When former Ball State University quarterback Nate Davis entered the 2009 NFL Draft a lot of Colts fans thought there was little chance he would make his way to Indianapolis for two primary reasons. The first was that Davis was projected to go as early as the second or third rounds. The second was that Davis was known for an outstanding arm and incredible accuracy but not for his intellect. When he slipped to the fifth round, some fans were a bit disappointed to see him go to the 49ers — hoping he would fall further.
Just two years later, Davis finds himself ready to sign with the Colts to learn under one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time – Peyton Manning. In many fans eyes Davis promises to give Indianapolis a backup with the physical potential to help the team remain competitive should Manning be forced to miss any time — a legitimate backup. Even if he doesn’t bring such potential, the fan base has been so frustrated by Curtis Painter in his brief chances to contribute that they would rather see Davis and his rifle arm used in the preseason to throw to Indy’s receivers.
No matter how it turns out, it seems that Davis has ended up where many thought made the most sense in 2009. Whether the advocates or critics are right in their opinion of Davis will be learned over the next two months.
UPDATE: Adam Schefter reports that the deal is for two years.