Former Alabama quarterback Jake Coker is easily one of the toughest at the position in the NFL Draft this year. If you didn’t think so, just look at the way he played throughout the 2015 season, not being afraid to go head up with some of the toughest defensive players in the country.
Coker, despite not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, is still trying to prove to NFL teams that he can be a player in the league. At his pro day last week, he admitted that he had played the entire 2015 with a broken toe.
“I broke my big right toe in August, and I had two big screws put in it right after I broke it,” Coker told AL.com’s Mark Heim. “Finally, I got them out on Friday. I’m dealing with that right now. I’m headed out to go work out with (QB Country’s) David Morris right now, so it’s not slowing me down too much.”
This shows off just how tough Coker, who capped off his week with surgery on that toe, is and proves that he could be a big-time starter when it comes to the NFL. If you don’t think he is able to play through the pain, just look at his number from last year.
Jake Coker completed nearly 67-percent of his passes, threw for 3,110 yards and 21 touchdowns against just eight interceptions, and led the Crimson Tide to a 14-1 record and their fourth national championship in the last seven years.
“It shows that he’s tough,” said QB Country’s David Morris. “That’s his plant foot. The big toe is the most important toe or region of your foot as silly as it sounds. You change momentum with it. It shows how tough he is. It shows how bad he wanted to play.”
Coker may not be considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in April’s Draft, but he is certainly the toughest.
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