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Jacob Coker | Quarterback

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/4/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 236

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Cardinals signed Alabama QB Jake Coker.
Coker (6'6/244) rode the bench behind E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston at Florida State before transferring to Alabama, where he went 14-0 as a one-year starter for the national champs. As a senior, Coker completed 66.9% of his throws for 3,110 yards (7.91 YPA) and a 21:8 TD-to-INT ratio. Coker offers NFL size and a "winner" track record, but he is a Mettenbergerian pocket sloth with shaky arm strength and accuracy, and a tendency to wilt and take sacks under pressure. Coker's upside is a long-term clipboard holder. May 1 - 12:24 PM

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Pro Football Focus analyst John Breitenbach indicated that Alabama QB Jacob Coker has multiple issues with his decision-making and pocket presence.

Cover your ears, Coker family, as this might get ugly. "He makes too many poor decisions, is inconsistent with his accuracy and looks a little tentative in the pocket" Breitenbach wrote, adding, "Coker took a number of sacks by holding the ball too long in 2015 and appeared a little gun-shy at times, preferring to go down rather than find a receiver down field." The analyst wouldn't even toss the 6-foot-5, 236-pounder a token "game manager" label, noting that he sometimes made mistakes even in management. While Breitenbach categorizes Coker as an UDFA, other analysts continue to hold out hope. In early March, CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang relayed that some sections of the scouting universe remained intrigued by a "raw upside" factor. Of course, if Coker had played for say, Boise State, it is doubtful that he would be drawing much attention. One of the perks of playing for Alabama.
Mar 26 - 2:37 PM

Rookie Scouting Portfolio's David Igono indicated that he sees similarities between the games of Alabama QB Jacob Coker and Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.

"Although Coker’s stock may not be as high as Cousins' was leading up to the draft, I see parallels that leave me mostly positive on what Jake Coker can develop into," Igono wrote. He went on to note that the 6-foot-5, 230-pound gunslinger does have to improve his footwork and consistency, adding that "while he very well may be the ugly duckling of this quarterback draft class, has demonstrated that he can take the next step of his development [after a strong finish to the 2015 campaign] and become a solid quarterback." He speculates that Coker would be well served to learn behind Ben Roethlisberger or Joe Flacco--two veteran quarterbacks with winning pedigrees.
Mar 11 - 6:27 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang noted that "[s]ome in the scouting community remain very intrigued with raw upside of [Alabama QB Jacob] Coker."

Coker didn't receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but he'll look to prove himself a draft-able commodity come Alabama's pro day on Wednesday. Rang believes that "his positional workout will be well attended." All respect to the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder for his work not screwing up Alabama's title run, but outside of a few clear NFL-caliber throws in 2015, we're not sold on him. This is a deep class of lower-tier quarterbacks, too, many of whom showed either more polish (Arkansas' QB Brandon Allen), more raw athletic upside (Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott) or more mystical intrigue (Oregon QB Vernon Adams) than Coker. As Chase Goodbread rightly notes, Coker's "slow delivery and slow field reads" should be considered legitimate concerns--particularly given that the quarterback played with so, so much mouth-watering talent and still failed to really spark.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 8 - 4:46 PM

ESPN's David Ching indicated that he was surprised that Alabama QB Jacob Coker was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Even if he would initially be a project at the next level," Ching wrote, "it’s surprising that he won’t get a closer look at the combine." Color us considerably less surprised. Ching readily points out several of the obvious flaws in the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, noting that he is "raw and inexperienced" before adding "[m]aybe he’s [also] a bit too slow to scan the field and his delivery is too long." Yes to all of that. Coker did end up with nice numbers over the course of the SEC Championship Game and subsequent Playoff (throwing for 825 yards with a 6/0 TD/INT ratio in that space), but he's a likely Day 3 selection (if that) due to his general lack of upside.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 16 - 10:39 PM

Alabama QB Jacob Coker was not invited to the NFL Combine.

"A national championship doesn't punch a combine ticket; that's the lesson learned for the Crimson Tide quarterback who will instead prepare for UA's heavily scouted pro day," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "With all the size and arm strength NFL clubs look for, the scouting concerns on Coker surround his relative lack of college experience, a slow delivery and slow field reads." We've never been fans of Coker's work. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder failed to get onto the field throughout his career until finally breaking through in 2015. He was so limited that the Tide turned absurdly conservative through the air despite boasting a series of former elite recruits on the perimeter.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 10:39 PM

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. indicated that with his work in the CFB Playoff, Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker improved his stock from a "priority free agent" to a "late-rounder" for this spring's NFL Draft.

"The way that Coker went about his business after he got the job back, the way he finished off when everybody thought he’d be a liability; he became a plus for them," Kiper said. In Alabama's two-game run to the National Championship, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder threw for a total of 621 yards with a 4/0 TD/INT ratio in helping to topple Michigan State and Clemson. Said Kiper, "He made some great throws when he had to." Coker's regular season numbers, less impressive. Not counting his Playoff work, he threw for 2,489 yards with a 17/8 TD/INT ratio.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 16 - 1:44 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker completed 16-of-25 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 45-40 win over Clemson in the CFP National Championship Game.

Where was this Jacob Coker all season? While he missed on a number of throws, he also turned in an interception-free effort, while averaging a sharp 13.4 YPA. Granted, it's easy to average such a high mark when the opponent's literally letting your tight end run wide open down the field, but that's a story for another day. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior had failed to surpass 250 yards passing in all but one game entering the Playoff, then threw for a combined 621 yards with a 4/0 TD/INT ratio in Alabama's wins over Michigan State and Clemson. The outward numbers in these last two games are swell, but it should be noted that he averaged fewer than 7.0 YPA for the season as a whole. The Tide coaching staff made a conscious effort to limit Coker's exposure throughout the season for a reason. NFL teams looking for an elite arm in the draft should turn their sights elsewhere--two good games does not a good QB make--but it's still a nice close to his senior season.
Jan 12 - 1:07 AM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker's escapability was what impressed him most in the Cotton Bowl.

Wrote Jeremiah, "[Coker] avoided several free rushers throughout the night. A lot of people were surprised when he was given an invitation to the Senior Bowl, but he proved in the Cotton Bowl that he deserves to be evaluated in that setting." In the Tide's 38-0 dismantling of Michigan State on New Year's Eve, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior completed 25-of-30 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns while showing that he could succeed even when Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry's being relatively limited (Henry rushed for 75 yards in the contest). Jeremiah also noted that Coker was "very patient and accurate" on underneath routes early, before OC Lane Kiffin slowly opened the game up.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 3 - 8:38 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker completed 25-of-30 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 38-0 demolition of Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Rare is the day when Coker receives top billing over Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, but Thursday's that day. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior played an almost perfect game as the Tide rolled to an easy win and a date with Clemson in the national championship game on January 11. He threw both of his touchdown passes in the third quarter, both to freshman wideout Calvin Ridley. Coker's 286 yards passing were the most he's racked up in a game this season.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 11:50:00 PM

Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage believes Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker is "more of a third-day choice.

"Somewhere between the fourth and seventh round," he told WNSP-FM 105.5. "I think he is more of a developmental candidate because he's only got one year of starting experience under his belt, but I do think he has the physical traits people are interested to see." The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Coker has thrown for 2,489 yards, 17 scores and eight interceptions, while leading the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoffs. Coker will also get a chance to improve on his draft stock, as he will attend the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
Source: Al.com
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 02:47:00 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker completed 18-of-26 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 29-15 SEC Championship-clinching win over Florida.

Given how heavily the Crimson Tide lean on RB Derrick Henry, Coker's numbers rarely approach anything resembling remarkable, but he showed off nice touch and arm strength on several throws in downing the Gators. His second touchdown pass was an absolute bullet drilled in to Richard Mullaney from nine yards out in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior's turned in three consecutive interception-free contests.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 08:18:00 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker completed 17-of-26 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 29-13 win over Auburn.

Coker's day mostly consisted of handing the ball off to Derrick Henry 46 times, but when he was actually tasked with doing work through the air, he turned in an interception-free afternoon. His lone touchdown pass came on a 34-yard scoring strike to ArDarius Stewart with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter. For the season, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior's thrown for 2,285 yards with a 15/8 TD/INT ratio across 12 contests completed.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 10:02:00 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker completed 11-of-13 passes for 155 yards and two scores in Saturday's 56-6 win over Charleston Southern.

Coker effortlessly carved up Charleston Southern, a strong subdivision opponent, if there is such a thing (9-1 entering the game). The Crimson Tide close out the regular season by traveling to Auburn next week.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 07:53:00 PM

Alabama senior QB Jacob Coker completed 18-of-24 passes for 184 yards in Saturday's 30-16 win over LSU.

No touchdown passes for Coker, but no interceptions either. HC Nick Saban will certainly take that with the way RB Derrick Henry's rolling these days. Overall, Coker's thrown for 1,807 yards with an 11/7 TD/INT ratio. He's done a serviceable job at the helm of the Crimson Tide offense, but the passing game is too conservative to make him a reliable DFS option.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 10:05:00 PM