Is a gifted athlete who looks comfortable on the move, can buy time for himself and create outside the pocket, but at times needs to learn to just throw the football away. Has a tendency to try to do too much and will get himself into some trouble with some negative plays. His accuracy seems to run hot and cold. When he sets his feet and keeps a solid base under him, the guy can consistently make all the throws. But too often, he gets caught throwing across his body, overextending in the pocket and/or falling off of throws. Nevertheless, he’s a tough, gritty quarterback who his teammates really seem to rally around and has proven he can bounce back after facing a ton of adversity during his first two years on campus.
Impression: The athletic ability, the arm strength and the intangibles are all there, and the upside his game possesses is tremendous. However, I still would like to see him become a more polished product before feeling comfortable taking him with a top-ten pick."
Pros: With Locker’s combination of arm strength and athletic ability, many believed he would have challenged Sam Bradford as the number one overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft had the Husky declared. The Washington native has the type of zip on his passes necessary to fit the ball in tight spots, as well as make all the throws required in the NFL. Locker also has the ability to create a throwing window in any situation, easily manipulating his release point to ensure the ball will not be batted down. When he gets the time to set his feet within the pocket and play with proper footwork the Pac-10 product has little trouble hitting receivers in stride with compact, perfect spirals. His running ability makes Locker the top dual-threat signal caller in the nation—he has already set the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,554, including a Pac-10 record 987 in his freshman season. His size allows him to be more physical than your typical scrambler, with the burst to break off a long run as well. Locker is also blessed with great instincts and tends to perform best when the lights are brightest. Whether against top-notch competition or in situations requiring steely play, Locker comes through and seems to enjoy the moment. His natural ability allows him to make difficult plays look easy and single-handedly keep his team in games or drive them down the field in clutch situations. Locker has a passion for the game and has displayed top-notch leadership skills as well.
Cons: As Locker enters his senior season he will have to answer questions regarding his durability; the injuries he sustained during his freshman (neck injury) and sophomore seasons (broken thumb) cannot be overlooked. Nevertheless, proving he is durable isn’t why Locker returned to Washington. The signal caller passed up NFL riches (for a year) to become more accurate and consistent as a quarterback. If that doesn’t happen, questions will begin to arise as to whether he will truly convert from a raw talent into a polished passer. While Locker has the rare ability to make the impossible look easy, he also has a maddening tendency to make the easy look impossible; too often he misses open targets with no pressure around him. If Locker is to solidify himself as a potential number one pick in 2011, he has to start making the easy plays. Locker also has to become more advanced at going through his progressions before deciding to bolt out of the pocket or tuck the ball and scramble. He needs to stop feeling phantom pressure and bailing out of the pocket; not every play is designed to be a bootleg. It’s not a major issue, but it should be noted that Locker was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 10th Round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft and signed to a six-year, $250,000 contract. We don’t question Locker’s commitment but NFL teams will take a closer look.
Our View: Since his red-shirt freshman season when he become the 19th player in NCAA history to throw for more than 300 yards and run for over 100 yards in the same game, Locker has flashed elite potential. Entering his senior season at Washington, Locker is considered by most as the favorite to be the number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Contrary to popular belief Locker made the right decision to go back to Washington for another year of tutelage under Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian. It was a decision that comes with risk, but Locker will be better for it long-term. Prior to his junior season Locker was either hurt and off the field or a tease on it. Now that he has begun to put it together on the field in a pro-style offense, Locker’s inherent talent has NFL evaluators all atwitter. However, he was not ready for the big stage after just one good year; he still has consistency and accuracy issues that would be better adjusted with experience on the field as a senior than as an NFL rookie on the bench. Locker has the skills to become a dominant NFL quarterback, but his preseason draft status is contingent upon his remaining healthy and making strides as a passer—he still needs to improve on his throwing mechanics and reading defenses more intuitively. It would be nice to see Locker complete over 60 percent of his passes during his senior season. The career 53 percent passer hasn’t yet reached that mark over the course of a college season. If Locker can do that and remain healthy he should be in the running to be the top pick and a lock for the top five."
Arm strength: One of Locker's more intriguing traits is his arm strength. His arm will be one of the strongest in the 2011 draft and compares favorably to the strongest in the NFL. While arm strength isn't necessarily the most important trait in a quarterback, it's certainly something nice to have in the arsenal.
Athleticism/mobility: Possesses as much athleticism and mobility as someone could want in a starting quarterback. A high school baseball star, Locker clearly has athletic chops. His feet are quick and he's agile enough to elude defenders. Reportedly runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, which is probably an exaggeration.
Decision making: In the past, Locker's athleticism has been a detriment to his decision making. He would too quickly pull the ball down and run instead of reading his progressions. He still tends to carry that issue and gets too antsy in the pocket. This forces the line to hold their blocks longer, which leads to more pressure.
Field vision: This is the other area where Locker needs to show improvement as a senior. He is generally a one-read and throw quarterback. Against teams that can disguise coverage, Locker has issues. He needs to do a better job of working through his reads. Early in his career, Locker often had to go to his No. 1 option because the skill position at Washington were lacking. That's the case no more, so if Locker's field vision doesn't improve this year, his ranking will suffer.
Mechanics: Locker's mechanics make him just as good or better than any draft-eligible quarterback in college, especially his release. Locker tends to hold the ball low on his chest as he drops back. You'd like to see him hold it a little higher, but Locker's next move is lightning quick. He cranks the ball back in an instant and fires it right over his ear. He doesn't windup at any point and doesn't waste a motion. As is the case with most college quarterback, Locker has spent most of his time in the shotgun. As he plays under center more, he'll get more comfortable reading defenses as he drops back.
Pocket awareness/poise: As mentioned in the decision making category, Locker has a tendency to move around a lot in the pocket. Needs to show as a senior that he can set his feet, plant and throw. When he shuffles his feet, Locker's accuracy drops considerably. Appears to feel the blitz fine. Has the strength throughout his frame to handle hits.
Final word: Quarterbacks as athletic and strong-armed as Locker don't come around often. In his first year in head coach Steve Sarkisian's pro-style offense, Locker improved as a pocket passer. Add his incredible ability and speed and you have a front-line football player. He showed better pocket presence in 2009 but still needs to improve in that area. He can be very good in the play action game and can throw effortlessly on the move.
Locker seems to finally be realizing his upside after being slowed by injuries as a sophomore. It's scary, but we likely haven't seen the best of Locker yet. If he can improve some on his touch, Locker has the look of a No. 1 overall pick.
Locker was a two-sport star in high school and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 10th round of the MLB Draft. . Locker has had several injuries, including a broken thumb, a neck issue, a hamstring that slowed him as a sophomore and currently has an injured hand.
When you look at Locker as a whole, he smacks of a boom or bust prospect. His deficiencies – accuracy, field vision and pocket presence – are the same as quarterbacks who often bust. But it's impossible to ignore his athleticism, arm strength, toughness and potential to improve more under Sarkisian."
"Prior to the 2009 season, Jake Locker was touted by many as a "poor man's Tim Tebow" for his ability to break tackles and leadership ability. Somewhere between that time and March, 2010, Locker's draft stock sky rocketed, sending him to the top of almost everyone's rankings. There were expectations that if Locker would have declared last year, he would have gone ahead of eventual number one pick Sam Bradford. After declaring that he would return for his senior season at Washington, Locker was essentially penciled in by all draft experts as the number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Heading into the season I constantly heard the term "young John Elway" being thrown about describing Locker and his style of play. Only a month into the season, not only is Locker no longer the number one quarterback by most standards, many think he's not even a top ten talent. We'll take you through what has happened over the past year and explain why his stock has seen such drastic changes.
Locker became a household name after his freshman season when he threw for over 2,000 yards, was just shy of 1,000 rushing yards and accounted for 27 total touchdowns. Expectations were high during his sophomore year, but his season was cut short due to an injury sustained during a week five matchup against Stanford. Heading into his junior season, Locker was known more for his running ability than his passing ability. In his first two years combined, he had completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes and had thrown 15 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. However, he took a huge step forward during his junior year under the tutelage of coach Steve Sarkisian, who is known for being an excellent quarterback coach. Locker all of a sudden became a more natural passer due to improved mechanics and improved decision making. Last year he threw for 2800 yards, 21 TD, and only 11 INT while completing 58 percent of his passes. Although not spectacular numbers, it was a large improvement and scouting is based much more on the ability that you display than the video game numbers that some quarterbacks have at the end of the season. His rapid development along with his strong intangibles had teams salivating over his NFL potential. It's also worth noting that Locker's best performance of the year came on Washington's last game of the 2009 season when he put up 325 yards of offense, five touchdowns and zero turnovers against a good California team. This left a good impression in the back of everyone's minds and he was the recipient of a ton of post-season praise for his combination of arm strength, mobility, and leadership ability which led to him to a number one preseason quarterback rating by almost every reputable draft source.
The fall of Jake Locker can be as much attributed to the great play of Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallett as Locker's actual performance thus far. Once the obvious choice for the number one quarterback slot; Locker suddenly had two quarterbacks nipping at his heels. Andrew Luck has become the new favorite at the quarterback position while Mallett and Locker are now battling behind him. While Locker hasn't put up bad numbers this season, his week three matchup against Nebraska was an eye-opener. Locker was able to put up big numbers during the first two weeks against defenses that are average at best; the matchup against Nebraska would prove to be his first big test of the season. Against Nebraska, Locker looked inaccurate and indecisive as he only completed four of 20 passes for 71 yards, one TD and two INT. This performance gained massive media attention and brought his flaws into the light. A quarterback's draft stock should not be based on his stat line for one game. However, it has been clear this season that Locker is far behind Andrew Luck as an NFL prospect. Locker grades out to me as a mid-to-late first round selection and a solid starter in the NFL. While that isn't a bad grade, it is a far cry from "the next John Elway" and being the predetermined number one pick in the draft. He is going to have to continue to perform at a high level all year if he doesn't want to fall out of the first round because there are many quarterbacks that have outperformed him so far this season."
Locker is a good athlete who can make pass rushers miss due to his quick feet and decent pocket presence. He can make the short and intermediate passes with ease, but does not have great arm strength. Locker certainly has benefited from returning to school and spending more time in a traditional offense.
He could have gone pro early and been drafted in the first round last year, so NFL teams should know that his extra year in college can only be a good thing. Locker may have to battle it out with Andrew Luck for the top quarterback spot in the draft…if Luck goes pro early. Where Locker will surpass Luck is during the workouts, but that may not be enough to be the top quarterback in this class, but Locker will likely be a top ten selection."
I see more of a resemblance to Donovan McNabb — a highly driven competitor who still will need some time to settle as a pocket passer but who always can create with his feet, is dangerous in the red zone and would excel in an offense featuring heavy play-action and rollouts where he could operate heavily on the move and outside the pocket. Locker wills his way to victory, as he has done against USC on the final drive the past two seasons. He has gotten better every year and is loaded with upside. He will be a very early pick."
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