It is widely known that the 2015 free agency class leaves a lot to be desired. When Mark Sanchez, Jake Locker, and Matt Moore are the options it makes it tough to get excited. Not to mention, aside from Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, the 2015 draft class is just as week as the free agency class.
With free agency about to start on March 10th, and the legal tampering period to begin on Saturday the top free agents should find new homes rather quickly. However, while fans are forced to fawn over the likes of Sanchez and Locker as their teams new quarterbacks, but what about lesser known names like Austin Davis.
Even though Austin Davis is a restricted free agent, and the Rams can match any offer for him, the team probably isn’t going to break the bank to keep him.
Davis, now in his third year, started played nine games for the Rams in 2014, and put up decent numbers for a 25 year old getting his first taste in the NFL. With a somewhat shoddy offensive line, and less than appealing group of receivers Davis managed 2,001 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. To add to that he completed 63.4 percent of his passes.
The touchdown to interception ration isn’t great, but Davis only had three games where he threw more interceptions than touchdowns. One was in week one when he was forced to jump in for an injured Shaun Hill, and the other two were against great defenses in Arizona and San Francisco.
While the stats aren’t anything to write home about, but his 63.4 completion percentage is better than the likes of Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Joe Flacco, and Matthew Stafford. While his completion percentage is better than many higher profile starters his 7.05 yards per attempt was better than Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler, Cam Newton, and Nick Foles.
Davis isn’t the most physically imposing quarterback at 6’2, but his adequate 4.76 40 time proves he is capable of taking off when the time is right.
According to many scouting reports when Davis was coming out of college he was praised for his savviness, good accuracy and ball placement.
While he may be accurate scouts also noted that Davis is an inconsistent downfield passer, and puts too much air under the ball.
Despite what the scouting reports say from 2012, Davis proved in 2014 that he deserves to be a headliner in the free agency class of 2015. Though he is a restricted free agents, it seems the Rams are more comfortable with Shaun Hill at the helm rather than Davis, it doesn’t seem the Rams will fight to keep him.
Sure the likes of Mark Sanchez, Jake Locker, and Matt Moore are proven commodities, but you know what your getting with them, and do you really want that? Davis is still young with his best probably yet to come, and would be a worthwhile risk that could pay off in the long run.