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SMU QB Matt Davis enters 2017 NFL Draft

He seems like a long-shot to be drafted, but he could draw some interest.

We can now add another quarterback to the 2017 NFL Draft pool. Southern Methodist quarterback Matt Davis has entered the draft, according to his agent. Davis suffered a torn ACL last September, and there had been some thought he would seek a sixth year of eligibility.

Normally a player has to declare by early January, and subsequent players then become eligible for the supplemental draft. I believe he is eligible because he had used up his regular eligibility.

Davis has been all over the place throughout his college career. He signed with Texas A&M coming out of high school, but was stuck behind Johnny Manziel. Davis left to play at Tyler Junior College. In the spring of 2014, he got in touch with SMU, and enrolled there. As a sophomore, he completed 89 of 164 passes (54.3 percent) for 855 yards, with three touchdowns and five interceptions, while rushing for 613 yards and four touchdowns. As a junior, he completed 182 of 336 passes (54.2 percent) for 2,259 yards, with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while rushing for 761 yards and ten touchdowns. This past year, he tore his ACL after 17 pass attempts in the first game of the season.

It seems unlikely he is drafted, but in an otherwise fairly underwhelming QB class, maybe he gets a look or two during workouts. He is going to take part in SMU’s Pro Day on April 4. After that, teams can invite him in for a visit and workout. Given his limited experience, I could actually see him getting a decent amount of private visits just to get a better handle on him. Teams get up to 30 such visits, so there is potentially room for a flyer type candidate.