HOUSTON - DECEMBER 03: Quarterback Austin Davis #12 of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles looks for room to run against the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The baseball draft is nothing like the NFL Draft. Nothing at all. There was a little synergy on Wednesday when St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis was picked by the Boston Red Sox with the 961st overall pick, round 31.
St. Louis signed Davis as an undrafted free agent this year. He played at Southern Mississippi State, where he had some hands on mentoring from Brett Favre. Besides slinging a football down the field, Davis is not a bad right-handed pitcher.
I suspect Davis will take his chances in the NFL, but then again, I don't know. I haven't read the scouting report on his baseball acumen. He has a real chance to be the third quarterback in St. Louis, though his upside is fairly limited according to this scouting report from SI.com.
Davis actually came to Southern Miss as a baseball player, one of the top prep players in the state. He walked onto the football team. Davis has a cousin and a brother who do play professional baseball.