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Where Does Locker Fit?

March 31st 2011 14:47
Jake Locker is one of my favorite draft prospects from a personal standpoint. He's a great kid that is the best leader in this class. He seems a little bit like Tim Tebow with his intangibles and athleticism. Locker has the same kind of work ethic, and it showed in his latest workout. Like Tebow, Locker has accuracy questions. However, those questions about his accuracy should be diminished to some extent because Locker's receivers were terrible in college. To add some wood to the fire, Locker's offensive line was also poor.

Jake Locker is worth a late first round or early second round pick. Locker would probably fit well with a team like the Redskins. If he drops to them in the second round, I could see Shanahan taking him. Locker has some similarities for former Broncos' quarterback Jake Plummer. Locker would be a fit in Shanahan's West Coast offense that is modified to fit in athletic skill position players (like Locker).

Locker is still raw, and he needs more time to develop his mechanics behind a decent veteran starter. Donovan McNabb fits that bill, and Locker would be an even better fit with the Skins if they retained McNabb and started him while grooming Locker. With another year of polishing, Locker can be at least an average starting quarterback. He's got the work ethic to do it and the physical tools. All he needs to do is change his mechanics to increase his accuracy.

Teams that want players with good physical tools would also be interested in locker. The Cardinals could snatch him up in the early second round (37). They are a team that has a need at quarterback. If they can't or won't get Gabbert, Locker could be a player that the Cards would be interested in.

My main pro-Locker argument is that we can't suddenly punish him after one more year of experience. Sure he had a down year, but there were no questions about his accuracy after his freshman year. Draft experts were prepared to say that he was worthy of the number one overall pick over stud draft prospect Sam Bradford. The tables can't suddenly turn on a draft prospect like that, and I think Locker is the guy. I would much rather have him than Cam Newton. It isn't even close.

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Comment by Rick Gillispie

March 31st 2011 16:58
I would like it if the Titans gave him a look. We need a QB

Comment by nbageek

April 1st 2011 00:07
Locker will be a good professional player. Whoever gets him will be getting someone who has the talent to be an elite quarterback for years to come. He can also be someone who is a flop. I hope being from the northwest he lands in a great situation and prospers as a nfl quarterback

Comment by Winless In Seattle

April 1st 2011 15:41
I still stand by my article ( and say, if anything, Locker has only helped himself since it was written.

Comment by Joe Soriano

April 2nd 2011 05:13
Thanks for dropping by Winless! You make some really good points. Locker has slipped way too far down draft boards, and I think it is plausible for him to actually go to the Skins in the first round. It would be a win-win for both sides.

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