Jacob Coker showing NFL potential?

Jacob Coker is currently competing with redshirt freshman David Cornwell and others for the Alabama starting quarterback’s job, but that hasn’t stopped him from gaining some NFL draft buzz before the season has even begun.

Chad Reuter of NFL.com even stated that if Coker did indeed win the starting job, he could potentially be a late-round pick or even higher.

“Yes, I know Coker (6-5, 232) hasn’t won the starting job for the Crimson Tide as of this writing. His lack of experience (just 17 games played for Florida State and Alabama in three years, no starts) will be a strike against him in some scouts’ eyes. But even in the limited time he’s had on the field as a backup, Coker has shown mobility and arm strength to be a solid NFL backup/spot starter in the T.J. Yates mold,” he wrote.

“If he has a solid season as a starter for Nick Saban this year, Coker should land at least a fifth-round draft slot (Yates was a fifth-rounder); he could go much higher if he lights up the scoreboard this season.”

That isn’t exactly the highest of compliments, but it is a testament to Coker’s reputation as a hard worker.

Sure, he has only played in 17 games across three years, but has completed 59 of 100 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns over that stretch. If he wins the starting job and performs well in head coach Nick Saban’s system, all the better.

That said, though Coker is far from a lock to be the Tide’s starter this season, Reuter’s assessment is sure to turn some heads and just might force Saban’s hand as to who his team’s starter is in 2015.

Alabama opens the season against Wisconsin at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium on September 5.

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