2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

by Cory J. Bonini on March 7, 2011 @ 16:38:00 PDT

 


Quarterback Jake Locker leaves Washington after his senior season, one that didn't go quite as he had hoped for. At 6-foot-2 1/4, 228 pounds, Locker brings an athletic brand of play to the NFL. He is an accomplished rusher and has a world of upside as a passer. Putting it all together on a consistent basis has eluded him, however.

In 2009, he threw for 2,800 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Locker followed up his junior year with a 2,265-yard, 17-touchdown, nine-interception senior campaign.

Strengths

  • Ideal arm strength to make NFL throws
  • Nice deep pass
  • Jake Locker, Draft Prospect
    Where will Locker go in April?
    Mobility in the pocket with the ability to take off - dangerous in the open field
  • Athletic - multi-sport talent (drafted twice by MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
  • Throws very well on the run
  • Quality delivery motion
  • Competitive: team captain and plays with determination
  • Played well in pressure situations
  • Experienced taking pro-style and shotgun snaps
  • Gutsy player with leadership skills
  • Upside

Weaknesses

  • Accuracy problems, which is largely due to wildly inconsistent footwork
  • Reading defenses - seemed to regress in his senior year
  • Too often drills a pass when touch is called for
  • Injury prone (missed time for a broken rib, thumb and sprained neck in three different seasons)
  • Can be overly aggressive in taking shots into coverage
  • Needs to do a better job of looking off safeties

Expected draft placement

Several teams could select a quarterback in the first round. For Locker, it remains a question of how early he should go in the round. Teams that are in dire need at the position: Carolina Panthers (No. 1), Buffalo Bills (No. 3), Arizona Cardinals (No. 5), San Francisco 49ers (No. 7) and Minnesota Vikings (No. 12).

Other teams that could address a quarterback need: Cincinnati Bengals (No. 4), Washington Redskins (No. 10), Miami Dolphins (No. 15), Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 16) and Seattle Seahawks (No. 25).

Locker probably won't go higher than No. 12, and that may be a reach for him. He would stand to benefit considerably from playing behind a veteran passer for a year or two, but NFL teams demanding a quick return on their investment do not work that way too often. Realistically, Locker will probably go to the Vikings, Jaguars or Seahawks.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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