The Seahawks will sign former Ball State QB Nate Davis to their “futures” 2011 active squad according to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet SF. Most recently, Davis was a favorite of 49ers fans who looked at him as the answer to Alex Smith’s stinkdom. That never panned out around the Bay, but who knows what will happen in Seattle.
[In an article written last July, Maiocco spoke to Dave Razzano, a former scout for the 49ers, Rams, and Cardinals. The bulk of the article is about Alex Smith (Razzano was fired from the Rams for rating Smith as a “non-starting” caliber draft prospect — turns out he was ever so slightly right about that), but Razzano also lavishes praise on Nate Davis:
“When I evaluated him, I thought he was the same guy as Mark Sanchez,” Razzano said. “I thought they were very similar. But you have to put a guy on the field and let him play. There’s a reason Ball State was, like, 12-1 or 13-1 for the first time ever. And now they’re back to winning two games. That guy was a heck of a quarterback.
“They might say, ‘He doesn’t learn this or that.’ If they just handed him the keys, that’s their answer. He’ll make mistakes, but he won’t make the same mistake twice. This kid made every throw imaginable. It wasn’t a short-passing game (at Ball State). There would be guys in his face and he’d roll out, man, he hit guys on a 30-yard freakin’ strike between defenders. The kid was unbelievable. I knew he’d fall (in the draft) because in the spring all that garbage comes in.”
If Razzano’s evaluation is reliable, then Seattle may very well have just found themselves a legitimate franchise QB prospect to compete with Whitehurst to be Hasselbeck’s heir apparent. –Ed.]