Jacob Coker QB Alabama #14
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Strengths: Impressive size and clearly looks the part. Elite arm strength. Not a threat to consistently take off running but he shows decent footwork in the pocket and will occasionally pick up a first down with his feet.
Weaknesses: Might trust his arm a little too much. Tries to squeeze the ball into tight spaces. Gets happy feet when he hears footsteps in the pocket (not at all uncommon for inexperienced quarterbacks, though). Suffered a torn meniscus (knee) in November, 2013, knocking him out of the season while at Florida State.
Overview: Coker’s placement on the preseason rankings is somewhat of a guess based on limited snaps he took at Florida State, but he clearly made an impression on the coaching staff during his two years with the program and he joins Alabama with lofty expectations. He looks like a prototypical pocket passer and his blessed with rare arm strength. We’ll just have to wait and see how the decision making and accuracy hold up over an extended period of time as he takes over the starting job at Alabama.