After what was classified as a disastrous performance at the Senior Bowl, Washington quarterback Jake Locker has had the tough task of rebuilding his reputation and repairing his draft stock. Apparently he has done some good work.
The Minnesota Vikings have shown interest in Locker and they scheduled a private visit with him today, while the Tennessee Titans will put Locker through a workout later this month and will bring him in for an official visit in April. On top of that, the Seattle Seahawks will also meet with him. Those are three teams that are desperately in need of quarterback help, but none of them will be in a position to take either of the draft’s perceived top two quarterbacks, Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton.
Currently Mel Kiper has Locker going to the Seahawks as the 25th pick in the first round of his latest mock draft. That’s a huge jump from the third-round grade some experts were giving Locker following the Senior Bowl.
Following his disastrous Senior Bowl performance Locker shined at the NFL’s Scouting Combine, essentially equaling Cam Newton’s athleticism and actually displaying more accuracy than the Auburn quarterback. Locker measured in at 6’3″ and 231 pounds. He then ripped off a 4.59 40-yard dash (the same as Newton), a 35-inch vertical (same as Newton), a 10-foot broad jump (Newton: 10’6″), ran a 6.77 three-cone drill (Newton: 6.92) and a 4.12 20-yard shuttle (Newton: 4.18). Looking at those numbers you could argue that he’s just as athletic as Newton, maybe even more so.
Locker has always had the arm strength, but accuracy has been the big question mark with him. But he also played in a pro system in college and his intangibles are off the charts. Both of those things seem to be more and more important to NFL execs these days.
If Locker can continue to show improvement with his accuracy, some team will fall in love with all of his other attributes and spend a first round pick on him at the draft.