Much of the college football community raised its eyebrows last week when Senior Bowl director Phil Savage selected Alabama quarterback Jake Coker to partake in the January festivities.
Still, there are people in high places who think it was the right call.
“Phil is going to take a lot of heat for choosing Coker as a homer pick for a Senior Bowl spot at quarterback, but he’s going to get drafted,” an anonymous NFL scout told NFL.com.
The 6-foot-4 senior has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 2,489 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions this year.
“He has size and a pro arm,” the scout said. “I think he can be a better pro than college quarterback.”
Coker is one of six Crimson Tide players scheduled to appear in Mobile. Running back Kenyan Drake, center Ryan Kelly, defensive lineman Jarran Reed, linebacker Reggie Ragland and cornerback Cyrus Jones will also be in attendance.