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Dominique Davis: Former BC QB Lights Up Navy, Will His NFL Draft Stock Rise?

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 03:  Dominique Davis #4 of the East Carolina Pirates drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2011

After being suspended by Boston College for academic reasons in 2009, former Eagles' quarterback Dominique Davis transferred to East Carolina. Davis has been excellent since joining the Pirates last season and continues to help his NFL chances.

Davis decimated the Navy secondary on Saturday and broke a major college football record by completing 36 straight passes dating back to last week, surpassing former California and current Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

In 2010 Davis threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns, but he has been largely unable to replicate that success this season. Aside from the past two games, Davis has been very hit-and-miss this season with a touchdowns to interceptions ratio of 14:10.

Despite his problem with interceptions (he threw 16 last year), there is no denying that Davis has all the physical tools needed to be a successful quarterback.

Can Davis make it to the big time?

CBS Sports' NFLDraftScout.com lists Davis as the No. 9 overall quarterback entering the 2012 NFL Draft, so he stands a pretty good chance of being selected. It is nearly impossible to tell if he will be able to stick once he makes it, however.

The NFL Scouting Combine will probably have much to do with where Davis gets drafted in April, if he gets drafted at all.

Right or wrong, many talent evaluators tend to place more stock in a how a prospect looks at the combine than how he actually performed in games. There is no question that Davis has been incredibly good over the past couple weeks, but he has had some bad stretches too.

Ultimately, I don't think that his recent play will have much bearing on his draft status, especially since he plays in Conference USA and doesn't exactly face top-notch competition on a weekly basis.

While keeping up his high level of play for the remainder of the season certainly won't hurt his draft status, Davis should realize that the combine is where he will truly shine and prove his worth to NFL scouts.

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