I’m a couple of days late on this, but I heard Jake Locker’s pro day went pretty well. Scouts Inc. even has him graded out at a 91, which is pretty good for a quarterback who never completed more than 58 percent of his passes or threw for 3,000 yards in a college season.
There were representatives from several teams, including his hometown Seattle Seahawks, as well as Warren Moon and Shaun Alexander. I have no idea what the latter two were doing there, but whatever.
Really, this was a pretty nondescript affair. Locker isn’t going to be a high first round pick, and he’s got several problems. The biggest of those problems is that, while he’s got some good tools and abilities, he’s been wildly overrated nearly from the start of his Washington career. At the college level, people seemed willing to overlook his lack of production and victories and drool at a few of his skills.
Now it seems to be happening at the NFL level too. Check this quote out from a scout: “I’ve never nitpicked a guy like I’ve nitpicked Locker…The guy is a winner, and at the end of the day that has to count for something.”
Yes, Jake Locker, who has a career 12-26 record as a starting quarterback, is a winner.
I’m not going to draw any crazy conclusions here. I won’t say something like: quotes like this are proof professional teams have no idea what they’re doing. And I certainly won’t say that whatever scout said that probably thought he was at Andrew Luck’s pro day (even though that’s not happening until 2012).
Another scout did call Locker’s ability to throw accurately from the pocket “terrible,” but that just furthers my point. Scouts are terribly unreliable and unpredictable.
With this year’s draft class containing potential flame-outs like Locker, Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert, maybe this is the draft that finally creates a Moneyball style approach in the NFL. There have to be better measurables and statistics than the current system. It came to baseball long ago, and the stats revolution is going strong in the NBA as well. Maybe it’s time for the NFL to figure it out too, because there’s no way all three of those quarterbacks are going to be good. Two of them will almost certainly be awful.
My money’s on Locker and Gabbert, by the way. Locker is a baseball player and Gabbert – while statistically prolific compared to Locker – was actually fairly mediocre in Missouri’s system, considering how productive Chase Daniel was there.
Anyway, everyone reading this is hoping it’s not their favorite team’s scout that called Locker a winner. That’s proof enough that Locker is overrated.
The question of which teams will draft Locker, Newton and Gabbert is the major storyline because there’s such a good chance all three will suck at the NFL level. A team might even have to overpay for one of them depending on how this whole labor thing turns out, and Andrew Luck is coming out next year anyway. I’m now officially excited for the draft.
Wait, the Chargers had a rep at Locker’s workout too? Crap.