Some say that University of Washington quarterback Jack Locker would have been a top ten pick if he had come out last year. Others say there’s no way he would have gone in the first half of the draft.
After a lackluster 2010 season, nobody knows when Locker is going to be drafted this time around and that’s probably why the Eagles worked him out yesterday. He could go in the first or the second round. Some scouts are very high on him, while others think he’s a major risk because of his inability to make the decisions and throws from the pocket.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Eagles worked out Locker yesterday. I think that it’s very unlikely that the Birds will draft him, especially if he goes in the first or second round, but the fact that there’s still a remote possibility that he could still be there in the third, is reason enough for the Eagles to work him out.
The young quarterback is a tremendous athlete with good size at 6’3″ and 235 pounds. He’s built like a rock and he can run. Locker ran a 4.59 in the forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine and was still somewhat disappointed. He jumped 35 inches in the vertical jump broad jumped 9’7″.
If you check out some of his video highlights you will see him leave the pocket and make plays. When he stays in the pocket, he doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback. He looks uncomfortable, erratic and stressed. In his college highlights, once he gets outside of the pocket, he seemed to see the field better and do a much better job of making decisions.
This is troubling and the reason that he’s somewhat of a project. He may be fast for a quarterback, but he will get run down by NFL linebackers and defensive backs once he leaves the pocket in the Pros. Locker won’t be able to break contain and make guys miss in the NFL like he did in the college. He’ll be forced to stay in the pocket and make plays from there.
The young man performed well at his Pro Day by completing 38 of 40 passes. Personally I don’t think Locker is an Eagles kind of quarterback because he’s a slow decision-maker and his accuracy is terrible. He’s best when he’s rolling out and throwing the ball on the move. He’s got a strong arm but the short passing attack isn’t the strength of his game at the moment.
I think you can do too much weightlifting as a quarterback and I wonder if Locker needs to do more stretching and less lifting to improve his throwing stroke.
He would benefit greatly from being drafted to a place like Philly because he wouldn’t have to play right away and he needs to get his fundamentals straightened out. He can make the great play, but he can’t make the simple play, like throwing the out route from the pocket and making sure he leads the receiver outside, so the ball doesn’t get picked off.
He was doing something right at Washington because he threw for a total of 7,639 yards and 53 touchdown passes.
Former NFL Player Personnel Director Mike Lombardi, who is a analyst for the NFL Network, didnt’ give a glowing report of Locker.
“At the end of the day for me, I think when you watch Jake Locker, he’s a potential starter in the NFL,” Lombardi said. “That’s the most you can say at this point in his career. He’s a potential starter.”
Lombardi said that Locker is a third or fourth round type of prospect. I think he’ll go sooner, but any team which decides to draft him, they had better