Many experts were surprised that Jake Locker decided to attend the Senior Bowl. Most quarterbacks avoid any extra chance for scouts to see them do anything once they’ve completed their eligibility. But Locker has never been one to do what everyone expected, after all, he elected to return to Washington for his senior year despite being almost guaranteed to be selected in the top half of the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Well, after enduring a terrible senior year, Locker’s stock dropped considerably, and this week at the Senior Bowl things have only gotten worse. To say that he’s taking a complete nosedive would be kind.
The New York Times quotes one scout saying Locker “hurt himself a lot this week” and that his accuracy is “terrible.” Most experts feel accuracy can’t be taught, it’s just an innate sense a passer has as to when and where the ball needs to be.
Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan is equally unimpressed with Locker. He says that Locker’s release point needs to be fixed and that his inconsistency is “troubling” and that it’s “alarming” how bad his release is. It has gotten so bad that right now Caplan gives Locker a third-round grade.
The guy was in the running to be the top overall pick last year and this year he’s a third rounder? That’s insane.
As ESPN has pointed out, by returning to school, Locker has cost himself a boatload of cash.
The top pick in 2010, Sam Bradford, signed a deal worth $86 million, with $50 million in guaranteed money. Colt McCoy, the first quarterback taken in the third round last year signed a deal worth a maximum of $5 million with just $1.07 million guaranteed.
So Locker may have cost himself somewhere in the neighborhood of $49 million by returning to school. God I hope Andrew Luck is listening and insuring every part of his body.
It’s a sad story because by all accounts Locker is a great kid and he really wanted to be a part of bringing Washington back to prominence and he fully bought into what coach Steve Sarkisian was doing. He did the noble thing and it will certainly cost him.