As a senior, Coker completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,110 yards and 21 touchdowns to eight interceptions en route to helping the Crimson Tide to its fourth national championship in seven seasons.
Thanks to everybody for all the support, I really appreciate it. Can't wait to chase another dream in Arizona!
— Jake Coker (@RealJakeCoker) May 1, 2016
Coker wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, but he used the Senior Bowl and two pro days to show scouts why he should be drafted in the NFL.
“I think Jake has got a lot of upside,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of Coker during Alabama’s pro day. “Jake only has one year when he really played and was ‘The Man.’ I think one reason Jake didn’t get invited to the combine wasn’t because of Jake. I think it is because there were 97 juniors who came out. I think that’s an issue and a problem we need to address with the NFL because it’s unfair to some of the seniors because all those guys (juniors) get invited and some of them are not ranked as high as some of the seniors who they know more about. But I think Jake is going to do just fine. I think he’s going to need to continue to develop. He’s got a great arm and can make all the throws. For his size, he is very athletic, and I think a lot of people are going to like that.”